What would your life be like if you knew without a shadow of a doubt that you could predict what to expect?
Alan Kay, a well-known computer scientist and mathematician, is often quoted as saying, “The best way to predict the future is to invent it. The future is not drawn on a trail. It is something we do. can decide, and as long as we don’t violate any known laws of the universe, we can probably make it work as we want it to. “
His comments illustrate a serious point. Invent the future. In other words, by creatively imagining the life we prefer to live, step in and invent the circumstances in which to shape future outcomes. Is it a dream? Yes, in a way. Aren’t most, if not all inventions the result of a dreamer? It is a dream coupled with a serious belief that before anything can exist in physical form, one must first think. And this thought is unshakeable. It’s as solid as the man who thought it was.
Great men and women throughout history were well aware that their thoughts were shaped by their future. Marc Aurèle said: “The life of a man is colored by the color of his thoughts.” He knew beyond any doubt that his plans for conquest, carried in his head, would come true. Thomas Edison dreamed of his future in existence through the tenacity of his work. He envisioned a bright future at a time when other men said it couldn’t be done.