Living without expectations
Jason Fried

Just awesome. Best inspiration of the week. And I can finally come out of the closet as a no-goal guy.

I’ve always been mystified by this “where do you want to be in five years?” thing. It always felt bogus to me, sheer fantasy. I hasten to add: There’s nothing wrong with fantasy, daydreaming, brainstorming. But you can’t WORK AT “five years from now” — you can only work at what’s right in front of you. Paying attention is the work.

To make myself vulnerable with a bit of TMI, I used to attend 12-step meetings, where the “one day at a time” philosophy is promoted. I remember a mentor telling me, when I had voiced a hope for the future, “Next Thursday is none of your business!” And they were so right. Just attend to the work at hand, do your best, start anew.



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