how effective is your mindset for creating the outcomes you want?

How you think about the future has an important relationship to your potential to create a business that has a significant impact.

Do you view the future in an optimistic or a pessimistic way? This has a significant bearing on your likelihood of success in creating a 10X business.

 Do you perceive the future as an opportunity to extend your aegis (agency, influence, active engagement) or as unknowable and undefinable?

Does your orientation to the future support you in becoming a successful entrepreneur?

There are a number of key elements that are found in successful entrepreneurs. These include;

  • Having a compelling vision of the future
  • Intrinsic motivation (drive)
  • Advanced influence skills
  • A deep understanding of the context/market that the business operates in
  • The ability to continually innovate
  • Highly developed skills in problem solving
  • Aegis (agency, influence, active engagement) in how they operate in the world

This questionnaire is designed to help you discover whether you have the right mindset for creating desirable futures for yourself and your business endeavors.

In Peter Thiel’s book “Zero to One; Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future” he describes an interesting set of patterns found in the overall attitude of societies to the future. With one specific attitude that is expressed by successful entrepreneurs.

Do the questionnaire then read the resultant report. Do not be concerned if you discover that you carry a pattern that does not support creating desirable futures as the patterns for successfully doing so can be simply learned. We have a two day Compelling Futures training program to do that. I want to make it very clear this is not a free program, you will be working very closely with our team as we guide you through the patterns and principles of Creating a Compelling Future for yourself and your business.



Optimists welcome the future, pessimists fear it. Some people see the future as definable and something that can be actively created. Others perceive the future as less defined and not within their personal agency. Combining these possibilities yields four views:

Indefinite Pessimism: An indefinite pessimist looks out onto a bleak future, but he has no idea what to do about it. According to Theil this describes Europe today, which just reacts to changes and hopes things don’t get worse.

Definite Pessimism: A definite Pessimist believes the future to be known, but since it will be bleak, he must prepare for it. In Theil’s opinion, China is the most definite pessimistic country in the world today.

Definite Optimism: To a definite optimist, the future will be better than the present if he plans and works to make it better. Theil believes that this describes the USA in the 1950s-1960s.

Indefinite Optimism: To an indefinite optimist, the future will be better but he doesn’t know how exactly, so he won’t make any specific plans. Instead of working for years to build a new product, they rearrange already developed ones. Theil suggests that this is the USA today.



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