A big vision
I think the best way to live is to serve a big vision that comes from within. This of course could take decades. Making money, practicalities all take a certain form and structure and fit in when the vision is in place.
Until this point one might have to fumble along or work towards lesser visions or just survive with no vision at all or a wishy washy one. However, once a real one is realized the wait is seen as worth it.
The other approach to life, handling practicalities, making money, building structures around you, and finally when reaching a certain point adding a vision won't really work. You'll have a life that seems to work, but it will not have a real vision. It will be manufactured.
So live, do what you have to, play out different cards but be aware all the elements won't make sense until there is a big vision and all else indirecty and directly serves it. Moving towards this is the only direction to take. Of course you'll do and try other avenues, but this is what will last.