Your life is not a machine. It is a song. It is a relationship with existence. It is a viewpoint. It is an opinion. It comes from the heart.
The path you follow in life is not prescribed by facts, just as the roads you follow are not dictated by the road map. You are free to travel upon the roads of your choosing. However, the roadmap is a fact. It let’s you know what roads currently exist.
Similarly, to be successful, your opinions must be consistent with fact, but they are not prescribed by fact. The musical scale provides the possiblities, but the song is yours.
You are free.