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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
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By Mike on 01-03-12
Narrator had very unusual intonation. Difficult to ignore the reading style and truly listen to the content. Also, the book went into eastern religion and spirituality in the second half. Nothing against religion - but, that's not what I was expecting from this book.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
By ann on 10-18-12
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
The book itself is wonderful and would definitely be a great recommendation to friends, especially those who may see their present spate of challenges as a bit daunting to overcome. The content is well organized and the testimonials to the author's ideas are modern and from searchable organisations and people.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Uncertainty?
Unfortunately, I did not finish the book and would not be adept at offering a most memorable moment. The experiences shared in the first 4 chapters were relevant and well reported.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
I found the narrator's presentation distracting and tone grating though this may be a personal prejudice. He came across almost off-handed, even flippant in places that would have called for more gravity considering the experiences that were being related.
What did you take away from Uncertainty that you can apply to your work?
Thinking outside the box is now more than ever, more than a cute euphemism. But that will call for for risks, taking chances that on the onset may seem literally out of this world. Your gut is a great barometer of your endeavors. Believing in you is the key ingredient. Once the two are stirred up, the proverbial windows open.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By livvy on 02-04-16
It has changed my perspective on my current work uncertainty & provided practical coping tools
By Amazon Customer on 02-02-16
Practical and useful
Amazing book if you are a creative of any type and your work's outcome is not clear or guaranteed. Full of useful and practical advice.
His Good life project also is worth watching ir listening to if you want to know how the most extradionary human beings if our generation made it to where they are.
Jonathan Fields is an amazing writer and his Conversation Provocative style leaves you always with lots of thoughts of your own ,which is ultimately the best legacy a book can have.