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The Journal of 2020 Foresight
Wednesday, July 19, 2006  

Future-Proof What You Love, Strike It Rich and Mine the Mother Lode

Chapter Four: The Tribal Territories

By Steve Howard, CKO
The Knowledge Labs

Table of Contents
Chapter One: Basecamp
Chapter Two: The Ridge
Chapter Three: The Outpost
Chapter Four: The Tribal Territories

“But remarkably, Jed and the Devil actually look very similar. But they say there’s a little bit of the Devil in everybody. But this resemblance is a little striking for me. It kinda reminds me of myself, actually. But from everything that happens in life, I’ve learned this and I’m at least 10, is that there’s a lot of wreckage from some things and this cop, Officer Carmichael, he had a life.”

Neil Young & Crazy Horse “Greendale”

DOUBLE NICKEL RANCH. We all enter a crossroads in our lives, each from our own, unique life experience. Even those in the same life stage come to seek a different set of options depending upon their current situation.

Journal of 2020 Foresight: In Basecamp Pathfinder helps people listen to their little voices.

Lone Eagle: That’s true. Choosing the right path for them depends on their calling, strengths and weaknesses and their current condition.

J2020F: Give me some examples.

Eagle: Some will have plenty of time to recover from a setback, but others will risk their life savings.

J2020F: So, they’ll be concerned about how realistic their plans are, and if they can stand up against positive and negative scenarios.

Eagle: That’s right. Others have never married. Some are childless. Some married young and others are divorced. Some are widowed. Some have a full house, others in empty nests.

J2020F: So, the impact of their choices affects others living with them for some, but not for others.

Eagle: Don’t forget physical and career fitness aspects.

J2020F: What do you mean?

Eagle: While some are more fit than ever, others are ill and ailing. Many are in rewarding careers, while still others seek change.

J2020F: It’s easy to imagine that some are wealthy, but many others are just getting by. Some are mothers who are just starting or re-starting careers.

Eagle: Yes. Others are career women just starting motherhood. Some are trying to beat the clock, their fertility deadline. Others have many pregnancies behind them and face rising college tuitions.

J2020F: Some are overachievers just beginning to balance out, right?

Eagle: Yes, and still others are laid-back belatedly trying to make some money before it is too late.

J2020F: That's why you start from the inside out, right?

Eagle: Pathfinder helps them clarify their intentions, purpose, and aspirations.

J2020F: And these scenarios help them harness uncertainty and change?

Eagle: Yes, so the when the “big bang explodes” it propels them to their next destination, rather than blows up everything they've worked for along the way.

J2020F: The big bang?

Eagle: Sorry. Trailblazer likes to describe these kinds of decisions as having a long fuse that’s lit. Unfortunately, it’s hard to tell if the choices you make today are the right ones, because the timeframe is too long to the final results.

J2020F: And thebig bang means that if you haven’t saved enough today for your retirement down the road, your golden years may be made of fools gold

Eagle: To test shifting futures, we construct scenarios. Mine ask the question: Can’t we follow our passions and still find the gold at the end of the rainbow?

J2020F: So the four scenarios, then …

Eagle: That we care the most about exist at the intersections of “Doing What I Love” -- instead of what I am forced to do – “What I Hate,” in the last chapters of our life, while “Living Where I Want” or “Living Where I Am.”

J2020F: Let's explore the combinations, then, shall we?

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