“The future is right now. Are you here?” – Futurist Jim Carroll
15 years ago, I’m on stage talking about the fact that the era of oil is soon to be over; that it has become a sunset industry in decline. Today, most every energy experts will tell you that renewables, batteries and EV’s have so much momentum that, guess what – oil is over!
10 years ago, I’m on stage talking about a futuristic idea known as 3D printing. Today, both Nike and Adidas have made the concept a key part of their customized sneaker strategy going forward.
5 years ago, I spoke about the acceleration of bio-materials and the ability to grow human body parts for organ replacement. Today, experts in the field have moved up their estimates from its arrival from decades to years.
2 years ago, I spoke on stage about the acceleration of brain implant science and human-computer interface technology. Today, I can barely keep up with all the announcements of research into this accelerating field.
There has never been a more exciting time to be alive, an era to be overwhelmed by the pace of change, and conversely, an ability to keep up and participate in what is happening.
Are you part of it?
Are you an active participant in the future, or just a passive observer?
Do you set out to make the trends that are happening *right now* a part of your strategy, education, skills, knowledge, activities?
Or are you just sitting back, such that one day you’ll react: “Whoah, where did that come from?”
Successful people watch the future, ingest the future, seek to become a part of the future.
And they know that it isn’t some nebulous concept that will one day impact them, but that it is actively unfolding all around them at this very moment.
The future. It’s happening. It’s here. Are you?