One of the most powerful things that an entrepreneur can do to be successful is to have the fortitude to plan ahead and see changes that are coming in the not-so-distant future.
Allow me to reference Elon Musk to illustrate a great example of how a strong vision can literally change the world.
The year Musk started Tesla there was a very real, and epic, history of electric car failures going back to the 1970’s. One after another, companies would create an electric car, and one after another, they would fall from productions lines or go bankrupt all together.
How could he succeed when nobody before him could?
Yet he did and in April of 2016 revealed the Tesla Model 3. Within a day of it’s unveiling Musk’s team had 300,000 preorders, which resulted in a whopping 14 Billion Dollars in car sales.
I was one of the 300,000 after I was privileged to drive a brand new Tesla sports car of a friends. At the push of a button the proud owner told me to go “insane” – and then on an “Apple-esque” touch screen in the middle of the car, it converted the car from sport mode to INSANE mode.
Pushing my foot towards the floor, in what I thought was a quasi-aggressive move, I immediately felt like I was in a rocket. One acute case of whiplash later – no kidding friends insane mode in a Tesla can and will give you whiplash – I was beyond impressed by how different this vehicle was and proceeded to take out my wallet to get in line. Without question, my next car will be a Tesla.
The car drives itself, updates itself when plugged in at home and has literally ZERO maintenance. Elon Musk and his team of insane car-rocket scientists have succeeded at a level anybody would be inspired by.
He also achieved similar success with space travel as the founder of SpaceX – who just recently achieved the first “first-stage landing” of a rocket ship at sea with his “Falcon 9” launch. He has made space travel today look like FedEx while NASA and older programs were expensive versions of the Pony Express.
Not to keep the accolades going but he performed a similar feat with respect to the financial industry two decades ago when he co-founded Paypal – as well as the solar industry when he teamed up with his cousins to create Solar City.
You get the idea; the man has a vision for the future and is largely, by most metrics, succeeding.
Yet the electric car has been around for nearly 50 years in some way, shape, or form. So why did so many people pre-Elon fail to deliver an electric car that stood the test of time?
There are a myriad of reasons for other company’s failures, and they are detailed in his Biography. But the short of is it is that Elon was always looking to the future by building on the present moment.
Elon had, and still does have, a very VERY motivated vision for the future. He knew that if he could improve on ideas that were already in motion, just not-yet-perfected, he would be able to vastly change the way people drive cars.
He was relentless in looking for what has been done in the past, what is currently being done, and look to the future to see what people need.
To quote another innovating human, which really sums up Musk’s vision, Steve Jobs is quoted:
You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new…. it’s really hard to design products… a lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.
We don’t know what the future looks like.
We don’t know what other projects the innovators of the world are working on right now.
What we do know is what we would like our own future to look like.
But you have to start by writing it down on paper. This is done by writing out (or typing) your vision for the:
- short-term (1-2 years)
- mid-term (3-7 years) and
- long-term (8-20+ year)
Without a vision for the future, without goals to strive for, you will not advance toward your inspired vision.
With a clear and inspiring vision, you can continue to build on past success AND failures, and use systems currently in place. Yes there will be thousands of adjustments along they way, but when you have a clear vision, there is no question you will evolve …
If Elon musk had not had a vision for what an insane driving experience could be, we would not have these magnificent zero emission cars to play with. We would not have a changing electric grid, financial system, nor anti-1960’s space travel.
Elon grew up a poor man in South Africa, so there is no reason why anybody in the Western World with a vision that is big enough, cannot start changing the world today. Crafting and modeling experiences and opportunities along the way.
One of my mentors Dr. John Demartini has said, “your vitality is directly proportional to the vividness of your vision”.
What does your vision entail?
When have you last charted your goals?
Are you writing goals out but don’t have a recent Musk-ian success?
Email us today for our vision planning templates, or book an authenticity call if you want to expand on your existing goals but just don’t seem to be able to put together a plan for getting it done.