Ten years ago today was my last day with Accenture. The day before I had my book launch party for my first book, 24/7 Innovation. October 11, 2001.
I recently found a notebook from about 15 years ago. In it, I found an interesting entry from November 1996. In it, I declared where I wanted to be five years in the future.
At that time, Dr. Michael Hammer, the father of reengineering, was one of the most influential people in the world, and someone I admired.
My declaration was that I wanted to be the Michael Hammer of the next wave – giving speeches, writing books, and traveling the world. Five years later, almost to the day, my first book was published, I became a “professional speaker,” and I started traveling the world. The next wave happened to be “innovation.”
Below is part of what I wrote. It’s amazing to think that one day I had a vision for where I wanted to be and, voila, somehow it materialized.
Here’s hoping that all of your aspirations come true.