Making History

Making History: Crafting the Present to Forge Our Past

The concept of history often brings to mind dusty archives, generations past, and world-changing events frozen in time. However, we tend to overlook the ongoing process of making history, a phenomenon not confined to the past but actively shaped in the present. This article challenges the conventional approach of future-focused living, which often leads to discontentment, and instead advocates for a renewed focus on making history now, in the present moment.

The Illusion of Future Planning

A common pitfall in the human experience is the incessant urge to plan for the future. While having goals is not inherently problematic, attaching oneself to specific outcomes can breed a kind of suffering that emerges from arguing with reality. When expectations diverge from actual experiences, the resulting dissonance creates stress, disappointment, and even despair.

The Gift of the Present

Rather than a stepping stone to an imagined future, the present moment is a gift bestowed upon us by the future. It arrives, not as a theoretical concept, but as an irrefutable reality in which we exist. And because we are in it, the present offers a unique opportunity to lay the groundwork for the history we wish to leave behind.

Crafting Meaningful Actions

So, how does one go about making history in the present? The answer lies in intentional action. When we shift our focus from planning the future to maximizing the present, we engage more deeply with the world around us. Whether we act out of kindness, pursue meaningful work, or invest in relationships, these are the building blocks of a history worth remembering.

The Paradigm of Acceptance

To effectively create history, one must stop arguing with reality and embrace the present as it comes. This acceptance does not equate to passivity; rather, it frees up mental and emotional resources to act decisively, shaping the present into a past worthy of reflection and learning.


In conclusion, making history is not an act of recording the past but a practice rooted in the present moment. By shedding the illusion of future planning and embracing the gift of the now, we can lay down a rich tapestry of history that speaks to our lived experiences. After all, the best way to honor the future is to make the most of the present.

Author: John Rector

John Rector is an AI Futurist who predicted the next word in business™, starting with his notable paper from 2015, "Mommy, What's a Cashier?" Drawing upon 40 years of experience in the practical applications of high technology, he assists clients in converting uncertainty into strategic advantages within a one-to-six-year framework. With leadership roles including IBM executive and co-founder of e2open, he has a diverse and impactful background. In the AI sector, he has set benchmarks through his contributions to Mind Media Group and Florrol, pioneering AI-based services and content generation. His investment initiative, Waterway Ventures, is committed to advancing promising AI startups. His creative ventures include founding Bodaro and graphic design studio Palm ❤️. In education, he has launched Nextyrn, which uses AI for personalized learning experiences, and in art, he leads Potyn, an initiative using AI to create bespoke pieces. His ever-expanding portfolio features companies like Nozeus, Infinia, Blacc Ink, and Maibly. Operating from Charleston, SC, his current focus involves partnering with individuals and enterprises to develop innovative business models and processes for the rapidly approaching age of AGI.

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