Between Amazon and the Blue Origin space company, Jeff Bezos – with a current value of $ 134.5 billion according to Forbes – obviously has a lot of work to do.
"I'm trying to organize my personal time to live mainly between two and three years," Bezos told the Yale Club in New York in February, according to a Business Insider transcript.
Bezos has huge goals: he wants Amazon "to be the most customer-centric company on the planet," according to its 2018 annual letter, and wants Blue Origin to help create a way for the company to solar system to support 1 trillion people ("1,000 Mozarts and 1,000 Einsteins," he told the Yale Club).
And "the vision is absolutely important," he said. But "we have to start."
The vision, he says, "does not deserve your day-to-day attention.You need a vision, so it's a touchstone: it's a thing to which you can always come back if ever you're confused.But most importantly, your time should be spent on things happening today, this year, maybe in the next 2 or 3 years, "Bezos said, according to the transcript.
Although Bezos may be concerned about a few goals in the future, he sets his daily schedule based on what he hopes will happen in two or three years.
His top Amazon executives are also working on a similar schedule.
"We will announce our quarterly results Amazon and [people will say]"Great neighborhood, congratulations!" And then I say, "Thank you," said Bezos. But what I really think is [how] this quarter was a little cooked and realized 2 or 3 years ago and, at the present time, senior executives of Amazon are working on a quarter that will occur in 2021, 2022. "
"I always encourage people to keep a powerful vision and stay so stubborn, and do not let anyone stray from your vision," Bezos said. "But focus the vast majority of your energy and attention on the things that are happening in a kind of 2 to 3 year schedule."