It’s one of the most common job interview questions.
It’s easy to answer during job interviews.
Just say, “I see myself as an officer/manager/executive of the company.”
After all, the interviewer just wants to know whether you’ll be staying with them for a long time or not.
But, outside of your job, how do you see yourself ten years from now?
More specifically, what do you want to be and have ten years from now?
I found myself struggling for answers last night as I was reading a book.
I no longer loosely use the word “depressed” to describe how I’m feeling because there really is a clinical depression.
But, honestly, for the past six months, ever since I left my job, I have been feeling depressed (or the closest thing to it).
Even though I already have a semi-freelance job right now, it’s not the job I was thinking about having when I left my previous job.
For six months, I was focused on surviving or landing a better job.
I became short-sighted and I lost sight of my long-term dreams and vision.
Another part of why I was feeling depressed was because I lost the little self-belief that I had in achieving those long-term dreams. It’s probably another factor as to why I have forgotten about them.
Finally, all I remembered among all my dreams was becoming an author. But, I wasn’t committing to it.
I wanted to be an author. It would be nice to become an author someday. But, there was no commitment on my part.
No vision. No self-belief. And no commitment. A terrible combination.
Right now, you may be feeling down or lost. You may be struggling with finding your lot in this life. You may be going through a quarter-life, midlife, or identity crisis.
I want to ask you three questions:
What do you want to be and have ten years from now?
Do you genuinely believe that you can become the person you want to be and get what you want to have?
Will you commit to being who you want to be and getting what you want to have?
Hopefully, they’ll help you find direction and take responsibility of your life. Because, last night, they helped me. A lot. And that’s an understatement.
Finally, there are two things I want you to do for today:
Look back to 2006. What was your vision for your life? Did you take responsibility over your life for past decade?
Look ahead to 2026. Will you take responsibility over your life for the next decade?
P.S. In case you’re curious, looking back to 2006 (I was 18 then), I did take a little bit of responsibility when I decided that I wanted to become an entrepreneur. I’m not there yet. Although I have become a freelance writer—a step forward for me. Also, some of my unfulfilled dreams, I didn’t commit to. Lesson learned. Shall we commit starting today?