Can you suggest guidelines for setting / renewing a 5 years goal

post by Barth · 2020-05-14T18:24:32.423Z · score: 10 (4 votes) · EA · GW · None comments

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Hi EA community,

This is my first post here - I am excited to connect with like-minded people, and apologize in advance if this post doesn't adhere to standards and best practices around here.

I gradually switched from a conventional career to an altruism-focused career over a few years, with my journey starting out in 2015. Back then, I set a 5 years goal, and a plan to get there. I am lucky to say that it worked out more or less according to plan.

Today, I am working in a role where I am granted the opportunity to have a significant impact on communities we are working with. However, my 5 years plan has now come to an end, and I am considering whether & how I should set up a plan for the coming 5 years (5 being arbitrary here - could be 3 or 10 !).

I thought about setting a number, basically coming to a statement like: "In 5 years, I want to have generated $X of incremental impact at no extra cost for my organization".

NB. Incremental seems like a key word to me - I think we should compare the total impact of my organization in 5 years incl. my contribution vs. the impact it would have had, had I not joined it.

One way to set a lower bound for that number would be to say: I could have stayed in my previous job, and given most of my earnings to my current organization, who would turn it into impact based on its proven SROI. Let's call it my impact cost of opportunity. I estimate my 5 years impact cost of opportunity to be ~$1M/year, and my 10 years impact cost of opportunity to be ~$10M/year.

Couple of additional considerations that may be relevant:

Now, I suppose my questions are:

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