Counting your chickens before they've hatched is sensible long-range planning.
The early worm, on the other hand, gets eaten by the bird.
If you can't join them, beat them.
The simplest explanation is that it doesn't make sense.
A person who has a million dollars is as well off as if he were rich.
You can't tell how deep a puddle is until you step into it.
If you knew what you are doing, you'd probably be bored.
If at first you don't succeed, you're running about average.
You can get over anything but a rock in your shoe.
You can't win. Shoot for a tie.