[Career Story] Five Year Plan

Thursdays have, in the recent months, been dedicated to writing about self-improvement. Through improving my space, attitude, workflow, and other areas, I’ve developed the persistence to work on bigger concepts. If any mentality or physicality were hindered by self-doubt, I’d be instead wallowing in negativity. Let’s continue that conceptual evolution by asking the big question: where do I see myself in five years? In a better spot, of course! So what’s the “getting there” plan?

Let’s start with my current context.

My career until now has been centralized around entry to mid-tier level work in one field. It’s good enough pay and I’m good enough at what I do that I can keep doing it nearly indefinitely. It’s just the natural inclination to get more ends up presenting itself in weird ways. I’d have to sacrifice more of my personal time, accept more responsibilities, and temporarily become less of who I really want to be just to get slightly more pay.

That’s why writing is such a nice option.

By focusing my efforts on work that allow my writing to shine, I can practice my writing and editing, eventually I’ll get to a place where I can write professionally. I don’t know to what degree. I don’t imagine I’ll start writing “The Story” for another five years. Or, maybe I already am, because I’m already writing every week inconsequential short stories about a side character, Sam, older sister to a main character: Trishna.

Writing is much more sustainable work for me.

I can do the other career work. I can work many types of gigs. There’s just something about writing that helps me feel alive. I become physically sick if I don’t write. I didn’t write the last two days, and I wasn’t able to dedicate more than one hour of time to write in nearly a week, which was terrible for me. If I don’t write, it’s like becoming severely dehydrated or inflicted with a serious illness requiring medication.

How will the next five years help me get there?

Discipline is the biggest answer. Do what you must, even when you’d rather not, until you’re always doing what you want to do. This means working hard by putting in the hours on the work that needs to get done, working smart by figuring out how to do the work with the time you have, and realizing the “so what” of why you’re working. Any gig or job you accept should help advance your career.

If your work, gig, or lifestyle doesn’t progress your skills, drop it.

With the writing work I’ve done since I started Better Zombie in August 2016, and through my almost-daily writings since March 2017, I can only imagine how bright my 2023 will be especially if I continue improving myself as I’ve done since establishing my sobrieties in March 2013. What that means is refusing to be satisfied with how thing are right now. I must keep working toward my goals.

Some comfort prevents burnout. Mostly comfort prevents evolution.

My big goal is writing. My most important goal is writing "The Story." All other goals should work toward that central goal. My proudest moment is the most recent time I overcame some fear, which should have been today. I'm a better zombie than I was yesterday. I'm not better than you and you're not better than me. Let's strive to be better every day.