In August 2005 I was at a crossroads.
I’d spent the past 2 1/2 years working as a breakfast radio host in New Zealand but had become bored with it and knew I needed a change.
I thought about pursuing a career as a TV presenter in Auckland (the largest city in New Zealand), but it just didn’t feel right. New Zealand was just too small for me. After weeks of thinking and weighing up my options I decided to quit my job in radio and move to Australia to start a new life with a grand total of $700 in my pocket.
I was excited and nervous about making the move. I was 25 years old and it would be my first time outside of New Zealand. I’d never even been overseas for a holiday. Moving to Australia felt right, but leaving behind my family, friends and everything that was familiar to me was a big deal. There were so many unknowns. I didn’t know what was going to happen next, where I would live, what I would do for work, whether I would like it or anything else.
I asked everyone I knew who had been to Australia for advice. Where should I live? What should I do? How easy is it to get a job there? What should I know before I go?
In addition I decided to do something I’d never done before to help me prepare for my trip… I decided to see a clairvoyant.
I’d never seen a clairvoyant before and to be honest I wasn’t even sure if I even believed they were legit. Could they really see the future? Did they really know what was coming next? Or were they all fakes and frauds? I didn’t know. But I was curious. So I decided to give it a try and find out.
Now I’ve never been a person who does things by halves. When I do something – I do it. I’m either fully committed and all in – or all out. 100% or nothing.
So, instead of seeing one clairvoyant… I decided to see five. Yup, five. Why five? Well my thinking was this: If clairvoyants were legit and they could really see my future they should all be telling me the exact same things and confirming each others stories.
BUT: If I’m getting contradictory information either some, or all of them, don’t know what they’re talking about and are just making it up as they go along. (I also decided that if 3 out of the 5 clairvoyants told me the exact same thing I would pay attention to it – ‘majority rules’)
After doing some online searching and asking everyone I knew for referrals, I then spent the next 2 weeks travelling around New Zealand meeting with some of the top clairvoyants in the country. I would see one, wait a few days, and then I would see another.
I didn’t tell any of the clairvoyants:
- I was moving to Australia
- Anything about myself or my family
- Anything about my job or my past
- Anything about my future plans
- I didn’t hint at anything and I didn’t reveal anything
I told them my name was Michael and nothing else.
So what did the clairvoyants predict? Were they accurate? What did they say?
Of the five clairvoyants I saw, three were reasonably accurate – one was awesome – and one sucked and just made up a bunch of crap about who I was in my past lives (funnily enough the one with the best reputation).
What did they tell me? Mostly stuff about myself, my family and my past (stuff I already knew), but on the topic of the future they all told me the same thing: I would get married, have a family, and spend the rest of my life living in New Zealand as a celebrity working in radio and TV.
But that wasn’t what I wanted to hear.
In fact, I was greatly disappointed.
Living and working overseas has always been a dream of mine and so I even asked each of the clairvoyants specifically “What about overseas?” But each of them shook their heads and said “Sorry I don’t see anything”. One saw me taking a short holiday to Australia for a few weeks before coming back to New Zealand – but that was it.
I didn’t like what I was hearing however and I thought to myself:
“I’m not going to let that happen.”
2 weeks later I moved to Melbourne and I’ve never looked back.
Looking back the predictions of the clairvoyants could have been 100% accurate or inaccurate (or anything in between). I could have been destined to get married and have a family and live the rest of my life in New Zealand, or their ‘predictions’ could have been nothing more than cold reading and random wild guesses.
But it doesn’t matter because the point is this: I didn’t have to go along with it. Instead of being forced to live with the predictions they gave me, I was able to ignore them and create the future I desired.
Since I saw those 5 clairvoyants 12 years ago in 2005, only one of the things they predicted has come to pass. (One of the clairvoyants told me there was a minor problem with my car which needed urgent attention which turned out to be right). Apart from that – nothing. Maybe everything they predicted was likely to happen when they first predicted it, but I took specific actions to make sure that it didn’t happen.
All of the clairvoyants predicted:
- I would get married – I’m 37 and have never been married
- I would have children – I don’t want children
- I would live in New Zealand for the rest of my life – I have no intention of returning to live in New Zealand. It’s way too small and boring for me. I would much rather live in Melbourne (my home since 2005), Tokyo or New York
None of the clairvoyants predicted:
- My move to Australia
- My working in recruitment
- My traveling the world
- My life changing experiences with Ayahuasca
- My starting this blog, or my soon to be launched podcast
But all of these things happened because I made them happen.
I believe that a clairvoyant or psychic might get a strong sense of your most likely future based upon a feeling, vision, or something you say to them, or some vibe you give off. But: No one can predict your future or “The Future” with 100% accuracy because it hasn’t happened yet and you can always change it depending on what you do.
You see nothing is inevitable or set in stone. Nothing is predetermined or predestined. The only destiny or fate you have is the one you make for yourself.
