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Lessons of Greatness: Why the world needs breakthrough builders; How it can be you | Starting Greatness with Mike Maples

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Key Takeaways

  • 1) Look for inflections
    • “Exponential inflections power massive breakthroughs” – Mike MaplesAn inflection is a time of significant change
    • The 4 main types of inflection: technology, adoption, regulatory, and belief
  • 2) Work backwards from different potential futures
    • “Breakthrough builders seem crazy in the present, but they’re right about the future” – Mike Maples
    • Consider different and surprising futures and work backwards to the present
    • There are 3 types of futures: plausible, possible, or preposterous
  • 3) Gather breakthrough insights
    • “Insights lead you to breakthrough ideas that let you build something so exponentially different, it lets you break free from the pull of the present” – Mike Maples
    • An insight is an unrecognized truth

Intro

  • Host: Mike Maples (@m2jr

The World Needs Builders

  • Steve Jobs didn’t discover a market need for smartphones of tablets. He designed the category.
    • Elon Musk did the same with electric cars and space travel
      • “We need more people who unapologetically seek breakthroughs” – Mike Maples

Forecasting < Backcasting

  • Forecasting works best for incremental changes
    • It has its limitations, it takes present problems into the future with us
  • Backcasting is the opposite of forecasting
  • How do you backcast?
    • 1) Look for inflections
      • “Exponential inflections power massive breakthroughs” – Mike Maples
        • An inflection is a time of significant change
        • The 4 main types of inflection: technology, adoption, regulatory, and belief
    • 2) Work backwards from different potential futures
      • “Breakthrough builders seem crazy in the present, but they’re right about the future” – Mike Maples
        • Consider different and surprising futures and work backwards to the present
        • There are 3 types of futures: plausible, possible, or preposterous
    • 3) Gather breakthrough insights
      • “Insights lead you to breakthrough ideas that let you build something so exponentially different, it lets you break free from the pull of the present” – Mike Maples
        • An insight is an unrecognized truth
          • Ask yourself: What type of team would I need to make each insight real?

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