Predictions for 2011 - And Beyond

New York is covered in ankle-deep slush, a fitting metaphor for 2010. So with that in mind, I headed over to Times Square for the fourth annual Good Riddance Day, where participants could literally dispose of this past year in a giant shredder.

My partner, the Long-Suffering Floyd, and I tossed in a long list that included resentment, fear, worry, the recession, reality TV and Fox News. Lots of things to repudiate.

I felt liberated and empowered and ready to face the new decade, which I mistakenly thought began with 2011. As such, I solicited predictions for the future. Here they are, in no particular order:

"Personal branding is so important to success in business today, it will go out of control and people will rename themselves at the drop of a hat. I'm thinking of changing my name to Cashflow VonMillionaire."

-- Mark McLaughlin, sci-fi author

"Marijuana will be legal and it will only be grown on military bases with the proceeds going to fund military pensions. Let's see the narco lords try to cut into their action."

-- Michael Sick, president of Sick Consulting

"Fitness and entertainment have merged. The concept of "working out" is tired. The most creative forms of fitness to emerge of late have integrated dance, martial arts or circus arts into an accessible everyday athlete technique. Pole Dancing, Hooping, Zumba and AntiGravity Yoga are great examples. If I were to predict fitness trends for 2020, I predict that people will be dancing from the ceiling."

-- Christopher Harrison, Founder and Creator of

"Several members of the euro zone will be forced to leave the common currency. This is because the Germans will be unwilling to bail out indebted euro members such as Portugal and Spain, forcing them (the weaker states) to abandon the euro zone."

-- Foreign exchange broker Peter Lavelle, Pure FX

"I see a big push into the 'homesourcing' arena as more companies will seek to cut their commercial expenses and easily utilize existing resources of staff from the home. They are already paying for their house, their internet, etc. And it's cheaper to live, work and eat from home. And those who seize that momentum early and join the global workforce from home will reap the most benefits. The future will be a global workforce virtually connected through the 'cloud'."

-- James Stinson CEO, Global Sky Inc.

3-D phones are already on their way. I'm okay with it as long as they make me look thin.

And my personal favorite, from Tilmon Brown:

"What next decade? On December 21st, 2012, I'm placing my head between my knees and kissing my ass goodbye."

And that, my friends, is The Upside.

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