The Misnomer of Future Proofing

Whenever I hear the expression ‘future proofing’ I shudder with distaste for term.

It’s really about innovation, adaptability and influencing. Not becoming immune to or sheltered from the future.

Here’s my take on it:

  1. You can’t ‘future proof’. The future’s going to happen anyway, mostly beyond your control.
  2. If you think you can predict the future, you are a gambler with just a chance of getting it right.
  3. You’ll do well being ready and capable for dealing effectively with anything.
  4. You’ll be even better off by choosing to influence the future. Yes, it’s risky.  You could even fail, but only if you give up.
  5. You could do nothing and just continue the status quo – then you’ll be better off dying now.
  6. The bottom line – you must keep learning, better, faster and forever. Or die.

What do you think?

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