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To Succeed in The Long-Term, Think in 5, 10, or 20 Year Time Frames

Thinking in longer time horizons

Artwork: Boris Pelcer

Written by Thomas Oppong on Medium

“A proper goal is something that you really need to achieve. Desires are things that you want that can prevent you from reaching your goals. Typically, desires are first-order consequences,” writes Ray Dalio, the founder of the world’s biggest hedge fund firm, Bridgewater Associates.

Long-term thinking is the best short-term strategy

Thinking about the long-term implications of your short-term decisions forces you to consider their true implications.

Will you regret your decision not to pursue your life’s purpose or dream career in the next 10 years?

“Most people overestimate what they can do in 1 year and underestimate what they can do in 10 years,” says Bill Gates.

If you think about the long term, then you can really make good life decisions that you won’t regret later. In any major decision, if you get stuck when it comes to making decisions, try this.

Every decision gets you closer to either your best future self or worse self.

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