When I was part of the normal working world in the UK, I loved this question. It made me feel powerful to know exactly what I wanted. I’d smile at my interviewer and tell them confidently what I wanted from the company and where I would see myself going. I had mapped out every detail in my head of how I intended to get there and it was a sure thing. Looking back it really makes me realize how controlling I was of my own life. I was so naive and thought that if I don’t bow down to my 5 year plan I have failed. This interview question makes my blood boil now. It’s such an unrealistic way of living.
Being ambitious is a great quality but life has a way of presenting huge turbulences that the 5 year plan could become a 20 year plan. In some cases it could just be that a new plan has to come about altogether. So what then? Do we hang in the towel and cry into our soggy cereals? Life happens and the clock continues to tick.
Life has happened to me. I had no choice but to just ride the waves until I could figure out what I’m supposed to do. I’m still carving out a plan but it isn’t for 5 years anymore. It’s what I am able to achieve daily that matters now. That daily toil will eventually get me to my final goal. So next time someone asks me what my 5 year plan is, my response will be with a giant smile I don’t have one. I choose to have an end destination and live each day purposefully.