Derek Sivers

Your dream has arrived. Just the details have changed.

2009-05-24

Science fiction predicted that by now, we’d all be cyborgs, with some of our human parts enhanced by machines, and our brains tapped into the central computer.

But if we ignore the detail that these machines would be under our skin, then that future has arrived. Our mobile phones are practically glued to our hands, enhancing our abilities, and we’re all tapped into the central computers.

The point of the science fiction prediction was our machine-enhanced abilities. They didn’t really need to be under the skin. That was just a detail.

Look again at your dreams, and see if they have already arrived.

Musicians dreamed of getting a record deal — to have their music available to everyone, on equal footing alongside the greats. But now every musician has equal distribution. And even better, now you don’t need to give up your copyrights in return. So the dream has arrived. Only the details have changed.

Many people dreamed of a free university education. Now many top universities have their courses online for free. So the dream has arrived. Only the details have changed.

Media stars dreamed of having their own TV show. But YouTube is more popular than TV ever was. In TV’s peak popularity, Seinfeld episodes had about 20 million viewers. The popular channels on YouTube have over 500 million viewers. So the dream has arrived. Only the details have changed.

Point is: If you’re waiting for something to come, blur your eyes, ignore some details, and see if it’s already arrived.