Where do I want to be 10 years from now?
I could continue to work as an employee in a few companies. With some luck, I may become a middle manager in charge of a few systems and leading a few teams. I may have higher pay and live in a larger house located at a better location and drive a better car that can be parked nearer to my office. I would be able to choose a better seat in the office (most likely at the corner near windows). I may get to evaluate the young and have the right to promote those I think performed better during the year.
But there are a few snapshot that I imaged if I follow that path made me laugh at myself. Yes, according to business convention here, bosses choose their seat window corner seat first. But due to some randomness, my boss’ boss is at 2 seats on my right near the window. As a result, he constantly needs to pull the curtain up and down to balance the reflection on his monitor. Well, because I seated far from the window, stable supply of electricity save me all those troubles.
And yes, the big boss have a fancy big house located in a well-established neighborhood. But excluding the 8 hours of sleeping time (may be less, assume 6 hours only), he can only enjoy 3~4 hours a day there, as I assume he would have to spend more than 12 hours near my seat during the day.
I assume he drives a fancy car as well, as I have yet to meet him while he is driving. He would have to make a tradeoff between how long he wants to stay in his big house or in his fancy car due the rush hour traffic in CBD.
What’s next? Oh, while I am waiting for his appraisal at the end of the year, he had just gone through his with his boss who is holding our feedback to him as well. And so far as I know, we get a big treat from him at year end, but he may not have such a generous boss.
Well, I can’t give an answer for the question in this post, but a general principle for the path I need to choose is to choose differently.
The lesson of Buffett was: To succeed in a spectacular fashion you had to be spectacularly unusual.
(Lewis, Michael (2010-05-12). The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (p. 35). Norton. Kindle Edition.)
CAUTION: I am not criticizing people, I just record my imagination.