How to Live in the Shift Age

If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I'd want to pass along to others...

  • Try to live in the moment and be as aware as possible. We all get lost in thought. It is like making plans: we all get lost in thought or caught up in making plans while life flows right by us. Make life flow through you. Then flow with it. Open to the sense of flow that is everywhere.

    I have always been fascinated about the future, about what is around the corner, about what lies ahead for humanity. I have always seemed to do things years before other people did them. There are people who are driven by acknowledgement or money. Vision is what drives me. I like to live in possibility.

    As a passage to adulthood, many Native Americans were sent out into nature to discover their essence; what it was in nature that best captured who they were. They returned to the tribe to speak their natural truth. As a young man I did that and came back with the name “Swelling Wave”. A friend once told me that I have a gift of being able to connect the dots that others can’t even see. As it turns out, she was right.

    We all have gifts to offer humanity, some find them sooner than others. I realized five years ago that all along my gift is to get people, the market and the planet to think about the future. That is how I define being a futurist, which is what I do for a living.

    Humanity is now in transition from the Information Age to the Shift Age. Historically, such transitions feel very disruptive as the old orders are giving way to the new ones that are still in early stages of formation. In this case we are moving into the global stage of human evolution. This flow to global is happening simultaneously with the flow to the individual as we are all now more powerful as individuals than at any time in history.

    Both of these forces are amplified by the accelerating digital connectedness. This digital connectedness is fundamentally doing two things: it is creating an alternative reality and changing human consciousness. These three forces are setting the stage for a possible new evolution shift in human consciousness. Almost everything will undergo some degree of transformation. Be adaptable and be resilient.

    Embracing the new and being open to change is essential for growth. It lessens fear and increases curiosity and adventure. As Bob Dylan said, “Those not busy being born are busy dying.” Think about being born every day. Experience something new every day.

    David Houle

    David Houle is a futurist, strategist and speaker. He has always been slightly ahead the curve. Houle spent more than 20 years in media and entertainment. He has worked at NBC, CBS and was part of the senior executive team that created and launched MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1 and CNN Headline News.

    Houle has won a number of awards. He won two Emmys as Co-Executive Producer for a nationally syndicated kids program, “Energy Express”. He won the prestigious George Foster Peabody award and the Heartland award for “Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream” and was nominated for an Academy Award.

    Houle is consistently ranked as one of the top futurists and futurist keynote speakers on the major search engines. He has keynoted numerous conferences both across the country and internationally. He is regularly invited to speak at corporate management retreats. He recently won a speaker of the year award from Vistage International, the leading organization of CEOs in the world. He is often called “the CEOs’ Futurist” having spoken to or advised 600+ CEOs and business owners in the past two years.

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