Recently, I stumbled upon an old blog post of mine called "5 Things From the Future." In the post, I talk about a future with Groupon, Foursquare, new journalism, UGC on the TV, and "Just in Time Philanthropy." Granted, a few of those "predictions" came easily -- some were already true when I made them -- but the Groupon and Foursquare predictions really stood out to me when I read them 3 years later.
In those predictions, I reported on visceral truths which I believed, undoubtedly, would shape my future. And with that insight, I share with you some instructions I've left myself for continuing to predict the future.
How to Predict the Future (note to self)
- Open your eyes as wide as they can open.
- Keep them that far open all day long; only close them for sleeping and kissing the one you love.
- Point your eyes at as many things as possible during awake hours. This is a competition -- with yourself. Try to see more today than you did yesterday.
- Play this game everyday. Extra points (like tons of extra points) for pointing your eyes (and that damn imagination of yours) toward thing made and done by people you find:
- Humbling, or
- Crazy as shit.
- Take note(s).
- Take note when something you see makes you feel like you've never felt before.
- Take note when something feels uncomfortable and inevitable at the same time.
- Take note that what you're feeling -- that new, icky, warm feeling -- is the future.
- Take note.