One Giant Step to Creating Your Own Future

shutterstock_3151452Predictions about the future are often way off base. In 1949 Popular Science magazine made this prediction: “Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.” If that prediction were true I would have been crushed by my first laptop.

In 1943 Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM said, “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” If that prediction were true it was evidently a very narrow market. My office now owns all five of them.

When Debbie Fields tried to sell her idea of marketing chocolate chip cookies the response was “A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make.”

The cookies were a huge success. For a couple of years I weighed about as much as popular science predicted a computer would weigh as a result of those unpopular, chewy Debbie Fields cookies. So what’s this “giant step” to creating your own future???

Don’t listen to predictions!

Debbie Fields, Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs didn’t listen to the short sighted predictions of their day. Neither did I.

In 1962, a substitute physical education teacher told me I would never amount to anything because I couldn’t catch a football. I still can’t catch a football but I have had the privilege of making people around the world laugh until they need medical attention. And I have been honored to see many lives changed by the message I deliver. Amounting to something is all about being everything God created you to be.

Don’t let someone predict your future, create your own.

What’s your story?


If it’s a choice between a Debbie Fields cookie and a fortune cookie, take the Debbie Fields cookie.