I asked a friend recently about his plans and was surprised by the answer. I won't give his answerhe reads this blogbut here's the same advice that I gave him.
The $100 Million Question
Many college students have a hard time deciding about jobs, so start with this: you've been given $100 million USD but then you're told you've got five years to live. You don't have an inexhaustible amount of money but it should cover anything you want to do. But you've got to get moving, you've only got five years.
Don't be vague. Don't say something like "I'd start a business." You've got $100,000,000 ... You don't need money so what will the business dowhat will it accomplish?
Most people say they'd travelagain, too vague. You can see every continent and most countries in one year. Now you've got four years left... You'll get very bored, very quick sipping Mai Tai's on the beach all day.
What'll be your legacy? You're on your death bed and someone asks what you didhow do you want to be remembered? You've got $100,000,000 to make it happen.
Tom Kelley has a great presentation on the three circles theory, so I'll let him explain.
This is only part onethe idea phase. Think about the $100 million question and the ideas in Kelly's presentation. What were you born to do?