I’m not really sure why they ask this question during interviews.
The truth is, no one knows where they’ll be in 5 years. There are just too many variables that you as an individual cannot account for: the economy, tech innovation, the lives of your friends and family, and all of the other random twists and turns that life throws at us.
Five years ago (9/15/2004):
- I was in the final semester of my senior year of college.
- I had just accepted my engineering job, which I started in January.
- I hadn’t even heard of a blog.
- SportsLizard was exactly 2 months old.
- Revenue was $74 total for those two months (I looked it up).
- Running a business full time was a pipe dream.
Go back another year and I wouldn’t even know how to get up a simple website with some text and a link. Nor would I have ever heard of PHP, or have the first clue about anything e-commerce related. I would have laughed at the idea of me owning a company.
How awesome is that? I don’t want to try to control the uncontrollable. It causes unnecessary stress. It causes you to miss opportunities. I hope I know as little about 9/15/2014 as I knew about 9/15/2009 back on 9/15/2004.