I used to stand on the beach and gaze across the sea and see Steep Holm and Flat Holm islands millions of miles away. Or at least they seemed to be, to me, as a small child standing on the beachfront at the quaint English seaside resort, of Weston-super-Mare. Many of my friends had traveled in Europe and across the pond to the giddy heights of New York and Florida. I would thrive on their stories and pictures of their adventures imagining the possibilities beyond what I had seen for myself.
I am now fascinated by Black Mirror, the Channel 4 TV show on Netflix that is set in the future. It is just far enough in the future to be understandable and believable. It pushes your thinking of how current artificial intelligence, social media, or virtual reality could impact how we live. In one episode you see a world where every human interaction is given a star rating of one to five and that rating impacts your financial and social standing. It is frighteningly just a little too believable but brilliantly made.
"You aren't thinking big enough," is a phrase I have found myself saying to several of the executives I am advising. Sometimes you can't see the possibilities when you are so close to your work and the impact you are having on your company, your industry, and your community.
Visual clues, extreme extrapolations, and surrounding yourself with external advisers who challenge you all will expand your horizon and help you see the possibilities beyond your current thinking.
What is on your horizon and do you believe you can get there?
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