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Futurist Andy Hines

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Andy Hines is Lecturer and Executive-in-Residence at the University of Houston’s Graduate Program in Futures Studies, bringing together the experience he earned as an organizational, consulting, and academic futurist.

He co-founded and is currently on the Board of the Association of Professional Futurists, and has co-authored three books: “Thinking About the Future: Guidelines for Strategic Foresight (Social Technologies, 2007),” “2025: Science and Technology Reshapes US and Global Society (Oak Hill, 1997),” and “Managing Your Future as an Association (ASAE, 1994).”

His newest book, “ConsumerShift,” was published in 2011.

Andy has also authored dozens of articles, speeches, and workshops, including the 2003 Emerald Literati Awards’ Outstanding Paper accolade for best article published in Foresight for “An Audit for Organizational Futurists” and the 2008 award for “Scenarios: The State of the Art.”

Most recently, he has appeared on several radio and television programs, including KRIV-26 News talking about the future of libraries and the CBS “Early Show,” to talk about an MTV-commissioned study: “The Future of the Youth Happiness.”

Click here to learn more: www.andyhinesight.com.

Treat the attainment of happiness in the same way an entrepreneur would approach building a business — with a vision, plan, goals, and a systematic approach.”

– Ted Leonsis

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.”

– Robert Fritz

The only dream worth having is to live while you’re alive and die only when you’re dead.”

– Arundhati Roy

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

– William Shakespeare

With ordinary talents and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.”

– Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

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

– Buddha

No longer talk at all about the kind of man a good man ought to be, but be such.”

– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

How do you stay resilient? It’s about momentum. Like riding a bicycle. If you stop you fall over. So I keep pedaling.”

– Diane Lane

Speaking more than one language is no longer just an asset in today’s job market; it is a requirement.”

– Tom Adams, CEO, Rosetta Stone

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

– Aristotle

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

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

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

– Lewis Carroll

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.

– Robert Frost

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"

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing.”

– Maya Angelou

Death is to lose the earth you know, for greater knowing; to lose the life you have, for greater life; to leave the friends you loved, for greater loving; to find a land more kind than home, more large than earth.”

– Thomas Wolfe

You may ask me for anything you like except time.”

– Napoleon

Do you believe it is important to give back some portion of your wealth to support charitable causes?”

– Steven Schussler

Things don’t change. You change your way of looking, that’s all.”

– Carlos Castaneda

This is the age when magical technologies make more and more radically fun ideas plausible, even easy. You’re only limited by your creativity.”

– Martha Beck

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

– Magical

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

Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better.”

– Edgar W. Howe

The quality of your life is directly related to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably live with.”

– Tony Robbins

Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.”

– Benjamin Disraeli

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

– Charles R. Swindoll

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

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

By your stumbling the world is perfected.”

– Sri Aurobindo

Friendship is the only cement that will hold the world together.”

– Woodrow Wilson

Don’t follow your dreams. Chase them.”

– Richard Dumb

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Eliot

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

– Nelson Mandela

I always maintained that the greatest obstacle in life isn’t danger, it’s boredom. The battle against it is responsible for most of the events in the world — good or ill.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.”

– Steve Jobs, Apple, Inc.

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

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

But all the while I was alone, the past was close behind, I seen a lot of women, but she never escaped my mind, and I just grew, tangled up in blue.”

– Bob Dylan

Most people never pick up the phone and call. Most people never ask, and that’s what separates the people who do things from the people who just dream about them.”

– Steve Jobs

Remove those ‘I want you to like me’ stickers from your forehead
and, instead, place them where they truly will do the most good—on your mirror.”

– Susan Jeffers

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein

Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.”

– Corita Kent

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

– Jimi Hendrix

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

If you do not tell the truth about yourself
, you cannot tell it about other people.”

– Virginia Woolf

Change is a math formula. Change happens when the cost of the status quo is greater than the risk of change.”

– Alan Webber, author, "Rules of Thumb"

I may not be able to change what takes place, but I can always choose to change my thinking.”

– Michelle Sedas

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

– Booker T. Washington

If you would create something,
 you must be something.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

– The Dalai Lama