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July 28, 2010 / melbraykel

5 Year Plan

I had a meeting yesterday with our new CIO at work and I had to respect him when he admitted that he has never in his life had a 5 year plan.  I too have always felt it difficult to plan out my life that far in advance.  When I graduated from high school everyone asked the dreaded question of what are your plans?  What do you want to do with your life?  I so badly wanted to answer, “Hell I don’t know, I have NO idea!!” because that was the truth.  I felt like I was floundering around trying to figure it out while in college.  And now, I’m 35 years old and I still feel that way.  I envy the people I see near me who always knew the career they wanted and had the path all drawn out for themselves.  I lucked out.  I fell into my career.  I started out entry level and moved my way up.  I usually say that I feel lucky to be where I am.  It’s funny because I must say that alot.  My husband and parents always says to me, “Part of it may be luck but you are the one who worked hard to get to this place.”   I guess sometimes it’s hard to accept when I never really knew where I was going when I started.  So I had to really respect a man who has made it into a position of CIO when he said that he’s never had a 5 year plan.  He admitted when opportunities have arised he made choices that he felt would benefit him at that time.  So maybe I’ve shorted myself all these years in thinking it’s been mostly luck.  I need to give myself more credit for the decisions I’ve made.  For it’s my decisisons and choices that have led me to the position I’m in today.    So who needs a 5 year plan anyway??