How to predict your future (yes, really)

I can tell you—with 99% accuracy—what your life will look like in 10 years.

Before you roll your eyes and shrug, realize this is not about tarot cards or palm reading.

This exercise is rooted in behavioral science and human psychology.

Here’s the trick: Look at the people you know who are 10 to 20 years older than you right now.

From your finances to your fitness to your relationships, this simple test reveals your future in almost every area of your life. Some people find this frightening. “You mean I’m going to end up [blank 1], like [blank 2]?”

(Where “blank 1” = raising kids, saving money, investing, dating. And “blank 2”= my parents, my friends, or my boss)

And that, right there, should be your second big “Ah-Ha!” moment. (The first being what we covered in today's email)

If you want to change your future, you can change who you’re modeling today from 10-20 years in the future. And you’ll have a new destiny.

So question for you: Are the people you know that are 10-20 years ahead of you where you want to be in life?

Do they have the kind of life you want to be living?

Let’s make this real by getting super-specific….

Can your senior colleagues drop what they're doing in the middle of the day and go on a 2 hour lunch with a friend (without any repercussions or stress)?

Does your boss work when they want, from wherever they want and love their job?

Or…

Are the people in your current future “busy,” overworked and stressed? Are they still trading 5 days of work for 2 days of life on the weekends?

Are they stuffing money into their 401(k)s and ***hoping*** they’ll actually be able to enjoy life in retirement?

You may think I’m painting this stark contrast as a marketing gimmick.

But sadly, I’m not. These statements are based on REAL data:

      A person under the age of 55 is 57% likely to have zero net worth or negative net worth.

      An estimated 62% of all households in the U.S. have less than $100,000 in net worth.

      89% of all “under 35” households had a net worth less than $100,000

      A person in the 35-44 age range has a median net worth of $13,000 excluding home equity.

Based on these numbers, maybe “going to a great school” and “getting a good job” isn’t all it was cracked up to be?

The world looks much different for business owners.

      54% of all millionaires are business owners

      Most millionaires earn the majority of their income through interest and appreciation of assets (rising stock, bond & real estate prices)

      62% of all millionaires and billionaires are self-made

Hmm… Maybe entrepreneurship isn’t so risky?

In the wise words of Garland Greene, from Con Air,:

"What if I told you insane was working a 50-hour week for fifty years, at the end of which they tell you to piss off. Ending up in some retirement village, hoping to die rather than suffering the indignity of trying to make it to the toilet on time. Wouldn’t you consider that to be insane?"

Of course, not all jobs are bad.

Of course, you can move up the ladder faster.

Of course, you can spend $10,000+ to get more credentials beside your name.

And of course, you can be more successful than your boss.

But my question is, why choose a system that—by its very nature—is broken?

Thankfully, starting your own business puts the ball in your court. You’re not at the mercy of a boss. And your income isn’t capped by someone else’s demands.

We’ve all been at the airport and had to make the decision to walk or take the moving sidewalk.

One of the nice things about the moving sidewalk is that even if YOU stop walking, you’re still moving forward.

When you have your own business, it works the same way.

If you want to take a long beach vacation, a business won’t make you feel guilty. If you want to take Friday off, your business won’t punish you.

This is how you stop trading your hours for dollars. This is how you give yourself freedom. This is how you free up your mind to make an even bigger impact on the world.

This is what I want to show you how to do.

But first I need you to choose a future for yourself.

If you look 10 years in future and are happy with what you see, you can choose to live that life.  

But if you look into the future and want more—more freedom, flexibility and control—you can choose another outcome.

I’m not saying you have to quit your job and start a business tomorrow.

But I AM saying you control the outcome.

Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett, Seth Godin, Simon Sinek, all chose to take control.

It’s no surprise that a lot of them are self-made billionaires.

The payoff for choosing can be big.

It can make you millions.

It can create a legacy for you and your family.

Life is all about choices and decisions.

Will you choose to roll the dice?

If so, make sure to tune into tomorrow’s email.

I’ll be revealing a fatal mistake that many new entrepreneurs make. It ruins their chances at success—before they even get started.

Ryan

Do you like what you see?

Does your future look exciting?

Are you amped to get out of bed in the morning and keep working?

Does your boss (or the other people 10 years ahead of you) seem happy in their lives and careers?

Is what you're doing right now something you can envision yourself doing for the years to come?

Share with us in the comments...

Are you happy with what your future looks like today?

And tell us WHY or WHY NOT.

113 responses to “How to predict your future (yes, really)”

  1. I had very dark past – poverty, not interested in education, had no one to support me and I was totally lost. But, I was always dreaming for big – I jumped to complete my master degree in sociology and decided for a job. However, my interest was always in business.

    Since 2008 till 2018 – I did jobs with INGO, UN and World Bank and earned enough to start a business.

    In these years, I had less time to start and focus on business and I handed over my money to other family members to start business.

    After 10 years, all my money gone, no business and I do not have any money as “savings”.

    But, I see future more brighter from today because I am experienced now – unfortunately, In reality I am afraid that my future will be not as what i dreamed for?

    But, after reading this article – I am happy to know a skill “how to predict my future and what strategies would i apply to be successful.

    Thanks to the writer

  2. Inspiring,motivating,simply encouraging. What’s my next step? It’s up to me. I need to form better habits. Starting with my focus and thoughts. Action,action,action. Now now now. No more procrastination.

  3. So if I am a truck driver can you show me what my life picture can/will look like in 10 years? I am confused about this writing!

  4. Not happy at all. Im stuck in this addiction and my mind is battling my brain and I absolutely cannot stand the people im around right now. Im really truly struggling here. Im miserable and a broken record and lonely and heart broken. Im just broken in general. No bueno. It’s a real nightmare. Im not ok with settling for this and i long to be with good people as roll modles with morals and values that are wholesome. My son and I need each other. Time is flying by and im not getting any younger. Im 33 and want to do something amazing with my time. So awesome that my awesomeness overflows from my life and into the lives of those around me. I want to meet someone and settle down and have one more child planned. I want to stop letting people down and start being inspiration. I desperately want more than anything in the world to be released from this ball and chain that is wreaking havoc on my so-called existence. I’m the most depressed I’ve ever been in my entire life and if I had the money I would be on my way to a holistic Treatment Center a long time ago but for what it’s worth I very blessed I’m very grateful in the sense that I have food in my tummy clean clothes on my back and roof over my head at the moment… It’s better than nothing. I just want to be happy. Don’t we all?! 🤖

  5. I hate my life! I went to college and get a degree. Now Am in date and I can’t pay ot off. I will take me years and by that time I will be old and have have no time to save for retirement. Plus my heath will take all my money to. Thanks to my disorder. Please help me

  6. Hi
    My name. Navneet when I start new work I always fail. I gave four time ielts exam but I was not success in this exam and I want to go canada.

  7. I am now 72 years old had my oun successful business for 34 years
    In a small town
    Came to city expecting to start my own business but landed in to un satisfying job past 3 years
    The situations does not allow to start my own business
    Financialy am ok
    But confused

  8. I am feeling so much stressed because I dint still receive any job offers yet and my love is not supporting and motivating me . I want to go out , for past 21 years I haven’t been out with my friends .. I just want to know what is going to happen , that is what is the next part of my life ?

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