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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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I can’t go back to yesterday—because I was a different person then.”

– Lewis Carroll

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.”

– Bruce Lee

If you were independently wealthy and never had to work a day in your life, would you still choose to spend your time attempting to become a successful entrepreneur?”

– Steven Schussler

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

– Leon Joseph Suenens

The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”

– Buddha

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

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

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

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

– Joseph Campbell

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try going to sleep with a mosquito in your room.”

– A wisdomism

Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.”

– J.K. Rowling

The music is all around us. All you have to do is listen.”

– August Rush

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

– Magical

We are all of us born with a letter inside us, and that only if we are true to ourselves, may we be allowed to read it before we die.”

– Douglas Coupland

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”

– Charles R. Swindoll

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

– Peter F. Drucker

You don’t love someone because of their looks or their clothes or their car. You love them because they sing a song only your heart can understand.”

– L.J. Smith

Women once had the goal of being Superwoman; I think most of us now simply strive to have a super day.”

– Author, Activist Lee Woodruff

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

– Nelson Mandela

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

– President Calvin Coolidge

‎That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

Never cut what you can untie.”

– Joseph Joubert

When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

– Audre Lorde

‎The biggest flaw in our existing theory of capitalism lies in its misrepresentation of human nature.”

– Muhammad Yunus

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

– Albert Schweitzer

Remember that it’s okay to ask for help when you’re stumped, because sometimes you really can’t be expected to handle everything alone.”

– Martha Beck

I have spent a good part of my life convincing people that a blank sheet of paper is the greatest opportunity in the world, and not frightening at all.”

– Marty Skler, executive vp, Walt Disney Imagineering

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

Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what nurtures creative thinking.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

What is the point of having free will if one cannot occasionally spit in the eye of destiny?”

– Jim Butcher, White Night

Entrepreneurs willingly assume responsibility for the success or failure of a venture and are answerable for all its facets.”

– Victor Kiam

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

– General Omar Bradley

‎Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”

– Booker T. Washington

Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.”

– Thomas Carlyle

Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”

– Helen Keller

Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!”

– Madam C.J. Walker

A person who learns to juggle six balls will be more skilled than the person who never tries to juggle more than three.”

– Marilyn vos Savant

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

– Andrew Carnegie

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

– Norwegian proverb

It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way.”

– Aristotle

History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.”

– John F. Kennedy

The good ideas are all hammered out in agony by individuals, not spewed out by groups.”

– Charles Brower, Advertising Hall of Fame

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

– William Butler Yeats

A man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.”

– Chinese Proverb

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

– Carl Rogers

The best reason to start an organization is to create a product or service to make the world a better place.”

– Guy Kawasaki

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

– Charles Dickens

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

I will pay more for the ability to deal with people than any other ability under the sun.”

– John D. Rockefeller

Everyone is a mirror image of yourself—your own thinking coming back at you.”

– Byron Katie

You’ve got to be willing to crash and burn. If you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far.”

– Steve Jobs