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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.

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"

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

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

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

– John D. Rockefeller

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

– Christopher Robin to Pooh

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

– Leon Joseph Suenens

It is to no purpose to turn away from the real nature of the affair because the honor of its elements excites repugnance.

– Carl von Clausewitz, On War

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

– Bruce Lee

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

My job is my hobby. I come to work to play.”

– Uli Becker, president, Reebok International

I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent.”

– Thomas Edison

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

– Guy Kawasaki

The goal of Life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with nature.”

– Joseph Cambell

Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

A people who mean to be their Governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

– James Madison

Don’t follow, lead. Don’t copy, create. Don’t start, finish. Don’t sit still, move. Don’t fit in, stand out. Don’t sit quietly, speak up. (Not all the time, sure, but more often.)”

– Seth Godin

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

– Dalai Lama

The world I believed in, back in my most innocent, uninformed, childish mind—is real.”

– Martha Beck

I was taught at a very young age that you can do whatever you want to, but you have to make it happen — not just talk about it.”

– Kathleen Jo Ryan

A man without a smiling face
 should not open a shop.”

– Chinese Proverb

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

– William James

Never never never never give up.”

– Winston Churchill

Part of your destiny is to live in the zone of maximum satisfaction.”

– Martha Beck

Entrepreneurs are willing to roll the dice with their money or reputation on the line in support of an idea or enterprise.”

– Victor Kiam

Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”

– Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. The greatest failure is to not try.”

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

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

– Corita Kent

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

– William Shakespeare

My task is really not to change myself but to become familiar with who I am.”

– Maureen Cook

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

– Edgar W. Howe

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

– Muhammad Yunus

The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.”

– Andrew Carnegie

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

– Thomas Carlyle

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

– Charles Dickens

The awakening to the mystery of life is a revolutionary event; in it an old world is destroyed so that a new and better one may take its place.”

– J.J. Van Der Leeuw, The Conquest of Illusion

You must have chaos within you, to create a dancing star.”

– Frederic Nietzsche

He who wants to tear down a house must be prepared to rebuild it.”

– African Proverb

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.”

– Audre Lorde

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

– T.S. Eliot

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

– Indira Ghandi

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

– Lord Chesterfield

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

– Charles R. Swindoll

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

– T.S. Eliot

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

– General Omar Bradley

Don’t wait for someone else to lead you to your right life; that privilege—and responsibility—is yours alone.”

– Martha Beck

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

– Groucho Marx

If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.”

– Anna Quindlen

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