The 5-year plan: Dreaming long range

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Where do you see yourself five years from now?


I have heard that’s a typical interview question at larger firms.

I also heard it in a funny movie where an older retired gentleman is looking for part time work.  I can’t remember his answer, but mine might be ‘still breathing.’ ;D

I used to work in telephone engineering long-range planning.  That’s a mouthful, but my point is we planned.  We had a 20-year plan and a 5-year plan.  We revised those every year as things changed.  But we always looked at everything long-term.  Many of us adapted that training to our own lives.  One boss bought a brand new car just before he retired as part of his long-range plan.  He planned for that to be his last car.

Making a long-range plan can be fun.  It means setting some goals.  Having dreams.  When life is handing out lemons, can we make some lemonade.  Mine may have a little something extra in it. ;D

I am planting fruit trees.  It will be a while before I can enjoy the fruit, but I am excited to see them bloom and grow.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?  Need some help with a plan?

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