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Chris Carbone, Futurist

Chris Carbone has worked in trend and foresight consulting for over a decade, serving clients from Fortune 500 corporation and foreign and US government agencies. During this time he has researched and authored dozens of reports and scenarios on wide-ranging topics…from the future of leisure and play, to the future of urban mobility, to emerging consumer lifestyles in China.

Chris has been quoted in numerous publications including The Miami Herald, The Washington Post Express, and Fast Company, and appeared on the CBS Early Show. He currently oversees Innovaro’s two multi-client research projects—Global Lifestyles and Technology Foresight—and contributes to the firm’s custom engagements.

Chris has an MBA from Johns Hopkins University with a concentration in marketing, and received his undergraduate degree in history from Gettysburg College. For more information, contact him at chris.carbone@innovaro.com.

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Innovaro Insight & Research helps organizations understand and shape the future of their business. Through its syndicated and custom research services it provides actionable business insights to help clients uncover emerging consumer needs and behaviors, anticipate and seize growth opportunities, define critical emerging issues shaping the future of their industry, mitigate risk, and enrich decision-making. For more information visit /www.innovaro.com.

Entrepreneurs need to search purposefully for the sources of innovation that indicate opportunities for success.”

– Peter F. Drucker

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”

– Robert Frost

I don’t do very well without fear. There needs to be a part of me saying, ‘That’s going to fail,’ so I can prove myself wrong.”

– Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it”

– Andrew Carnegie

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.”

– Jesse Jackson

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”

– Leon Joseph Suenens

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

– General Omar Bradley

Tolerance and patience should not be read as signs of weakness. They are signs of strength.”

– The Dalai Lama

You don’t go into a field that requires cracking people’s heads open or operating on something as delicate as the spinal cord unless you are comfortable with taking risks.”

– Dr. Ben Carson

Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.”

– Jack Kerouac

When I was younger I thought success was being a star, driving nice cars, having groupies. But today I think the most important thing is to live your life with integrity.

– Ellen DeGeneres

A diamond is a lump of coal that stuck with it.”

– Norwegian proverb

The journey is the reward.”

– Greg Norman

Look at everything as though you were
seeing it either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.”

– Betty Smith

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

– William Shakespeare

Do not say, ‘why were the former days better than these,’ for it is not from wisdom that you ask this.”

– Ecclesiastes, 7:10

If it really was a no-brainer to make it on your own in business there’d be millions of no-brained, harebrained individuals quitting their day jobs.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

The great use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.”

– William James

Ripeness is all.”

– William Shakespeare

The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Chuck E. Cheese's

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.
 If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”

– Oprah Winfrey

The follow-your-gut mentality of the entrepreneur has the potential to take you anywhere you want to go or run you right out of business.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”

– Francesca Reigle

No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth.”

– Martha Beck, from "Leaving the Saints"

An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.“


– Roy Ash, co-founder of Litton Industries

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

– JFK

Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.”

– Lord Chesterfield

You must learn to be still in the midst of activity 
and to be vibrantly alive in repose.”

– Indira Ghandi

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

– General Omar Bradley

As each woman realizes her power, she transforms the world.”

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make Me Feel Important.’ Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.”

– Mary Kay Ash

Your own words are the bricks and mortar
of the dreams you want to realize.
 The words you choose and their use establish the life you experience.”

– Sonia Croquette

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

We never know how high we are
 till we are called to rise;
 And then, if we are true to plan,
 Our statures touch the skies.”

– Emily Dickinson

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

– Albert Einstein

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. 
Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.”

– Mary Jean Irion

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”

– Leo Jozef Suenens

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.”

– Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., U.S. Supreme Court justice

You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough.”

– Mae West

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

4oz tequila + 1oz TripleSec + 2oz lime juice + 1oz simple syrup (sugar=water), 1 cup crushed ice. Shake + dance around the kitchen.

– Avenida Margarita

A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.”

– Albert Schweitzer

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.”

– Steve Jobs

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.”

– President Calvin Coolidge

Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.”

– Anthony Trollope

The dove descending breaks the air / With flame of inkandescent terror.”

– T.S. Eliott

Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!”

– Andrew Carnegie

Our deepest wishes are whispers of our authentic selves. We must learn to respect them. We must learn to listen.”

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

The fixity of a habit is generally in direct proportion to its absurdity.”

– Marcel Proust

Never cut what you can untie.”

– Joseph Joubert