Most executives working for major corporations spend less than 2.4% of their time actively thinking about the future. In contrast, entrepreneurs spend the majority of their time trying to imagine and anticipate the future and figure out how they can operate effectively in that environment. The ability to anticipate future shifts is key ingredients of success. If you race ahead without knowing where you are headed, you may get there fast, but it will probably not be the place you wanted to end up. Remember the slinky? Begin by looking backward. Studying the trends and cycles of the past will improve your ability to imagine the future. Eventually, the other end makes a landing. It is not in exactly the same place, but the patterns ARE predictable.