“Computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and perhaps only weigh 1 1/2 tons.” -Popular Mechanics, 1949
It seems almost impossible to believe now, but when that quote was written in 1949 the author really was trying to imagine a time when a computer might be as advanced as he described. Imagine if you were to be transported back in time and you could meet the author as he wrote that article for Popular Mechanics. It would be even better if you could bring along one of today’s smart phones, an iPad or some similar electronic tablet. However even if all that were possible you would immediately run into problems.
How would you explain things like high-speed broadband, Wi-Fi, Twitter feeds, wireless hotspots and USB devices to someone who had no idea what any of that was? You might as well be speaking in a foreign language and the devices you brought with you could have been the work of alien technology to someone from 1949. And as intelligent and forward-looking as we are today how impossible it is for us to know what technology will have in store in another 60 years.
But let us leave technology to one side for now and look to our own lives. What improvements do you have planned for your own future? And more importantly what are you doing today to ensure that your improved future actually happens? If you don’t give your own life some defined purpose and structure then you are not planning for your future at all. You are letting other people make plans now for what your life will be like ten or 20 years down the road.
Technology has only moved on at such a fast pace because ultimately people have wanted it to happen and poured vast resources into making it happen. Now sadly there are no vast resources being targeted at planning for your future – how your life shapes up is left entirely in your own hands. The decisions you make today can have a profound effect on the life you will live tomorrow. Maybe you are disappointed with the life you have now because of poor decisions you made in the past but that is no reason to keep storing up problems for the future. It is never too late to get back on track and to make changes which will pay dividends in years to come. Start investing in your future today.