I’m not expecting an answer to that, but rather I would expect some of you to ask yourselves the question and respond truthfully. Yes, it’s a tough question. Many wouldn’t have an answer if instead of five years would be three years from now or even one year in the future.
It’s only fair to try to answer this question myself. I’m currently involved in three industries that can occasionally interact, but not as a ground rule: online advertising, programing (a little rusty here, but I’ll be back!) and financial media. I’m confident I will still be involved in at least one of these industries five years from now, and fairly confident there will be more than one with various degrees of involvement. The shorter the time span, the higher my certainty, as always when we deal with unpredictable factors.
I know there are people who like to seize the day and just go with the flow. Well, you caught me! I have such days too, but they are not a habit, which make them even more intense for me.
So, did you answer the question? Do you see yourself being involved in the same industry as now? Would you have a regular job? Do you have a regular job now? Assuming you are in the online marketing business, will you earn enough money online five years from now (if you don’t already do), to have a decent life and no other regular job constraints? Lots of questions to think about…
Planning ahead is what makes the difference! Let’s learn from my mistakes: Taking a look back at my early years in online marketing, I realize that besides the knowledge gained during that time, they are mostly wasted, because switching markets made the programs I used or administered back then generally have no purpose here. I also used to join as a free member and click for pennies for some time. Another period I consider wasted, unless this is for pure fun.
I’m not jumping at every upgrade opportunity or credit pack offer today either. But thinking one of my most valuable assets is my time and planning long-term, upgrading is a logical step for me. If I see a great offer (love those lifetime upgrades!) that fits my business strategy and available funds, I won’t hesitate!
Fantastic lifetime upgrades cost around 2-3 years of the regular monthly upgrade! So, where will you be in five years?