These days, I feel like I’m always watching the countdown to graduation (today it’s 70 days). After graduation, the change in my life will definitely be monumental. In the past month, graduation and this change is all I’ve been able to think about, and frankly, I’m excited.
- I’ll be in a new city.
- I’ll be ~probably~ living on my own (unless one of my friends ends up in the same city).
- I’ll be making an entirely new group of friends.
- I’ll be working a 9-to-5, 40 hour week with a high likelihood of working much more.
- I’ll be the low man on the totem pole (ya that’s a good thing sometimes).
- I’ll be hundreds of miles away from my GW family.
Until this weekend, I’ve only been thinking about the immediate change. But, I know I don’t want to be in the same role, let alone the same company, for my entire life. So for the past few days, I’ve been thinking about what I want my life to look like in the long-term – like 20 years down the road, to be specific.
In 20 years, I want to be running my own company. I don’t know what the company will be yet. I don’t know where the company will be yet. What I do know, though, is easy –
I know I want to be setting my own rules.
I won’t call myself an entrepreneur because I feel like many entrepreneurs are driven mainly by money. For me, it’s so much more:
- The freedom to work on whatever I want.
- The control over when I work and who I work for.
- The passion to continue to learn.
- The opportunity to change a status quo.
Ya – I’m still a senior in college, and I know I’ll be working for a big organization right after graduation. But I know that’s not where I’ll be forever. I want to continue to learn and to think for myself, rather than as a small part of a large company. If that means I change my career path in 5 years or 10, that’s okay. Because in the end, I’ll make it to where I want to be. And in the meantime, I’ll be paving the way to a future that’s all my own.
Where do you see yourself in 20 years?