“It’s only scary if you make it scary!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
Most of my keynotes involve a Q&A session at the end, and I can usually guarantee that among the list of interesting questions is one that is something like this: “Shouldn’t we be worried about….” People have a built in fear of the future, which makes my job at the front of the room all that more challenging. The future involves uncertainty, the unknown, surprise, opportunities and challenge. It is only natural that people worry.
I wrote the line above in the end of an email yesterday to a CEO I will doing a session for; I had shared a number of leading edge trends in his industry having to do with robotics, 3D printing and other fast paced trends. He did make the observation that the speed of change that these trends would bring to the industry was kind of scary – and I wrote this bak in my response.
The future is fearful only if you make it so. Turn around your thinking, change your fear into focus, and you might find you’ll focus more on the upside than the downside!