“The future depends on what you do today.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
I know there are thousands of liars and charlatans around the world who claim to be able to predict the future but the fact is that you never hear about it until after the fact. It’s only then that they “knew it would happen” and they “predicted it”. But you know what? They can never tell you anything of significance about the future right now, when it actually counts and could actually make a difference to your life.
How many clairvoyants living in New York stood outside the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and warned people in the days and weeks leading up to the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001? Let me answer that question for you: ZERO. The exact same number that knew about the terrorist attacks in advance.
How many clairvoyants living in Las Vegas warned concert goers on October 1, 2017, that Stephen Paddock would open fire from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel? The answer again is ZERO. The exact same number that knew about the shooting in advance.
Clairvoyants are not only just as useless as everyone else at predicting the future, but they’re also unclear in their predictions. If you’ve ever listened to the predictions of a clairvoyant the first thing you should notice is that they’re never detailed or specific.
Instead, they always speak in terms so vague, ambiguous and non-committal that they could mean absolutely anything. That way they can later twist their words to mean anything they want them to mean.
Unfortunately most believers and supporters seem to turn a blind eye to this and tend to have very selective memories only remembering the one or two things their favorite clairvoyant seemed to have guessed right, whilst simultaneously forgetting the thousands of things they got wrong.
“The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses.” – Francis Bacon
My advice is not to waste your time going to see an astrologer or clairvoyant to tell you your future or your ‘lucky’ numbers because the truth is they don’t know.
Let’s be honest: If someone could predict the future they wouldn’t waste their time helping you to win the lottery. If you could predict next week’s winning lottery numbers would you give them away to a complete stranger for $100 or would you use that knowledge to buy the winning lottery tickets yourself?
“How come you never see a headline like ‘psychic wins lottery’?” – Jay Leno
If someone could really predict the future they would be working directly with the White House, the CIA, and the Pentagon. They would have the power to change the world and to prevent mass shootings and terrorism, to warn of natural disasters and stock market crashes, and to bankrupt every bookmaker, casino and lottery on earth.
“There are two kinds of forecasters: Those who don’t know, and those who don’t know they don’t know” – John Kenneth Galbraith
It’s not only astrologers and clairvoyants that suck at making predictions but everyone else including the ‘experts’ too.
In fact, there have been millions of false predictions throughout history from everything from the return of Jesus Christ, to World War 3, to the end of the world itself…
Famous failed predictions
“X-rays will prove to be a hoax.” – Lord Kelvin, Mathematician, Physicist and President of the Royal Society, 1883
“Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.” – Lord Kelvin, Mathematician and Physicist, President of the Royal Society, 1895
“Everything that can be invented, has been invented.” Charles H. Duell, Commissioner of US patent office, 1899 (There are now at least 10 Million Patents in America alone and at least 300, 000 new patents issued each year)
“I confess that in 1901 I said to my brother Orville that man would not fly for fifty years. Two years later we ourselves made flights. This demonstration of my impotence as a prophet gave me such a shock that ever since I have distrusted myself and avoided all predictions.” – Wilbur Wright, inventor of the airplane
“The horse is here to stay, but the automobile is only a novelty, a fad.” – President of the Michigan Savings Bank, 1903 (Currently there are 1.2 billion motor vehicles in the world and that number is expected to grow to 2 billion by 2040)
“There is no danger that Titanic will sink. The boat is unsinkable and nothing but inconvenience will be suffered by the passengers.” – Phillip Franklin, vice president of the White Star Line, which had produced the Titanic, 1912
“Cinema is little more than a passing fad.” – Charlie Chaplin, 1916
“Stock prices have reached a permanently high plateau.” – Yale economist, Irving Fisher, 1929, after the Dow Jones reached 381.17 points (Currently the Dow Jones is at 22, 412.59 points which is a 57, 780% increase upon his prediction)
“There will never be a bigger plane built.” – A Boeing engineer, shorty after the company had built a twin engine plane that could hold a maximum of 10 people, 1933 (Currently the world’s largest passenger plane the Airbus A-380 can seat up to 853 passengers)
“A rocket will never be able to leave the Earth’s atmosphere.” – New York Times, 1936 (Manned missions to Mars are planned by the mid 2030’s)
“Television won’t last because people will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.” – Darryl Zanuck, co-founder of 20th Century Fox, 1946 (The average American watches 5 hours of TV a day which works out to be 15 years/12% of your life, if you live to the average life expectancy of 78)
“Remote shopping, while entirely feasible, will flop, because women like to get out of the house, like to handle the merchandise, like to be able to change their minds.” – Time Magazine, 1966 (E-commerce is currently a $2 Trillion dollar a year economy and although it only accounts for 12% of all shopping done worldwide, it is growing by double digits every year and sales are expected to top $4 Trillion by 2020)
“I don’t think there will be a woman prime minister in my lifetime.” – Margaret Thatcher, 1973, 6 years before she became UK Prime Minister in 1979
“I predict the internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse.” – Robert Metcalfe, Founder of 3 Com, 1995
“There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share.” — Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, 2007 (The iPhone is easily the world’s most popular smartphone and now owns at least 40% of the US market. Since it’s release in 2007, Apple has sold over 1.2 Billion iPhone’s making $100+ Billion in net profit)
“Children just aren’t interested in Witches and Wizards anymore.” – Anonymous publishing executive in a note to JK Rowling after she tried to get them to publish the Harry Potter series (The Harry Potter books have sold over 500 Million copies making JK Rowling the world’s first Billionaire author. The Harry Potter franchise is now worth over $15 Billion)
“December 21st, 2012 will mark the end of the world.” – Believers in the Mayan prophecy everywhere
“Hillary Clinton will win by a landslide against Donald Trump. I expect her to win 46 states. I try to minimize election predictions—especially long before the voting on election day – but I consider this prediction one of the easiest I have ever made.” – Brent Budowsky, Observer.com, 2016 (Donald Trump wins easily)
The 3 things I know about the future
Overall, I know only 3 things about the future:
1. No one can predict the future
Isn’t it obvious that no one knows what the future will bring?
