What Does Your Future Look Like?

What Does Your Future Look Like?

Whenever you read this, try to imagine what you were doing at this precise time, exactly 10 years earlier.

I’m writing this note around noon. Ten years before this issue’s Feb. 4 newsstand date, I quite likely was leaving my old job for my lunch hour, stopping for cheap tacos and retreating to my apartment to play a round of golf on my Tiger Woods video game, then dragging myself back into the office.

The goal back then was just to get through the day with as little effort, thought or hassle possible. I was a 23-year-old kid, and time was an ample resource. I wasted lots of it.

Back then I feared getting older. Now I’m glad I did. With age comes wisdom, I suppose, and an appreciation for what little time we have left, relatively. My years at SUCCESS have taught me that not all hours are the same. Just as we can spend a dollar or invest a dollar, the same is true of our time: An hour spent with no good use is gone forever, but an hour invested into oneself will yield positive returns in the future. Today I’ll be working on a passion project over lunch. Tomorrow I might decide to read or meet a friend or colleague. It’s time well invested.


We call this The Future Issue of SUCCESS because the dawn of a new decade is the perfect occasion to realize all the opportunity that lies in front of you in the 2020s and beyond.


This issue marks the magazine’s foray into its 14th decade of operation, dating back to the 1890s. It gives me chills to imagine how many hours our readers have invested in SUCCESS during that time, and the massive returns they’ve experienced. I think about the work of our original founder, Orison Swett Marden, and other personal development giants who have carried to torch over the years, such as Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone. Their work paved the way for today’s achievement influencers, who now bring such timeless lessons forward in new ways for new generations. You’ll meet a dozen of The New Thought Leaders in this issue.

We call this The Future Issue of SUCCESS because the dawn of a new decade is the perfect occasion to realize all the opportunity that lies in front of you in the 2020s and beyond. The future, quite literally, is now, and this edition is devoted to laying out all the reasons you should be optimistic about it.

Tony Robbins once said that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year and underestimate what they can accomplish over a decade, or two or three.

So, do you remember what you were doing 10 years ago? I’ll bet you’re amazed at how much you’ve grown. Imagine where you can be 10 years from now.

Related: Your Future Is Now


This article originally appeared in the March/April 2020 issue of SUCCESS magazine.
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Josh Ellis is the editor in chief for SUCCESS magazine. Before joining SUCCESS in 2012, he was an accomplished digital and print sportswriter, working for the Dallas Cowboys Star magazine, the team’s gameday program, and DallasCowboys.com. Originally from Longview, Texas, he began writing for his hometown newspaper at 16.

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