How much income does it take to achieve the American Dream? Always more than you are making now, it seems.
Do you remember the interview question – Where do you see yourself in five years? Having chosen the career path that you are now on, every now and then it does you good thing to look forward and ask yourself that great interview question again.
Here are a few more questions to ask yourself: How many successful people are in your field that have been there for five years longer than you? Are they at the point where you anticipated when you began? Can you outpace them? Are you on the track that you imagined? Are you where you thought you would be at this point?
Achieving the Dream
Five years into my Navy career, I was on the verge of living my dream. At that point I was finishing my first sea tour and had orders to a Special Boat Unit in Panama. From that point on, my career got better and better. Success in all areas from personal growth, contribution and increasing income contributed to a rewarding career. During the entire 26 year career, I always sought more and found ways to achieve more. Achieving the dream is my hope for you in your career.
I hope to spur you to examine your situation and take inventory of your progress toward the goals you set for yourself when you started working. Are you on track to surpass your initial expectations? Have you achieved the income level you envisioned? If you keep doing what you have been doing, where will you be in one, five and ten years from now? While it is not a good idea to keep looking back, you do want to take an occasional inventory of your progress. If you are meeting your goals, fantastic! It might be time for you to treat yourself to a reward. Maybe go out for a special dinner or buy a new trinket.
If you are not on track to reach the goals you set for yourself, it is time to adjust and set new goals that are in tune with your true values. Make an assessment of what prevented you from reaching the goals. Read More →