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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.

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

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

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

– Charles Dickens

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

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

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

– President Calvin Coolidge

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

– Steve Jobs

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

There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”

– Leonard Cohen

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

– William Butler Yeats

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

– Corita Kent

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

– Victor Kiam

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

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

– Chinese Proverb

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

– Muhammad Yunus

Confidence is the most important thing you can teach someone… if you can teach them confidence, you don’t have to teach them anything else.”

– Vin Diesel

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

– A wisdomism

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

– Charles Darwin

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"

Do you have the desire to create something new; the strength of conviction to believe your creation will be successful, and the reservoir of energy necessary to thrust it into the marketplace?”

– Steven Schussler

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

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

Ripeness is all.”

– William Shakespeare

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

– Annie Dillard

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

– T.S. Eliot

Destiny is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

– William Jennings Bryan

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

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

– Virginia Woolf

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

– Mae West

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

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

– Victor Hugo

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

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

– Oscar Wilde

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly,
 what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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

– Michelle Sedas

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 wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.”

– Joseph Addison

To follow, without halt, one aim: There’s the secret of success.”

– Anna Pavlova

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

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

– Carl Rogers

If you want to be busy, keep trying to be perfect. If you want to be happy, focus on making a difference.”

– Lisa Earle McLeod

A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.”

– Voltaire

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

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

– Jack Kerouac

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

– Tony Robbins

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

– Buddha

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Thomas Edison

The gem cannot be polished without friction; nor man perfected without trials.”

– Chinese proverb

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.”

– Jalaluddin Rumi