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Have We Been Imagining The Wrong Future?

Have We Been Imagining The Wrong Future?

I am an eternal optimist. People who know me well call me the irrational optimist.

It’s my belief that the future is always beautiful. Tomorrow is always better than today.

The operating word I chose to describe the future is better.

It will be bigger. It will bring in more gratification. It will make you a more aware, a more experienced individual. It will bring peace, a sense of accomplishment or achievement.

Unfortunately, most of us use the wrong operating word to describe the future.

Easier 

Tomorrow will be easier than today

Come to think of it – we have been raised this.

Study today so that tomorrow is better (easier, is what they were hinting towards) 

Finish your education before so that you can depend on it tomorrow (education will make the future easier) 

Work hard in your 20s and 30s so that 40s are better (easier again)

Instead, how about realising the only truth of life:

Tomorrow is not going to be easier. It will be better, at best.

And if that’s the case, the right question to ask is not if you are excited about the future.

Instead: Are you prepared for the future?


[This post by Ankur Warikoo first appeared on LinkedIn and has been reproduced with permission.]

Note: The views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views held by Inc42, its creators or employees. Inc42 is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by guest bloggers.

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Ankur Warikoo

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Ankur Warikoo is Cofounder & CEO of nearbuy – online marketplace for discovering and buying offline services. Prior to nearbuy, Warikoo was Head of Groupon’s India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Philippines business. He holds a management degree from the Indian School of Business (Class of 2006) where he was awarded the Young Leader Award and a Masters degree in Physics from Michigan State University and holds a bachelor’s degree from Hindu College, Delhi University.

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