No Idea What’s Next?


No Idea What’s Next?

It’d be an understatement to say my past four years have been… different from each other.

To be more accurate (with a hint of hyperbole), they’ve all involved radical life changes.

2012 was easy enough. I just had to finish my last year of high school, move to Arizona, and start my first year of college.

2013 came and the goal of the year was to drop out of college after building something that would launch me onto the location independent track. Self Stairway was born early 2013 and eventually led to my dream job with Empire Flippers.

2014 had me abroad for 11 of the 12 months working alongside EF as their apprentice then Marketing Director. My mission for the year was to help the company that brought me in to grow.

2015, the present, was the year I launched my own company. It was the year of entrepreneurship, striking it out on my own, and turning a profit.

But as I approach the end of 2015, with exactly a month left, I look at 2016 and scratch my head. I don’t know what I want 2016 to be.

And it dawned on me that I’ve been rather aimless for the past several months. I’ve stopped following my morning routines. I’ve nearly dropped my habit of reading books and other websites that I used to learn so much from.

To be completely honest, I’ve been slacking and I’ve been getting complacent. Most of this stems from the uncertainty of not knowing what I want to do with myself next.

Although it’s a bit unnerving, it always seems to works out in the end so I’m trusting 2016 will be an interesting chapter too.

I already know that money doesn’t quite motivate me, so trying to build my millions is out. Writing a book was pretty high on my list for a while until I actually got the process started. Then I realized the process was draining me and I couldn’t really see myself wanting to finish that in the near-future. So that’s out too.

Don’t know. What else is there? Become a public speaker? Maybe. Professional tennis player? Nah.

Only thing I have planned for now: just keep doing my best and keep crushing it. Cop out answer but an answer nonetheless.

Maybe I can steal some ideas from you.

What do you have planned for yourself in 2016?

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Vincent Nguyen is the author of Self Stairway and founder of Growth Ninja, a digital marketing agency that specializes in Facebook Ads. Voted "Most Guapo" five years in a row (lost during 6th year to a hand model.)

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16 responses to No Idea What’s Next?

  1. Yo buddy, I’m sure you will figure out some awesome stuff, life have a way of making things happen 😉

  2. Lei Lani Lucero December 1, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    2016 is not here yet – so I have no concrete plans.
    (not really a cop out, but…)
    All I know is that I feel I am on a good path. I have uncovered my inner happy. I make enough money to not go deeper in debt, and pay off some of my accumulated debt from the last two decades. I love what I do to earn money, so career switching is not on the horizon. I love where I live, so moving is not on my horizon. I love the people that I have drawn into my life, so spending more quality time with them is definitely what I am doing.
    I am almost coasting with the thought that what I do changes the world. (only because we all change the world, every day, with every action or inaction) My goal is to have that change be viewed as positive by the people I care about, and the people that care about me.
    How’s THAT for some goals you can steal? *laugh*
    I plan on doing what I am currently doing.
    Living my life.
    Loving my life.
    Having fun and changing the worls.

  3. Well, it’s going to have a tough start full of exams but I can only expect good things from 2016. By half of the year I will end my degree and move to another city, maybe in a foreing country.

    If you ask me, continue reading and have fun. Don’t let serious things affect your carisma.

    • Finals week, right? Best of luck!

      What cities or countries have your attention right now?

      • France, England, Holland… I will apply for the best european universities and hope that one of them pick me. We’re being mistreated in Spain as students so I can do nothing but leave before I lose what I have left of motivation. I’m really beacoming the intellectual equivalent of an amoeba.

        So it’s fun to escape the normal school environment and meet inspired people that are doing great out there.

  4. Hello Vincent,

    I am one individual who always wakes up every Monday morning and the first website I always do find myself on is
    I have being following your blog since it started way back in 2013 but I rarely comment.

    Talking of what of 2016 will be like; why don’t we concentrate on the present and let the future cater for itself?

    Thanks and please keep up with your good works.

    • Whoa!

      Kabie, thanks so much for following for all of these YEARS. That is absolutely amazing and means a lot to me. Even more when you say that this is the first place you go on Monday mornings. I’ve got to keep that in mind next time I even think about skipping a single week. 🙂

      Good point on focusing in the present. I think looking forward a bit molds present action, though, wouldn’t you agree?

  5. Hey Vincent,

    I pretty much am in the same boat as you are. I’m 22 but that burst of enthusiasm and energy I ought to have doesn’t seem to be there anymore for the last few months. It definitely has alot to do with losing direction.

    Since it’s December, I figured I’d make a few Year-End Resolutions to drop a some lazy habits and get back to a good place for 2016.

    Wish you all the best.

  6. For me, just looking to continue following my interests, exploring the world and learning as much as possible.

    Just found this blog and you seem like a cool dude Vincent. Wish you the best moving forward.

  7. you have achieved so much and have many more talents to go where ever you wish to . you have inspired so many people already . All the best wishes for future !!

  8. AT LEAST YOU HAVE SOME GENERAL DIRECTION. You don’t know how terrified I am of my future and of myself. The dumb decisions I’ve been making this year that have the potential to ruin my life. Im schedualed to see a therapist next week but I don’t even know if thats gonna be enough. You honestly have nothing to worry about, dude. I’m the one who needs to get my life sorted out asap

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