An idea that really rings in my head is around long term planning. The context I typically hear it is in when dealing with personal finances, but I think it applies to career goals as well.
Immature, and eventually/continually broke people constantly talk about how to spend their money. “Thank God it’s Friday, Oh God it’s Monday”. The check comes in, and it goes right back out. All decisions are made for the short term. How much payment on a car can I afford? How much is my check this week so I can go out this weekend.
This type of thinking will kill any chance of long term wealth building…. but that’s not the point of this post. The point is, it applies to your career, income, job, etc as well.
Most people I know think about their current job. There are two sides to that.. how to do the best I can, and how can I get by without being two miserable. (that’ll make for another blog post later).
The question that’s missed is “Will this job get me to the job I want in 5-10 years”
I’m constantly thinking about “What’s next”. ( I hope Aharon doesn’t read this wrong, lol, I like him)
What’s your 5 – 10 year goal? Are you actively working to get there? Read books, meet people doing what you want to do, look into applicable education.
My career field is fantastic. I’m very glad to enjoy what I do day to day. I get to leverage computers to keep people safer. I use lots of technology to monitor and protect your computer network and personal data.
10 years from now?
I’m a fan of work. I’m a fan of flexibility. In 10 years, I’ll own my own technology firm of some sort. What kind of tech company, you ask? That’s where I get stuck. So many options, and I don’t know how to narrow it down yet.
- Continue to monitor the cybersecurity industry, and try to find a need to fill by building a product (or services company)
- Build a technology integration service. Lots of R&D, making tools work together, after all, that’s my favorite thing to do
- General technology consulting. Strategic consulting, not necessarily hourly contracting kind of thing.. but, who knows
Lots of ideas, lots of options.
What do you see me doing? What do you see YOU doing?
(( Seriously, Aharon, I’m not going anywhere anytime soon ))
(( Fine, here, I’ll show my loyalty.. check out what we’re building at Perch Security!!! ))