“I had some talent in being able to spot things that might be important and make connections between ideas. So I became a trends expert. I started taking all of these things that I was reading and putting the pieces together and saying, well, if this is happening in retail and this is happening in health care, and this is happening in financial services, here's the macro trend that's happening in the world. I started publishing those trends, and people started reading them and paying attention to them. Then I started getting invited to organisations to teach them how to think like that too.”
Rohit believes with the right mindset, we can all look to the future with informed optimism. Just don’t call him a futurist.
“In some circles, I’m a futurist, even though I don't love that term, I'd describe myself as a near futurist because I don't talk about what's going to happen in 2050 or that far in the future.”
That means Rohit isn’t thinking about flying cars, only the here and now because he believes the future is coming at us faster than ever. Most of what he describes is about the accelerating present - the stuff that matters to businesses and leaders right now.
“My definition of a trend is a curated observation of the accelerating present. I use that phrase because I think that there are signs of the future happening right now. I will never write about something as a trend that is a guess like we could have flying cars in the future. Sure we could, but what I'd rather write about is something that's starting to happen right now, but that is going to amplify.”