That’s a good question. Recently, someone asked me where I’d like to be in 3 years. I had a hard time answering that question because I constantly see each day as an opportunity to iterate on existing skills and knowledge.

The best example is my loose goal of home ownership. I would like to purchase property at some point but I am not very particular on whether it is a condo or a semi-detached house or a fully-detached house. Nor I do have a set date as to when I hope it will happen. Instead, I set aside about $350 — $600/month with the general objective that I will put down a 20% down payment for a property that will range from $450,000 — $550,000, give or take. I am very open to whatever opportunities will present themselves over the next few years.

I learned the hard way that when you have highly specific goal, you pay too much attention to it to the detriment of everything else in your life. When your life becomes unbalanced it will most likely lead to discontent.

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