We are born into this world like a modeled piece of clay. We don’t stay in this shape for very long. Left to her own devices an infant or a young child will not last long in nature. We need to change, we need to adapt. We need to learn how survive and live together as a tribe. We do this with training. We learn skills from those who already know them. Stories are used to convey wisdom from those who came before us. Then we implement it in our own way and sometimes we innovate and come up with something better. And better is never automatic.
To become better we must fail many times and we have to care enough to get up from our knees and try again. We do this either until we become good or we become better or in some cases we become great at something. Then we become the craft- or thought-leader in that field.
You are not your career. Your ability to follow instructions is not your secret to your success. You are hiding your best work, your best insights, and your best self from us every day. We now how much you care and it’s a shame that the system works overtime to push you away from the people and the projects that you care about. The world does not owe you a living. But just when you needed it, it has open a door, for you to make a difference. It’s to bad that so much time has been wasted. But it would unforgivable to wait any longer. You have the ability to contribute so much. We need you! Now, go make a Ruckus! Namaste 🙂
— Seth Godin, Leap First
In a good stagnant environment it’s easier to predict – what we need to do – to flourish. In a rapidly changing environment we need to be more adaptive and think on our feet. And come the occasional catastrophe or cataclysmic change only those who are good at adapting and co-operation survives.
Right now we live in something of a shift in nature, a shift in society, a shift in the economy and shift in the community. Some call it the great acceleration. It’s a place where humans have never been before. It’s our biggest challenge and our biggest opportunity. We can either crumble under the pressure or flourish in abundance.
Sir Ken Robinson talks about the challenges and needs we have, here: How To Create The Future.
The future will bring all this at an even more rapid pace. And we need to be ready for the change. We must stop fearing change and embrace it. This is no easy feat. In many ways we are afraid of change. And yet our exceptional ability to adapt, to innovate and work together in co-operation has taken us this far. It’s about having a a growth mindset.
If we step up to the coming challenges and are ready, there no end to the possibilities on where we can go together as species on Spaceship Earth. Can we become guardians of Spaceship Earth in time?
Our Part In This
So where do we fit in? You and I? How do we get ready? If we are born ready to change but most of us don’t stay that way. How do we make ourself more ready?
We train. We train deliberately and we train hard and we train together. We lift each other up and hold each other’s back when it gets rough. I call it Level Up. We do it like in a game. We Level Up ourselves, each other, our companies and our organisations. We Level Up our society. We build a better world together.
To do this we need people dedicated to make this happen. Many of us are already doing our parts and roles of this today. Like our schools full of teachers who prepare our young in the daytime. After school it us parents and their various other activities the teach them skills and abilities.
There is a big challenge here of course. Many of the schools and parents prepare our young for the world of yesterday and not the World of Tomorrow. A past world with a stable economy, without the worry of climate change, a world of steady and slow innovation. A world where most people do what they are told at work, and at home they consume for their own private leisure. A world with no common goals and visions, other that to help grow the economy, for the sake of all the companies in it.
And higher education are often terrible at preparing us to this new world. According to Seth Godin there is now correlation between higher education and success.
Who leads us and challenges us once we have left school? And where are the training in the many skills essential to flourish in the connection economy? According to people like Tai Lopez and me, we should be able to learn new things every week or day, on our life long journey to excellence. All of us. What did you learn today?
To change this we need a new type of leaders and roles in society. We need Change-Makers, Future Captains, Future Heroes and Mentors. People who can train and lead us thought change our whole lives. People who can set visions and show us the way. To push us through the door. And hold our hands when we get lost. To make us into Door Makers.
Future Captains and Future Heroes
My own part in this is to be a Future Captain. That’s why I call myself Captain Future [El Capitán Futuro].
A Future Captain is a person who finds and trains other Future Captains and Future Heroes. They also help guide organisations and companies in taking a deliberate part in the direction, of the future we make.
Think of it like lots of boats going into The Future – Call them Future Boats. Each Future Boat needs a captain to steer it into The Future. Each boat is also a team of people operating it together. They all need to work on getting the boat forward. Rowing in the same direction, not separate ways. That is the role of a Future Captain. To make that happen. And to coordinate the whole fleet of Future Boats, so that we’re all going in the same general direction.
On Spaceship Earth! Or big ship in space 🙂
A Future Hero is person who takes active part in creating a better future. They have one or several Future Powers that they train and use in real life, to help themselves and others in creating this future. They can form teams with other Future Heroes and/or they can act in any form of organisations to make them better as well. Each Future Boat need one or more Future Heroes.
What Are You Made Of?
We are made, and not born, they way we are. We are made out of clay, not set in stone. We are self-made and made by the influence of others.
If we are singlehandedly made into a specific shape and don’t have the tools nor the presence of other shapers it’s hard to change into something radically different and better. It is of course better if we are made flexible and capable at an earlier age. Although it’s never to late to change.
Once you have found your right combination of thinking, skills, compassion, movement passion and joy. You will have Found Your Element. Your way to flourish. To make your life into a masterpiece.
Then you know what you are made of. What you bleed. What you can’t stop doing.
So what are you made of?
What are you and the people around you making you into?
What can’t you stop doing?
I’m Captain Future
This Is What I’m Made Of
I have of course listened to both Seth Godin and the song below the whole day to get the inspiration for this text.
I also launch my podcast called Framtidspodden (The Future Pod) with this post. Where I mostly talk in Swedish and sometimes in English to other Future Heroes.