Today is October 21, 2015.
Why is that significant? Today is the day 30 years into the future that Marty McFly traveled to in Back to the Future Part II. If you've seen the movie, you'll probably remember that there were flying cars, hoverboards, self-lacing sneakers, size-adjusting clothes that dried themselves (and you), weird fashion styles, and of course, you could still get a Pepsi in the 80's Cafe!
Who can forget the huge billboard proclaiming that the Chicago Cubs had won the World Series? (If any of you watched the MLB Playoffs game between the Cubs and Mets last night, you know that the Cubs are down 3-0 and have a huge mountain to climb to make that prediction a reality!)
Now this morning, as I was driving to work, I didn't notice any flying cars or kids riding hoverboards on the sidwalk. I still had to manually lace up my shoes when I put them on this morning and I'm still wearing a belt today to ensure that my pants stay up.
Cubs fans have always been touting "This is OUR year!" -- but the sad reality is that every year they find a way to fall short. I'm hoping that this year is THE year.
What about Marty McFly? Well, he doesn't exist, but I'm sure that he went back to 1985 and did his best to ensure that he made wise decisions so his future would be better than what he'd experienced in the future.
With so many predictions that have not come to fruition, it had me thinking about how different the future is than what we anticipated it being. If we're all honest, we'd have to admit that things aren't exactly like we envisioned 30 years ago. But that isn't always a bad thing. While we don't have flying cars, we do have the safest cars in our history, and Google is real-world-testing self-driving cars. Lexus has a working hoverboard that's on my Christmas wishlist.
We have these tiny computers (smartphones) that we hold in our hands everyday which possess the processing power that 30 years ago that technology wouldn't have fit into a room the size of my house. We can instantly communicate with people anywhere in the world - no matter where we are. The technology advances that we've made in 30 years are astonishing.
But what about the next 30 years? What will technology look like in 2045? How simple - or complicated - will it make our lives? What are you doing to prepare your business for the next 30 years? What about the next 5 years? Are you prepared for growth and expansion? What about being prepared for disaster or data loss? What are you doing to ensure that your business can operate tomorrow or next week if your server crashes, the building burns down, or worse?
The sad reality is that most business owners never give this a single thought - until it's too late. Without a plan in place, you're literally just hoping that everything will be OK - much like the Cubs. The truth is that unless you're a DeLorean equipped Marty McFly, you have no idea what the future holds. Your best bet is to plan ahead and make wise decisions for the future of your business. Otherwise, you open yourself up for the possibility for failure when disaster strikes - because it will strike. Technology fails, tornadoes touch down, people accidentally break things. It's going to happen.
The big question is this: Will you be ready to face the future now that it is here? If you aren't ready, give me a call, hit me up on Facebook, or drop me a line. We will put a plan in place to make sure that your business is protected against the pitfalls of the future. Together, we can ensure that your business succeeds for the next 30 years and beyond.
Now, somebody play some Huey Lewis & The News -- it's time to party like it's 1985!