Building futures despite adversity

Enjoy your business by building futures.

Everyone needs to keep refocusing their future

If you are unhappy with your business or your life the way it is, you can do something about building better futures. The good news: you can create your future. Better yet, you can do it simply and systematically as part of your everyday life, inside and outside the workplace.

You can and should start creating your future today. Imagine if you had been taking some small action to improve your future every day during the last year. Those 365 small actions could already have changed your future for the better.

If you want to bake a cake, you need a good recipe. It also holds when building a successful business or non-profit. Despite there being good conventional rules for success, too few follow them.

Take time to focus on the future you want.

Don’t leave your future to chance or fate, or the whims of others. Instead, unlock and live your best prospects of a better future, beginning in the here and now.

Become a master of change

Exponential increases and decreases pop up quite often in various contexts. The word is generally used to imply something happening fast and getting faster, which isn’t always comfortable. Uncertainty and change are the new normal. From disruptive new technologies to breakout businesses, turbulence abounds. It requires seeing change as an opportunity, not a threat.

Identify some role models, people you know or who seem to be adept to any adversity and always seem to be good at navigating the future.

Peter Drucker, the legendary father of modern management, approached the future with a forward-focused mindset, as something to be created and nurtured in the present moment.

Create the business model for the future you want.

It takes an exceptional business model to work forever. If it’s broken and not working well all day every day, and beyond repair, dispose of it and remove the mind traffic and frustrations. 

Practice continuous self-development

Diversify your interests, remain relevant, develop a powerful personal brand, maintain a global outlook, and create products and services which benefit others. Be mindful of what has already happened in your community and industry.

Remove and improve.

The odds are in your career or business; there are activities, practices, products, or services which have outlived their value. Take control by intentionally removing what no longer makes sense. Then, with what remains, apply incremental improvements.

Identifying and developing your unique strengths

Few people can articulate their strengths. While the concept of core competencies was initially created for large organisations, today it applies to individuals as well. Consider what’s unique about what you do, and in what areas you excel and contribute the most, both at work and outside of work. Focus on those strengths; find new ways to cultivate them. Odds are, you can apply them to a variety of jobs, volunteer positions, and family life.

Determine your goals beyond the workplace.

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. With all the technology we have access to today makes this expression very relevant. Ask yourself about what you would like people to remember what you achieved.  Would you spend your last day going to the office?

Quotable Quotes

“The most effective way to manage change successfully is to create it”. Peter Drucker

“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you”. Walt Disney

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