In this Expert Insight Interview, Mike Stevenson discusses that although we’ve been through a lot, the best is yet to come. If Mike Stevenson’s life were a film script, it would be dismissed as far-fetched. He was expelled at 15 with no qualifications, which led him on a downward journey through homelessness, depression, and drug addiction during the swinging 60s in London. He eventually escaped to Dublin and became friends with probably the greatest hard-rock band the world has ever seen — Thin Lizzy with Phil Lynott and Brian Downey. He went on to build several businesses and become very successful.
This Expert Insight Interview discusses:
- Why Mike Stevenson believes that the best is yet to come
- The increasing belief in respect and humanity
- The widespread need for human connection
Optimism for the Future
To some people, the topic of this Expert Insight Interview sounds overly optimistic because everybody expects one crisis after another these days and a continuous downward spiral. But, although Scottish people are not often known for viewing the world in a positive light, Mike Stevenson believes we are headed for a bright future.
Young people have been brought up with different values. They see climate change as an imperative we have to deal with now, not something we can plan long into the future. We’ve also got the growth of artificial intelligence and the freedom of digitalization offered by positive globalization.
Respect and Humanity
Mike also thinks there’s a widespread desire to return to humanity. Whether at work or home, no matter what you’re doing, you want to be treated as a human being, and sometimes we forget that.
Some of the exploitative labor practices we used to see in places like Bangladesh, India, and Africa over the past several decades seem less likely now. People see the protection of human rights as an imperative and generally agree that everyone deserves to be treated with value and respect.
Even before the pandemic, the more connected we became through social networks, the more disconnected we were. The pandemic has accelerated this, and people now realize how much they need human connection and to feel like they have a place in the world.
There has been a reawakening not just among young people but in people of all ages. If you’re not getting up in the morning with a sense of purpose, all you’re doing is something routine to fulfill a role.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.