- Flying cars – but not self-driving cars
- Jet packs – but not personal computers or the internet
- World War 3 – but not the lowest crime rate in history
- The biggest stock market crash in history – but not the highest Dow, S&P500, and NASDAQ of all time
- A one world government and a ‘new world order’ – but not ‘Brexit’ and England leaving the European union
In fact, who predicted ANY of the following events in world history?
- The discovery of dinosaur bones
- The moon landing in 1969
- The discovery of 2 trillion galaxies (10X more than was previously thought)
- The inventions:
- The telephone
- The radio
- The TV
- The computer
- The internet
- Social media
- The disasters:
- The sinking of the Titanic
- World War 1
- World War 2
- The great depression
- The Chernobyl Disaster
- September 11th
- The stock market crashes:
- The stock market crash of 1929
- Black Monday 1987
- The NASDAQ tech crash of 1999
- The 2008 Global Financial Crisis
- The sporting upsets:
- James “Buster” Douglas knocking out Mike Tyson in Tokyo in 1989
- Matt Serra knocking out GSP at UFC 69 in 2007
- Leicester City winning the English Premier League title in 2015 at odds of 5000-1
- Ireland beating the All Blacks in 2016 for the first time ever in 111 years
- The political events:
- The breakup and fall of the USSR on Christmas day, December 25th, 1991
- The NSA spying on the entire world, 2013
- Brexit and the UK voting to leave the European union in 2016
- Donald Trump winning the American Presidency in 2016
And don’t even get me started on the thousands of false predictions made by Christians for the return of Jesus Christ and the end of the world.
In fact, Jesus may have been one of the first to give a false prediction: “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.” Matthew 16:28, Luke 9:27
The message is clear: No one can predict the future. Not Edgar Cayce. Not Jeane Dixon. Not Nostradamus. Not Baba Vanga. Not the Psychic Twins. No one. All the astrologers, clairvoyants and fortune tellers in the world combined can’t predict the future. There are simply too many unknowns and variables involved.
No one knows what the future will bring and predictions should be called ‘guesses’ because that’s all that they are.
2. It will get better
If you watched a lot of 1970s and 1980s science fiction movies about the future such as Blade Runner, 1984 and The Terminator, the message was clear: the future was going to suck.
But like I said in a recent article 21 Paradoxes of life people often fear the future but overall it keeps on getting better for one reason: Evolution. Computers, Education, Entertainment, Medicine, Science, Technology, Sports etc. everything is constantly evolving, improving and getting better.
3. The best way to predict the future
“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Alan Kay
What will happen in the 21st century and beyond?
AI? Anti-aging? Flying cars? Instant learning? Invisibility? Space elevators? Teleportation? Will we land on Mars and go to other planets?
The only thing that I know for sure is:
- No one can predict the future
- The only future we will have is the one we create for ourselves
- Whilst you can’t predict the future, you can certainly do a lot of things to make the future you want a lot more likely
What do you want your future to look like?
Where do you want to be 5 years from now?
What will you wish you had started a year from now?
“The choice is this: either you try to live your life by predictions or you have the capability to make a plan and fulfil the plan. All those minds which are incapable of a plan will look for a prediction. The stars that you see in the sky are far away, so very far away that they have nothing to do with you. Just one star has a big influence upon you – the Sun. And its satellite, the Moon, also has some influence upon you. This planet has an even greater influence upon you. But above all, what is within you has the biggest influence upon you. All those who are incapable of committing themselves to a plan and fulfilling it, want a prediction. The advantage with predictions is, you can keep changing them. But if a plan has to work, you have to pay enormous attention in creating one. Then you have to stick to it.
I only hope all predictions go wrong for you. Then it means your life is happening wonderfully. Otherwise you are going by the script that was written by some fool. In India, for twenty-five rupees, or fifty cents, they will write your life. Let your life not be so bad. It does not matter what the hell happens, let something other than the prediction happen to you. Is that okay? May your predictions and dreams not come true. Because a prediction is just a compromised dream.”
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