Learn to Live One Day at a Time

THE initial title planned for this chapter was “You do not need to know where you will be in five years.” It was triggered by the memories of the numerous job interviews during which I was asked a variation of the cliché question about where I see myself in the next x number of years. There are at least two things that are wrong with this query. Firstly, it forces the interviewee to engage in creative storytelling (aka lying). The apparent answer “in your job” is most likely not the one they are looking for. Secondly, it invites the candidate to immerse in an illusionary belief that we are the masters of our future. “If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans” (Woody Allen). An interviewer ...

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