Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt Into Fuel For Brilliance is the second book by writer, entrepreneur and consultant Jonathan Fields, who blogs at JonathanFields.com. This book is intended for entrepreneurs, creatives and anyone who is contemplating a “leap of faith” to try something new, big, scary and, above all, uncertain.
The book is filled with anecdotes and stories about creatives and entrepreneurs who shifted their careers – and their lives – away from paths of certainty and routine. These are people who switched to different pursuits which offered the chances for change, growth, accomplishment and yes, even success but with the chance for failure that dissuade many people from trying something different.
Some of them, like Fields himself, moved from financial stability to things that they felt passionate about: Fields had a corporate law job that he left to become a personal trainer, then the owner of a New York City yoga business – and had just put everything in motion the day before 9/11. So it’s fair to say that Fields knows a lot about dealing with uncertainty after starting and growing his new business in those difficult conditions.
Fields gives the reader a series of tools and techniques to help the reader manage the influx of uncertainty and change in routine in their lives when they switch career paths. He introduces concepts like certainty anchors, creative hives and the use of collaboration with other people. These are ways to build a foundation of certainty and support that can be clung to and used to withstand the challenges of uncertainty. He also discusses different techniques, such as attentional training (AT) – think of the different types of meditation as examples – to help keep you calm and focused in periods of uncertainty.
Fields is a good, clear writer and his book is an easy read at 228 pages. It’s got useful information for the intended reader. This is a good book and it’s worth checking out if you feel like you’re about to venture out into unknown territory.
- I received a review copy of Uncertainty (and thank you very much).
- I have met Jonathan Fields in person and he seems like a nice guy.
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