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“Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.” Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895
“640K ought to be enough for anybody.” Bill Gates, 1981
Question: What would make experts and people with great minds like ones just quoted make such 'humorous' predictions?
The answer is one word: The blinding power of PARADIGMS.
Even experts and professionals are sometimes unable to look past their own paradigms.
What exacly is a 'paradigm'?
A paradigm is a set of rules and regulations (written or unwritten) that does two things:
(1) it establishes or defines boundaries (mental, behavioral, etc.); and (2) it tells you how to think anc behave inside boundaries in order to be successful.
Paradigms determine how people perceive world. People see best what they are 'supposed' to see. Prevailing paradigms determine that.
Also people see poorly, or not at all, information and data that does not fit into such paradigms. They are literally unable to 'see' things right before their very eyes.
Here's what you have to know:
The future of your business exists just outside boundaries of your industry's prevailing paradigm(s).
Free yourself from mentally enslaving and paralyzing power of prevailing paradigms and you'll see how easy it becomes to come up with amazing discoveries and innovations.
A paradigm shift occurs when there's a breakout from an old paradigm into a new set of rules.
Therefore, to be able to see future and make accurate predictions, you have to:
I. Think twice before you say 'impossible': Remember, advances in technology are making impossible possible. What is “impossible” today is so only in context of present paradigms.
II. Look past prevailing paradigm(s).
III. Watch rule breakers: Keep a close eye on professional people messing with rules, because that is earliest sign of significant change.
And when rules change, whole world can change.
Mike Mograbi is the author of 378 Internet Marketing Predictions www.Internet-Marketing-Predictions.com, a two-volume ebook acclaimed by internet marketing pros and gurus. Predictions about: Search engines, affiliate marketing, desktop real-estate, online advertising & promotion, membership sites, niche markets and resell rights markets, breakthrough/emerging technologies, XML, Macromedia Flash, audio/video/multimedia, virtual reality, and more!