Insights · February 1st, 2023

In late-2022 I turned 50 years old. Definitely a milestone and – I’ll be honest – it feels like I am just getting started. As I reflect on life and my work as a futurist I want to share 50 short and simple lessons from my life that have fed the passion to explore a life full of love, and imagine incredible futures.

  1. Have humility and gratitude
  2. Trust your gut
  3. Share your excitement
  4. Do not say ‘yes’ to every opportunity. Qualify.
  5. Don’t bother with low value social networks – Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok, Snap are all garbage corporate surveillance tools.
  6. Do get that tattoo
  7. Do get microchipped
  8. Become friends with your clients and offer insights and help often
  9. Be pro renewable energy and the circular economy
  10. See the potential for change in everyone
  11. Drive electric
  12. Build and nurture community
  13. Write every damn day
  14. Invest in therapy
  15. Try shamanic journeying at least once in your life
  16. Develop your skills as a cook
  17. Spend more on clothes and waste less
  18. Invest and be excited about art
  19. Embrace the countercultures that usher in changes in how the world thinks – music, street art/graffiti, fashion etc.
  20. Learn from the dystopian stories and realities in which we live
  21. Know that futurism is activism
  22. Smash racism and sexism
  23. Promote women and elders ahead of you
  24. Listen to the kids – they are wiser than we ever will be
  25. Read ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’
  26. Wake early and sleep early
  27. Realize that you can lose everything and be comfortable with nothing
  28. Meditate
  29. Ride bikes
  30. Snowboard and/or ski
  31. Promise nothing, deliver over and above expectations
  32. Realize that everyone will underestimate you
  33. Create understanding and tolerance
  34. Know that love is real
  35. Eat more plant-based foods
  36. Enjoy that steak
  37. Be real about where food comes from and always choose organic
  38. Know that serendipity and magic are real
  39. Embrace play
  40. Exercise
  41. Listen to a wide variety of music – popular to noise to jazz to ambient to hardcore-math-tech-death-metal (and always David Bowie)
  42. Celebrate the craft of storytelling and cinema
  43. Have a ‘tickle trunk’ and get lost in a forest with 4000 other people
  44. Dance
  45. Walk in nature often
  46. Invest in lifelong friendships
  47. Know that this too shall pass
  48. Develop your own style and never falter from that path
  49. Know that there are infinite futures
  50. Embrace deep, lasting love


Nikolas Badminton is the Chief Futurist at He’s a world-renowned futurist speaker, consultant, author media producer, and executive advisor that has spoken to, and worked with, over 300 of the world’s most impactful organizations and governments. He helps shape the visions that shape impactful organizations, trillion-dollar companies, progressive governments, and 200+ billion dollar investment funds.

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Facing Our Futures
Nikolas Badminton – Chief Futurist

Nikolas Badminton

Nikolas is the Chief Futurist of the Futurist Think Tank. He is world-renowned futurist speaker, a Fellow of The RSA, and has worked with over 300 of the world’s most impactful companies to establish strategic foresight capabilities, identify trends shaping our world, help anticipate unforeseen risks, and design equitable futures for all. In his new book – ‘Facing Our Futures’ – he challenges short-term thinking and provides executives and organizations with the foundations for futures design and the tools to ignite curiosity, create a framework for futures exploration, and shift their mindset from what is to WHAT IF…

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