“Every day, it’s important to ask and answer these questions: ‘What’s good in my life?’ and ‘What needs to be done?’” – Nathaniel Branden
Do you ever feel like you can’t keep up with everything?
Do you ever feel like you can’t stop trying to keep up?
Do you ever feel like if you stop, you’ll lose your relevance or status?
Do you ever feel like enough is never enough and too much at the same time?
I guess, in some way, we all do. We’re moving so quickly, in so many directions, it’s impossible to truly be present, to fully be in any moment at any time, and also, ironically, not to even realize that we’re not actually there.
There’s a reason why.
In fact, how we use our devices, the apps we open many times a day, the notifications we jump for, the things we share, the trends we follow, the attention and validation we seek, the entitlement we carry, how we think and feel, and the price we ultimately pay, none of it is a coincidence.
If the future needs anything, it’s for you and me to press pause, assess our world and the paths we’re on, to explore opportunities that allow us to rekindle our relationships with ourselves and those who really matter, to see an alternative, future state impossible to appreciate before, and to then invest our time, energy, creativity, and sincerity to manifest more meaningful and productive outcomes.
This is what it means to live a meaningful life. This is what it means to be…your best self.
I dedicated two years to studying how our relationship with technology was changing us, who we were becoming vs. who we thought we were, and how to scale our life forward and upward, intentionally.
When I published LifeScale: How to Live a More Creative, Productive, and Happy Life, I had no idea we were headed toward a global pandemic. I had no idea that Netflix would produce The Social Dilemma, a compelling documentary that would reveal the extent of social engineering changing each one of us and all of us collectively.
I wonder what would happen if LifeScale were to be released today.
I actually believe, now more than ever, we have an opportunity to reimagine our relationship with tech and more so, put tech to work for a greater purpose.
Shortly after launch, I spent time with my friend Bryan Elliott in Orange County, California. In front of a live audience, we discussed the challenges, the lack of awareness and leadership on such an important topic, and the research-based path forward.
If there ever was a tito ctrl-alt-del ourselves and rewrite our social contract with devices, networks, and our own
Please take some time, meaningful time, to watch this. It’s important. We need more leaders like you.
If you prefer to listen to the podcast, my conversation with Bryan is also available on Spotify.
Thank you Bryan for your support and your friendship. I cherish our time together over the years!
Brian Solis | Author, Keynote Speaker, Futurist
Brian Solis is world-renowned digital analyst, anthropologist and futurist. He is also a sought-after keynote speaker and an 8x best-selling author. In his new book, Lifescale: How to live a more creative, productive and happy life, Brian tackles the struggles of living in a world rife with constant digital distractions. His previous books, X: The Experience When Business Meets Design and What’s the Future of Business explore the future of customer and user experience design and modernizing customer engagement in the four moments of truth.
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