I recently attended a banquet and the keynote speaker was telling a story. In the process of telling that story, he shared something that he had been told and it really struck me. You may have heard this quote before - as I did a little research on it to see who originally said it, there seems to be a couple different versions of it out there, attributed to different people. If you haven't heard it before, you'd better sit down first - it's pretty powerful.
"The best way to predict the future is to invent it."