The other day I was talking about maintenance and how it impacts your future self. I mentioned that you should gauge your actions based on who you want to be in 5 years.
This morning I opened twitter to this:
If you look back 5 or 10 years, would you want that version of you determining what you’d be doing today? For me: No. that’s why I’ll never understand the “where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?” question.— Jason Fried (@jasonfried) August 2, 2018
It’s a direct challenge to what I was saying. And in fact, I think it’s true. In five years from now, would I have wanted the past me to be making decisions about what I should be doing in that time? Definitely not.
But, I do think it’s healthy to tend towards something that you aspire to. The decisions, paths, and specifics are all gray. They’re not set in stone. You can’t become a very specific person, everything is nuanced.
When I am talking about healthy habits and an environment that reinforces those habits, I am talking about tending towards a better version of yourself. The actual specifics aren’t set in stone, and you can’t predict everything that is going to happen to you.
Your habits drive the decisions that you will make, and the decisions you make will determine the direction your life will tend. So, even though right now you’re not nearly the same person you will be in 5 years, you still are the one making decisions, and you have to do all you can to protect the tendencies so you end up where you want to go.