:: ON BEING A TEN YEAR PLANNER
by Carolyn Buck Luce
Every decade I have dreamed ahead ten years to how I would like to be known and involved in the world – and then I have set out on a journey of discovery to get “here from there”.
This means creating a road map with milestones of what critical experiences I would love to have, what knowledge and skills would I like to acquire and who would I like to be in a relationship with.
What has motivated me has not been about “What position do I want to have in ten years?,” but rather “What is my purpose on this planet?”
If you think about it, ten years of discovery – critical experiences, skills, knowledge, relationships, networks (before you need them!) – is a long time. In fact, it’s about 87,000 hours. According to Malcolm Gladwell, it only takes 10,000 hours to become a world expert. So imagine that you sleep for 30,000 hours. That leaves 50,000 hours to invest in learning how to be great in the areas you have intentionally decided to gain critical experiences, knowledge and relationships.