“Someone once asked how I prepare for my future. Ready? Pay attention. Try new stuff. That’s it!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
This is a screen clip from a little video I did yesterday which goes through the steps I follow to create a live video in the virtual studio.
You’ll only develop new skills if you try new things. You’ll only find new capabilities if you push new boundaries. You’ll only get to a different future if you create a new one. At times, all you need to succeed is a willingness to try things you have not done before.
I’ve always been mystified by people who complain about the fact that their world has changed – and they don’t feel relevant anymore. I had that discussion at the end of March, one day, with my youngest son while out walking at lunch time – he was now working at home during lockdown, and my stage career was pretty much over. A huge part of my professional identity was going on stage and guiding people into their future. I missed the audience, the preparation, the mind rush that came from doing the research into an industry as to what comes next.
His comment? He said that he knew I would pick myself up, figure out new things, try new ideas, and find some relevance once again.
“Get over it, dad!”
With that, my feeling of irrelevance lasted for but a fleeting moment of time. I went back home after the walk and tried something new in the studio.I keep doing that every single day, because the only way I can get ahead and reinvent is by getting ahead and reinventing.
Today, I’ve got capabilities that I did not have six months ago, skills that I never knew existed, and opportunities that are exploding in my mind.
If I don’t try new things, I’ll fail. It’s that simple.
Try new stuff. That’s it.