“It’s your future. Take it into your own hands!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
It’s your future. No one is going to hand it to you on a silver platter. You’ve got to figure it out and direct how it will unfold.
That means taking personal responsibility and ownership for the decisions that you’ll make along the way. You can blame others for the mistakes that you might make, in the same way that you can’t think that your personal success is the result of the effort of other people.
Your future IS all about you.
Own it, shape it, direct it, get intimately involved with it.
Because, at the end of the day, you are the one who is going to be most involved in living it.
This means, of course, you need some good insight into the trends that might impact your future. That’s why you need a good personal ‘trends radar.’ You can better shape your future if you have better insight into what comes next – and so learning how to become your own personal futurist for your own future is probably one of the best things that you can do.
How do you do that? Immerse yourself in knowledge; bathe in insight; surround yourself with optimists; devour critical thinking; constantly be on the prowl for signs and directions into what comes next. Keep an open mind rather than a closed viewpoint. Listen to different opinions – while you don’t necessarily have to agree with them, you should develop the ability to interpret them
Above all, decide to take action. Reinvent yourself, your skills, your capabilities, your knowledge. Don’t presume that anything you know today will be relevant tomorrow; don’t become complacent with the idea that the skill you have right now will be valuable tomorrow; don’t believe that your current comfort zone will be the target zone for what comes next.
It’s your future – it doesn’t belong to anyone else. What you decide to do with it is what matters.