When it comes to predicting the future, only one thing is certain: “You will be wrong!”
And the more detail you provide, the less reliable the forecast will be. However, what is true is that often, future events unfold according to a trend line. Almost like a chess game that follows a strategy or plan. Of course there are always options and surprises, but the better you are at chess the more moves you can “see” ahead and the better you will be at preparing for your options. Things that today appear permanent can and will change; and at lightening speed. Consider how quickly the Internet, email, texting, mobile phones, Google, Facebook etc. have become part of our every day lives. Yes, Rome was not built in a day, but it also didn’t just happen either. It’s a process. A journey.
Be wise – prepare for change.
Be practical – expect the impossible.
Be smart – consider every viable option.
And always have a Plan B.
As always, I look forward to chatting with all of you during 2011 – both in person and online.