What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a question I am still asking after more than 3 decades of consideration. And that’s as it should be. We are always becoming. It takes a lifetime to realize your full human potential; the journey never ends. So look ahead into the future: imagine, visualize, and design. Think long term and dream big. Here are three questions to revisit periodically:
- What are my long term goals? Where do I want to be in 5, 10, 20 years? (Check out Forte’s Virtual Campus for inspiration.)
- What legacy would I like to leave behind during my life?
- When I retire, what would I regret not having achieved?
Steven Covey called this beginning with the end in mind, in his famous book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. At each step of your career, you will learn more about jobs, industries, and causes that inspire you. Evaluating and incorporating each new inspiration into your long term vision will help you refine your understanding of your own values and make better choices in the short term. More on that next week.
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