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Most Annoying Questions Ever
(Note: It’s been 2 years since I wrote this blog and I can say I’m ahead and rolling toward a better situation. Yes, it’s rocky but that’s okay. If you’re looking for career results, then it takes time)
They ask you where you want to be in 5 years in job interviews (and it would be a good question to ask in personal relationships too). If you have ambition, you should answer this question with style. Because they want to know if you have any idea where you’re going and whether you can you visualize your own future. They want to know if you’re a floater or a leader.
You’re Visionary Too you Know
Isn’t it impressive when someone has some idea of where they’re going? They must be fairly optimistic. Optimism and
Do you let circumstances control your fate? Are you interested in discovering a new approach and new results? Very few people push the envelope with their careers or their personal lives. They wait for stuff to fall in their lap.
The trouble is, even smart people can’t visualize too far and most don’t even want to think about it. I’ve got a hunch that I’ll be in San Diego in 5 years. Just a gut feeling spawned by what this city inspires in me.
Things that Change your Views on Success
I like Southern Californian’s attitude and the way they approach business. They have confidence and optimism and they aren’t afraid to spend to succeed. No sitting back, the wealthy atmosphere there makes them believe anything is possible, and big success is normal. I had the good fortune of meeting and having a beer with Sergei Brin of Google in 1998 in Dallas, and I went to their headquarters in Mountainview, California in 2005. Very relaxed and I think it is Sergei’s and Larry’s confidence and laid back attitude that infuses Google.
I’d like to go to another Google party. My ears are still ringing from the last one. I suspect it’s the beautiful California weather that relaxes everyone. Of course, anything’s possible there. They have every conceivable industry and type of business. You really should like going to restaurants, sailing, shopping, and driving if you want to fit in with that crowd. There’s the tennis and golf thing too!
I’m getting off topic here. The point is, Sergei saw an opportunity and went after it. He succeeded. He had complete commitment and belief in it. Maybe he saw where he’d be in 5 years, but I don’t know, that company grew like a weed. Most successful rise ever. He took control of his destiny and he was certainly rewarded.
It’s Time You Looked Ahead at Where Your Life is Headed
Is 5 years from now going to be any different than today? What advice would you give someone else about their future? Who are the people you’ll meet in 5 years? Are they interesting, fun, smart and wanting to share with you?
How about the people in your life now? Are they going to evolve and bring the best out in you? Do they encourage you and increase your self-esteem? Do they help you develop professionally? Do they inspire you? Sorry, had to ask, cuz it comes back to where you’re going to be in 5 years.
What would Tony Robbins say to you visioning your future and who will make it happen? He’d look at you and say what are you doing? Come on, get your act together and make a decision right now to create your great future.
Focus. For imaginative people, focus is very important. Too many possibilities. Pare them down, study them, and then get a plan of action and create your inspiration. It won’t always be pretty. Each day, one more step.
At work or in your personal relationships, time to look at the potential of everything and whether it helps propel you. 5 years is doable.