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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.

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

– General Omar Bradley

Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.”

– Basil King

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

– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

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

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

– Virginia Woolf

They who give have all things. They who withhold have nothing.”

– Hindu Proverb

Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.”

– Annie Dillard

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams, for when dreams go, life is a barren field frozen with snow.”

– Langston Hughes

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

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

– Mark Twain

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"

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

– Norwegian proverb

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

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”

– Abraham Lincoln

There is little success where there is little laughter.”

– Andrew Carnegie

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

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”

– Thomas Edison

The journey is the reward.”

– Greg Norman

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

– Victor Kiam

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

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

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

– Byron Katie

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

– Joseph Cambell

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

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which obstacles vanish.”

– John Quincy Adams

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

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

– Victor Hugo

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

– Napoleon

When a dog runs at you, whistle for him.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Why am I whispering when I have something to say?”

– Eve Ensler

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

– Maureen Cook

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

– Victor Kiam

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

– Steve Jobs

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

– Chinese Proverb

Letting go of expectations is a ticket to peace. It allows us to ride over every crisis—small or large—like a beach ball on water.”

– 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

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

– Carl Rogers

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

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

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

– Jack Kerouac

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

Education is an admirable thing to have, but it is well to remember that nothing worth knowing can be taught.”

– Oscar Wilde

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

– Tony Robbins

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

– Frederic Nietzsche

We are perfectionists. We are hungry to work all the time. We are entertained by every aspect of business and we never want to stop working.”

– Suzy Welch

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

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

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

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”

– Lao Tzu

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

– Seneca

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

– Michelle Sedas

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

– James Madison