Today in Five Years

What would you feel if I said, “I got information from a very reliable source that five years from now your life will be exactly the same”? It seems that a lot of you would not be very pleased. There’s no doubt that those whose lives are going badly would not be very happy. However, even those in a happy relationship and with a good job would also, most likely, not be very pleased, because being in the same place in five years would seem like deadlock.

But how is it possible that while we’re so willing for change, we continue to do the same things every day and expect different results?

There’s a saying by Bill Gates that goes: “Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.” I think the exact opposite. Because we, with our big dreams and our propensity for putting off our desires for years, are unable to see how little changes every day can create utter magic. As if, despite the fact that we continue to do the same thing every day, that one day will arrive and everything will be changed. We must rescue ourselves from this illusion as soon as we can and realize that there’s no better time than right now for anything.

If I were to ask that highly unlikable and cliché job interview question a bit differently;

What would you differently today so that you wouldn’t end up in the same place as now in five years?



Translated by Feride Yalav-Heckeroth

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