What do you want to do when you grow up? What type of role are you looking for next?
These questions are stale and useless. Today's up-and-comers change career paths frequently. More than that, we're faced with an ever-changing job field, where new, never seen before positions (and industries!) pop up on a daily basis.
And roles are changing too. Where specialists used to be in high demand (and still are, to a certain extent), we are now expected -- but not yet encouraged or taught how -- to become expert generalists. Able to perform and excel in cross-functional teams, and expected to innovate and be creative in everything we do.
So, if you insist on asking me, "Where do you see yourself in five years?" then the second I answer, what I said will be out of date and out of touch.
And it's not from lack of direction or strategic foresight and planning. It's because I realize that I know what I don't know.
And I know for a fact that I have absolutely no idea where my career will take me in the next five minutes, let alone five years.
Instead, ask me what my life objective is.
You might think that uncovering my life objective would be even more difficult to discern. You're wrong.
While career objectives continuously change, my core purpose for being likely won't.
So, what's my major life objective?
To remain connected to all things real and tangible. And to inspire and build connectivity for others - humans and organizations alike.
And, where do I see myself in five years? Who knows!