From the brain of Seth Godin.
I’m betting on the following happening in 2016:
- An event will happen that will surprise, confound and ultimately bore the pundits.
- Out of the corner of your eye, you’ll notice something new that will delight you.
- You’ll be criticized for work you shipped, even though it wasn’t made for the person who didn’t like it.
- Something obvious will become obvious.
- A pop culture emergency will become the thing that everyone is talking about, distracting us from the actually important work at hand.
- You’ll gain new leverage and the ability to make even more of a difference.
- We’ll waste more than a billion hours staring at screens. (That’s in total, but for some people, it might feel like an individual number).
- That thing that everyone was afraid of won’t come to pass.
- Some people will gain (temporary) power by ostracizing the other, amplifying our fears and racing to the bottom.
- And the long-term trend toward connection, dignity and possibility will continue. Slowly.
- Opportunities will be missed. Lessons will be learned.
- You’ll say or write something that will shine a light, open a door and make a connection.
- Nothing will be as perfect as we imagined it. Many things will be better than that, though.
- Leaps will be taken.
- You will exceed expectations.
- The project you’ve been working on will begin to pay off in unexpected ways, if you’re open to seeing them.
- You will start something. And quit something.
- That expensive habit that you don’t even enjoy that much will continue to be expensive.
- We’ll forget some hard lessons but we’ll also learn some new ones.
A pretty safe list, because, of course, this always happens.
We’re nearing the end of 2015, so these sorts of exercises have started popping-up. This is what we do, naturally: think about what sort of next year we have in store. Predicting what is going to happen is difficult but quite interesting conversation because it invites analysis, prophecy, belief, intuition, etc.
What is going to happen in 2016 concerning the ATP? Djokovic is going to win the CGS? Hmmmm. The way 2015 played-out and ended, I guess a case could be made. Either way, we have another long year of tennis ahead that begins shortly, with Abu Dhabi tennis going off this week and Brisbane next week, officially kicking-off the 2016 ATP schedule.
Whether or not you have anything to commit to this little conversation, I’ll come-up with some ideas in the next day or so. Here’s our opportunity, here on this blog, to look really smart; I don’t think we’re in the business of shaming people for failing to predict the future, yet conversely we are quick to congratulate for even a hint of prescience. Right? Nothing to lose.
What do you got?