“Don’t be your past be your future!” – Futurist Jim
People don’t like change. They often prefer that things stay where they are. They are often uncomfortable with what comes next.
That makes my job on stage as a futurist more difficult than other speakers. A motivational speaker simply has to go out and inspire their audience with some great story, and encourage them to do their best – excel! A political speaker merely has to interpret the current level of insanity and make some guesses on what might come next.
On the other hand, I have to take people into a world that will present both opportunity and challenge. And what I’ve learned from 25 years of doing this is that people will focus more on the impact of the challenge, and not the scope of the opportunity. That’s why I’ve had to develop a variety of tricks to be extremely motivational in dealing with their discomfort.
Here’s the thing though : some people are so stuck to where they’ve been, they’ve got a built in resistance to where they could go. That doesn’t usually work out so well.