WHAT DOES YOUR FUTURE HOLD?

“The future cannot be predicted, but futures can be invented.”

Dennis Gabor

Thank you for exploring UP! It’s a great feeling when someone takes notice of your work.

We don’t know exactly why you’re here, but hopefully it has to do with you reaching the goals you find most valuable? If so, great. That’s exactly why UP was created.

Make a bet with yourself

To get started, we’d encourage you to make a bet with yourself: 365 days from now, how likely will you have achieved X in your life? Y? And Z?

Think very, very hard about everything you want to do with your life in the next year and honestly evaluate your odds of success. Think of all of the good and bad things that may influence your outcomes. Think of how successful or unsuccessful you were with similar goals last year. Think of how your best friend would rate your chances. Imagine you’re a bookie evaluating the odds of a horse winning a race. Now make your best guess. 

Whatever you predict, take a self-video describing the bet to your future self. Also set a calendar reminder to review and evaluate your prediction. Do this exercise in the next 60 seconds or you will likely never get to it. (This comes from more than two decades of experience working with thousands of people. Please stop reading and do it now.)

We love you, but we’re betting against you

We sincerely hope you will achieve all of your goals (as long as they’re ethical). You’re human and have values that we likely share.

But to be perfectly honest, we’re betting against you. If you’re the kind of person that’s motivated by proving someone wrong, please consider this a personal challenge! Go make it happen. And if you’re really confident in yourself, we’d be happy to make a stickK bet with you. If you lose, we’ll donate your money to a high-impact charity. If you win, well…you win.

Hint: taking huge amounts of strategic, disciplined action over the next 8,760 hours with an eye towards expected value and intelligently capitalizing on comparative advantage will likely help.

So what now?

That depends enormously on you. Figuring out what to do and in what order is radically complicated and a substantial part of UP. So one clear option is to do UP! Another option is to do an UP-like intervention on your own. And there are even more alternatives to consider. 

As very generic guidance that will almost certainly fail you, the following might at least help get you going:

  1. Predict: Do the aforementioned prediction self-video. (If you ignored our previous advice and kept reading, you’re still likely <60 seconds. Do it now!)
  2. Plan: Hold a personal hackathon to clarify your goals and write realistic plans to achieve them.
  3. Execute: Schedule milestones into your calendar and begin executing your plans. Update them as reality teaches you what does and doesn’t work.
  4. Review: Review your results every day, week, month, year, and decade. Update plans as needed. Don’t give up! Just iterate. 

If you want more tailored guidance, please give us a call. We genuinely love talking about all of this, so hit us with your most complicated and challenging life goals. 

In a year…

In a year from now if UP makes sense for you, great. If not, that’s perfectly fine, too. It’s not the right program for >99% of people, for a number of good reasons. We encourage you to just keep moving forward one way or the other.

As a small incentive to take action now, if you do a prediction, evaluate it in a year, and reach out to us to let us know how it went we’ll happily give you a free gift. It’s a surprise, so no asking what it’ll be. Good luck!