We seem to like history, especially our own history.
Our history was created through a series of events. We get comfortable telling that story. We have told that story many times. We keep telling that story. We like telling that story.
The pain, the struggle, the successes, the joy.
But those things happened in the past, they are not currently happening.
We keep telling that story.
We are the historian. We gather the crowd around us, and take them on the tour. We rehearsed the lines, know when to pause, and draw them in.
But the crowd eventually fades. The story is old. Tickets are unsold.
But there is something else.
Something different and new.
We can become a futurist.
The futurist tells a new story.
The futurist is setting new goals.
The futurist is moving forward.
The futurist understands past events, but not through a distorted lens of over-emphasis or limits.
The futurist embraces today while envisioning something better.
The futurist is creating.
The futurist is risking.
The futurist is living.
We have a choice to make: remain the historian, or become a futurist.
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Published by Carl Weber
Carl Weber, is the owner and founder of Carl Weber Consulting, a consulting group that helps businesses, non-profits, and individuals understand themselves, hire and manage well, and become great leaders. Carl worked in local government for more than ten years, as the Town Administrator of a few towns in NH. Once upon a time he was a search and rescue swimmer for the US Navy.
Carl holds Bachelors’ Degrees in Political Science & Community Development and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy. Carl is a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst (CPBA) and Certified Professional Motivators Analyst (CPMA).
Carl regularly teaches on human factors and the relationship of behavior and leadership styles, as well as motivation, coaching, leadership challenges, and failing as a leader. His passion is to help leaders in their lifelong journey to finish well, to combat and work with their inner voice, and to live a meaningful story worth reading.
Carl lives in Southern New Hampshire with his wife Amanda and together they are raising a small tribe of four young (somewhat crazy) women with the goal of unleashing them on the world to change it for the better.
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One thought on “Historian or Futurist?”
I think I am a historical futurist living in the present. Aware of who I was, setting my sights on being more present and how my choices today will impact my goals and how I interact with and love those around me. These are good words you have given us, Carl.
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