Book Review – ‘5: Where Will You be Five Years from Today?’

Book Review – ‘5: Where Will You be Five Years from Today?’

On my bookshelf, there’s a book by the title of 5: Where Will You Be Five Years from Today? by Dan Zadra. Every so often, I have seen it on a coffee table or in a bookstore. The title is a bit daunting for some, but others find it exhilarating to plan out the next five years. Here are five simple, yet thought-provoking lessons that I gleaned from this book.

  1. Think Big. Let’s not limit ourselves. Let’s have goals and break them down into simple steps. Every problem is an opportunity for a creative solution. If the first answer to a problem has failed, think outside of the norm and look for the second answer.
    “Your resources are always far greater than you imagine them to be. Never ask, ‘Can I do this?’ Ask instead, ‘How can I do this?’” – Dan Zadra
  2. Have adventures! As a designer, I constantly try to find ways to fuel my creativity, and I’ve found that one of the best ways is to break free from predictability and add some spontaneity to my day. Sure, we all have schedules and lists of tasks to accomplish, but what if we were to try something that makes us uncomfortable, that stretches us in a new way, and gives us a new perspective on life?  “Because of our routines we forget that life is an ongoing adventure.” – Maya Angelou
  3. Imagine. Turn the “what if” into reality. I push myself out of my comfort zone to better understand the world and my place in it. When we write down our dreams, they become goals and when we decide on our values, they become the compass to guide us towards success.
  4. Wonder. Ask questions and never stop learning. With so much information at our fingertips, why not learn something new? Write down ideas, dream big, even if it sounds a little crazy.  “Thousands of perceptions, hunches, ideas and intuitions race through our brains every day. Some are pure genius. Give them the red light for a least long enough to write them down.” – Ralph Ford
  5. Live, don’t just exist. Each day can be fun and full of possibilities. Yes, even Mondays. Zadra claims that in an average lifespan there are approximately 27,375 days. We have the choice to simply go through each day, or we can choose to continually grow each day. Now is a good time to start. It’s not too late – someday can be today.

In this holiday season, I’m thankful for the possibilities that the next five years hold, and I wish us all big, adventurous, imaginative and wonderful thoughts!

Ariel Butz

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