The other day someone asked me what I was going to do next. I said, “for the first time in my life, I haven’t really thought about that… for over a year.”
My philosophy on career planning is this: always be open to options. When an option presents itself, discern whether it is more interesting than the current path. If it is more interesting than the current path, pursue the option. If it is not more interesting than the current path, stay on the current path. People who are most interested in and engaged by what they are doing are the most successful. (And happiest.)
This philosophy is directly opposed to the career planning advice I got in college and grad school: make a 10 year plan and then follow it.
If you had told me 10 years ago that I’d be doing what I’m doing right now, and all that I’ve done along the way, I would have laughed all over you.