Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance

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From the acclaimed blogger and author of Career Renegade.

All creators, from writers to painters to entrepreneurs and team leaders, eventually come face-to-face with mounting waves of fear and uncertainty. It's unavoidable. How you handle these powerful influences, though, often determines the difference between glorious success and demoralizing defeat.

Properly understood and harnessed, fear and uncertainty ...

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Overview

From the acclaimed blogger and author of Career Renegade.

All creators, from writers to painters to entrepreneurs and team leaders, eventually come face-to-face with mounting waves of fear and uncertainty. It's unavoidable. How you handle these powerful influences, though, often determines the difference between glorious success and demoralizing defeat.

Properly understood and harnessed, fear and uncertainty can become fuel for creative genius rather than sources of pain, anxiety, and suffering.

But when misunderstood, mishandled, and avoided, they quickly become forces of creative and emotional paralysis and destruction, turning the seeds of great art, business, and innovation into creative misses and outright failures.

Drawing on extensive case studies and research, Fields shares a set of detailed personal practices and environmental changes that can not only humanize the creative process, but also allow individuals and teams to stay more open to opportunity and play a bigger creative game.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Human beings are temperamentally, viscerally opposed to uncertainty, especially in our careers, but lawyer-turned-entrepreneur Fields works to persuade his readers that uncertainty can be freeing and energizing—and isn’t just for startups—while workers of all levels can transform that space of limbo into a site for thinking creatively. He presents a practical set of tools for overcoming fear of the unknown and rituals that help “reframe uncertainty, risk, and exposure as allies for creating and innovating on a level you never thought possible.” Interestingly, he finds the biggest leaps can be taken most successfully in the company of others, both by joining efforts with a hive of similar-minded people, and by inviting your colleagues and even customers into a process of co-creation. Though uncertainty is difficult, Fields encourages readers, in the words of one devotee, to “jump out of a perfectly good airplane” and take the chance that will lead to greatness. A sympathetic and practical primer on fear management and risk taking. (Oct.)
Daniel H. Pink
"Let's face it-the leap of faith required to follow a dream is usually accompanied by gut-wrenching, knee-quaking, soul-shaking fear. Jonathan Fields knows this-but instead of offering an empty pep talk, he delivers daily practices that can help you transform fear and uncertainty into confidence and creativity."
Gretchen Rubin
"Uncertainty; risk; exposure to criticism. How do you conquer this fearsome triad, so it doesn't block your path-even better, how do you harness its power to help you achieve your goals? Jonathan Fields uses perceptive analysis, fascinating case studies, and a series of exercises to illuminate how uncertainty can be used as an engine to power both innovation and creation."
Steven Pressfield
"Keats called it Negative Capability-the skill 'of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts.' Tom Thibodeaux, coach of the Chicago Bulls, says, 'You gotta learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable.' But nobody has nailed this faculty like Jonathan Fields, showing us how to turn the fog of self- doubt, fear and internal paralysis into the clear sailing of focus, concentration and results."
Susan Piver
"Jonathan Fields' new book is brilliant and subversive. Through sharp insights and practical exercises, he reframes doubt, hesitation, and ambiguity as gateways to our own natural brilliance. It's a handbook for fearless creativity and its offshoots: meaning, authenticity, and true success."
Tony Schwartz
"Fields is a breezy, engaging writer who demystifies creativity with a whole new bag of user friendly tricks and practices-crux moves, circuit breakers, certainty anchors and attentional training. Hugely practical. Lean into Uncertainty!"
Tony Hsieh
"With a blend of old and new wisdom, Uncertainty equips you with tools needed to take consistent action in the name of great work. Great read!"
Chris Guillebeau
 "Too many of us sit on the sidelines of fear and doubt unable to contribute. This masterful book will put you back in the game."
Pamela Slim
 "Fear keeps scores of people stuck in careers and lives they hate. Fields gives crystal clear guidance on how to engage with uncertainty so that it fuels creativity and action. Your productivity, happiness, and pocketbook will be massively improved by reading this book."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591844242
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/29/2011
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 807,577
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Fields is a lawyer-turned-serial entrepreneur, AdAge Power 150 blogger, marketing consultant, speaker, and author. His last book, Career Renegade, was named a Top 10 Small Biz Book by Small Business Trends. A contributor to PsychologyToday.com and HuffingtonPost.com, he writes about entrepreneurship, innovation, lifestyles, and marketing at JonathanFields.com and TribalAuthor.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2011

    Fantastic, a must-read for all creative types

    Anyone who's ever had the need to create something powerful knows the fear behind it. The what-ifs, etc. This book does a great job of breaking down the WHY and the HOW to overcome. I loved it, and found myself nodding my head at least once each chapter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    Required Reading for Any Pursuing Creativity

    The concepts in this book apply equally to the business world and individual creative efforts. Excellent food for thought and concrete practices to nurture your innate creativity!

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