What anniversary do you celebrate
each year? Wedding anniversary, birthday, and the day you started life in a new
January is filled with
anniversary dates. We came to the USA in January, got my first job in the USA
and have family birthdays in January. This makes it an important month for
However this newsletter is about
you, the reader. Therefore, consider the changes since 2001 (when we arrived in
the USA) and open your mind to predict possibilities in the future.
- January 2001. Where were you?
What did you think the future held? Remember that airport security was very
relaxed until September 2001. Now, where do you think you could be in January
2022? It is only ten years away. What will you feel like? Which important people
do you expect to have in your life?
- January 2001. Only computer
geeks were using Google. Everyone else was using Yahoo and Lycos for search
engines. What drove Google to become the number one search engine? Simplicity.
Google is simple to use and fast. You can easily find what you are looking for.
What are you doing today on your projects and in life that is complex and
inefficient? How can you simplify it?
- January 2001. Facebook didn't
exist. Twitter is what birds did. Assuming the rate of progress continues to
accelerate how does this impact your projects and personal growth? You couldn't
have read this newsletter with the HTML formatting on your browser in 2001. What
proactive personal growth regimen should you put in place today to continue your
- January 2001. We were living in
a hotel room after arriving in the USA. Now (in 2012), we are reasonably
settled. We have all the trappings of an average American - SUV, 401(k) and a
multitude of always-on Internet devices. I remember in the late 1990s hearing
that the Internet would one day be ubiquitous. It was impossible to comprehend
at the time because only wealthy people could afford dial-up connections. Now,
in the USA, Wi-Fi is a given, everywhere. In 2022, one assumes that any
computer, phone or other device will always be connected to every other one. The
word "Internet" may be as outdated as land-line telephone service and our
grandchildren will ask "What's that?"
In 2022 what will you use for
presentations? Will we still be bored to death with PowerPoints? (Assuming that
not everyone is smart enough to study "Dodging the Bullet Points.)
What will your projects look like
in 2022? Will we still have so many project failures and the constant
dumbing-down of the project management profession because we see the profession
as merely administrators of schedules and meeting agendas?
Obviously, we can't predict the
future with any accuracy. Certain needs will exist as long as people occupy the
planet - the need for education and companionship. Technology offers more
opportunities than ever before, which means that we need to make more decisions.
Your best investment will be in yourself for the coming decades, just as it
always was. And you need to aggressively develop yourself this year, because
even though the world is flat, it is spinning faster and faster. Your education
and self-development is the key to maximizing opportunities in the coming