The Futures So Bright You Gotta Wear Shades!


img_0830It is the end of the most contagious season of the year, we enjoyed time with loved ones but now its time to move on and embrace what comes next. To look forward to all 2017 has in store for us.

For those in employment you may have had numerous meetings regarding strategy, action plans, reviews of 2016, new KPI’s etc. For those that are retired or between jobs you may be considering what new courses to undertake, voluntary work to pour your skills and talents into, friends to visit etc.

For most of us our Christmas decorations have just been taken down and we’re looking at the rooms in our homes in a brand new light…they may seem a bit shabby, a bit dull a bit in need of decoration or if we are of a minimalist persuasion we might be thinking “that’s much better, what else can I remove?”

Maybe it’s holiday’s that tick your box and you’ve already scanned the brochures, the websites looking for somewhere to escape to, experience and explore.

Possibly for you 2017 is the year you will finally complete X. For me its finally learning how to drive!

I have to admit I’ve done all of the above as for me each new year is exciting, its an adventure, a chance to learn more, do more and see more.

It’s another opportunity and I’m grateful for every day I have. We only have one earthly life and I want to cram in and experience as much as I can.

There was a song that came out a few years ago and one of the lines is ‘The futures so bright I gotta wear shades.’

There are several interesting things people have said about the future, Russell Brand is credited with saying ‘People don’t realize that the future is just now, but later.’

Some people, probably all of us at some point in our life, struggle to imagine and see past their own limitations of what the future can hold. If this is you, then you’re in good company!

Here are some examples of short sighted imagination.

“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” — Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943

“I’m just glad it’ll be Clark Gable who’s falling on his face and not Gary Cooper.” — Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role in “Gone With The Wind.”

“Everything that can be invented has been invented.” — Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899.

“The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon.” — Sir John Eric Ericksen, British surgeon, appointed Surgeon-Extraordinary to Queen Victoria 1873.

and last but not least…

“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” — Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977.

Incredibly great and gifted men who have to different degrees impacted the world we live in today but in the quotes listed above they were somewhat lacking in vision.

Ask yourself what would you attempt if you knew it was impossible for you to fail?

Dare to have Big Hairy Audacious Goals, let your imagination roam free and grasp everything life brings your way!



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