Weiss Advice Issue: 221, May, 2021
Make some predictions for me. Seriously, if you’re an expert, you should be able to make predictions. Not all will occur, but some should. If you’re worried about veracity, consider that financial and sports prognosticators are usually wrong. So were the scientists and politicians about Covid.
If you get three things right out of a dozen, people will remember the three things. Experts speak authoritatively. In 1985 or thereabouts, John Naisbitt predicted the age of “high tech/high touch” in his hit Megatrends (he had previously declared bankruptcy and his books went nowhere). He recently died at 92 and is remembered for his prescience, not his bankruptcy.
I predicted in December 2020 that March/April/May would see a business renaissance, and I was right on the money. How did I do that? I looked at the markets, which reflected great confidence, the success rate of the vaccines, the money people had “in their pockets,” and the huge desire to get out of bondage and do something, both personally and professionally. And what did I do with that? I ran livestream sessions, Zoom sessions, recorded podcasts, wrote columns, blogged, and coached about it.
Of course, I wanted to earn some money for that value, but I also wanted people to know what I said and when I said it. If you listen to one of my recent podcasts on The Uncomfortable Truth, you’ll hear a dozen of my predictions for the future, socially and in business.
So, make some predictions for me. Lose your fear, use your head. Then publish them and talk about them. If you’re too timid to do that, then don’t ask me how you become a thought leader or build your brand.
My prediction is that only about ten percent of you will try to do this in the next day or so. Prove me wrong.