“Visionaries see the opportunities that other people can’t dream of in their wildest imagination!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
The science of eye care, optometry, and vision is, like many other healthcare industries, hanging at a furious pace. That was my message on stage for an industry conference on this day three years ago.
Smart glasses, implanted bio-engineered eye transplants, the emerging role of vision therapy, patient empowerment – these are the types of trends that are changing the industry at a furious pace. Then there is the business model disruption – Warby Parker and other initiatives which are massively changing the entire business model of the eyecare industry.
All of these trends were captured in a concise video which I put together for my client: it’s the future of the vision and optometric industry is just over two minutes:
Here’s the thing: most people within an industry can’t imagine how their future is going to change – they can’t grasp the scientific, technological, business, and velocity changes that are underway. The result is that vast numbers wake up years in the future, reacting, “Whoah, where did that come from?” (Even though they’ve been to many conferences and events where we’ve given some pretty clear insight on the future they are traveling to!)
Visionaries are different – because they see the world in an entirely different way! They don’t spend much time analyzing how things are – they focus on ‘what could be.’ They refuse to accept the status quo – they smash through it. They refuse to accept common wisdom – they pursue their own line of thought. They think about existing industry best practices – and develop better ones.
Visionaries refuse to allow what they currently see around them right now get in the way of their vision for what might come next. That’s how they are fundamentally different, and it is at the foundation of their success.
Are you one of them? Or are you stuck today looking at today’s world exactly like you looked at it yesterday? Looking at this moment of now, rather than looking forward to that instant of tomorrow? Gazing back to yesterday rather than focusing your vision on tomorrow? Staring at the way things are, rather than seeing how things could be?
In the world of healthcare and medical science – as Covid has clearly shown – we are in a world in which truly the inconceivable becomes conceivable, and the unimaginable becomes imaginable.
It’s your job to see it!