Almost forty years ago, I assembled a plan of where I wanted my career to be as I matured throughout my professional years. I know, I know–life never turns out the way you plan it. But try telling that to a 20-something who has overwhelming ambition to blaze his own trail.
Right after college, I sat down and wrote out my vision of where I hoped to be as my career progressed. Now, you’ll have to imagine a recent college grad, diploma in hand and ready to take on the world. As I tossed and turned at night, wondering as we all do at that age where my life might end up, I created a list of what I hoped might happen.
Here’s what I came up with:
20’s: The learning years-pay my dues. Be prepared to work crazy long hours and be a sponge for learning.
30’s: Establish myself in a career. Pick a professional lane and move forward.
40’s: The growth years- build my business. Create a reputation. Continue with life-long learning while accelerating the growth of my business.
50’s: Be at the top of my game professionally. Hope to have built a positive professional reputation and a successful business.
60’s (and beyond): Elder Statesman. Spend time working in my flame and providing strategic leadership in my business.
Well, here I am. Today is my 60th birthday and I’ve arrived at the later phase of my list–and I have to say, I’m very excited about it. This life has taken me places I never dreamed I would go; I’ve met people that would forever change it’s course, I’ve seen things that would alter my perspective in profound ways and learned to expect the unexpected. To this day, I’m still amazed how setting a vision helps create a reality.
Today, I look forward to the future. Thank you to everyone who reads this blog. I appreciate you very much.