“Maybe you can get to the future faster – if you accelerate your imagination and turn your mind into an engine of ingenuity!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
Here’s an interesting reality – innovators and disruptors arrive at the future faster.
They invent the things that the rest of us will use tomorrow. They pursue ideas that aren’t yet mainstream. They have visions for today that will only become real tomorrow.
If you think about it, they time shift.!Their mind resides in a time zone that is different from those around them – because it is several years ahead.
As a futurist, that’s what I work to do on stage. Whether I’ve got an audience of 10 people in an executive leadership meeting or 5,000 people in a Las Vegas conference centre, I’m busy taking my audience into a world of ‘what will be’ rather than an overview of ‘what is.’ There might be opportunities for you to use the idea of mind-time-shifting to accelerate your own opportunities. Don’t look at the world around you as it exists right now – ask yourself what it might look like tomorrow!
Years ago, I would force myself to look at the world in a different way. I detailed that one day in a blog post in 2011:
Understanding the velocity of innovation – take the “10 Things Test!”
“One of the best ways to get a sense of the this velocity is by taking a look at the world around you, and thinking about how it might change. I call it the “10 Things Test.”
Essentially, sit in a room, whether at work, home, in a factory, retail store or wherever you might be, and take a look around. Compile a list of ten items that you see, and then sit back and ask yourself, “How might these things change in the next decade?”
If you really took the time to think about the items you examine, you might be very surprised by the depth of the change that is coming.
What did I write about? How things around me would change – paint, eyedrops, window shades, the view outside…
It makes for an interesting read years later. I wasn’t right on a lot of my predictions, but the future is on my side!
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