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Author: Jonathan Fields Narrator: Erik Synnestvedt Publisher: Recorded Books: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9781596599901
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Jonathan Fields knows the risks-and potential power-of uncertainty. He gave up a six-figure income as a lawyer to make $12 an hour as a personal trainer. Then, married with a 3-month old baby, he signed a lease to launch a yoga center in the heart of New York City. . . the day before 9/11. But he survived, and along the way he developed a fresh approach to transforming uncertainty, risk of loss, and exposure to judgment into catalysts for innovation, creation, and achievement. Properly understood and harnessed, fear and uncertainty can become fuel for creative genius rather than sources of pain, anxiety, and suffering. In business, art, and life, creating on a world-class level demands bold action and leaps of faith in the face of great uncertainty. But that uncertainty can lead to fear, anxiety, paralysis, and destruction. It can gut creativity and stifle innovation. It can keep you from taking the risks necessary to do great work and craft a deeply-rewarding life. And it can bring companies that rely on innovation grinding to a halt. That is, unless you know how to use it to your advantage. Fields draws on leading-edge technology, cognitive-science and ancient awareness-focusing techniques in a fresh, practical, non-dogmatic way. His approach enables creativity and productivity on an entirely different level and can turn the once-tortuous journey into a more enjoyable quest. Fields will reveal how to: * Make changes to your workflow that unlock buried creative potential. * Build "creation hives" -- supportive groups that can supercharge and humanize the process. * Tap social technology and user co-creation to add clarity, certainty, and sanity, even if you're an artist or solo-creator. * Develop a set of personal practices and mindset shifts that let you not just tolerate, but invite and even amplify, uncertainty as a catalyst for genius. 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. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshua | 2/15/2014

    " I liked this book but found it more skimmably anecdotal than actionable. I did like the more concrete suggestions but there were a lot of stories between here and there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 2/14/2014

    " I listened to this as an audio. I have to admit that the voice on this one threw me just a bit b/c of the constant intonations. But the book itself was wonderful. I think everyone starting a business or artistic project should read it. This concept is the key to making it as a creator. Leaning into fear and judgment. Conducting seemingly wild experiments freely. We must let the uncertainty fuel us b/c it is a necessary evil. Otherwise, what we do is simply derivative. It even talks about what to do after you go to zero, which is the worst case scenario. We can bounce back! But the worst thing we can do is nothing. The part about rituals and envisioning the process and not just the outcome was especially meaningful. Having a hive is also a cool concept. Some sections may feel like a review, such as those about the importance of exercise, balance, and meditation in relation to creative work. But overall, this book is a winner. So take uncertainty and run with it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marnierosenberg | 12/31/2013

    " After LOVING the introduction (and telling at least a dozen people to read this book), I got stuck in the first 100 pages for many months, starting and restarting to gain traction. Finally this week I moved into the second half, into content which spoke to me in so many ways. I can see myself recommending this book to friends and clients over and over again. It gets right to the heart of how uncertainty gets us stuck and suggests ways to move through it. I can't wait to start putting these ideas into action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 12/7/2013

    " I got this book in a first reads contest, and I wasn't sure what to expect. I am glad I did because I really loved it. The book was inspiring and made you really look at how you try to achieve your dreams and the stress and uncertainty that can come with that. Good tips on how to follow your passion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 BLACK | 12/2/2013

    " Good productivity tips to reduce risk. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alm | 11/16/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. It presents information in an alternate way, which resonated with me on many levels. I've read a lot of motivational books, and this is one that I will be keeping around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sobash | 9/24/2013

    " thought provoking for the new age. excellent book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cari | 9/4/2013

    " I really liked this book because it provided practical, step-by-step advice that felt relevant and attainable. Fear of failure stops me from taking action too often, and the author offered great suggestions for conquering it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jarkko | 7/23/2013

    " A well-researched book on creating when faced with uncertainty and fear. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fredrick | 12/28/2012

    " A self help book on how to taking on the uncertainty of making a change or creating something new. Has some good ideas. Free Advance reader copy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arie | 6/5/2012

    " Setengah awalnya sih menarik banget. Hanya saja pas udah mulai masuk bagian evaluasi tuh agak bosen. Mungkin gara-gara aku gak punya ketertarikan di situ juga sih. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Men | 3/13/2012

    " So dull I don't remember anything about it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 11/22/2011

    " Extracted a few points so far. Continued reading it for the sake of saying I finished it. "

About the Author

Jonathan Fields is a serial entrepreneur, acclaimed blogger, business consultant, speaker, and author. Fields writes about entrepreneurship, innovation, lifestyles, and marketing at and; he is also a contributor to and Fields is the author of Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance and Career Renegade: How to Make a Great Living Doing the Work You Love.

About the Narrator

Erik Synnestvedt has recorded nearly two hundred audiobooks for trade publishers as well as for the Library of Congress Talking Books for the Blind program. They include The Day We Found the Universe by Marcia Bartusiak, A Game as Old as Empire edited by Steven Hiatt, and Twitter Power by Joel Comm.