The former France international earned legend status during his playing days at the Santiago Bernabeu and managed to translate that into success as head coach during his first campaign in charge of the Galacticos.
However, with Los Blancos already 16 points off the pace of their La Liga title defence this term, reports Madrid could axe the coach have surfaced, and Zidane admits that is something he is prepared for.
"Zinedine Zidane isn't a player at Real Madrid anymore. That Zidane no longer exists," he told France Football.
"Now it's down to Zinedine Zidane the coach to carve out a career.
"I'm not protected by what I've done as a player at this club.
"I know that one day it [the coach's job] will come to an end at Real Madrid.
"So I make the most of it and I do everything I can to be successful.
"I say to myself, 'if I've got 10 days left here, then I'm going to live those 10 days to the max; if it's six months, I'll live those six months to the max'.
"I don't think beyond that. I know I won't stay [in the job] for 10 years."