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Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance by [Fields, Jonathan]
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"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."
(-Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind )

"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."
(-Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project )

"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."
(-Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art and Do The Work )

"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."
(-Susan Piver, author of The Wisdom of a Broken Heart and How Not to )

"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 Schwartz, author of Be Excellent at Anything )

"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!"
(-Tony Hsieh, author of Delivering Happiness and CEO of, Inc. )

 "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."
(Chris Guillebeau, author of The Art of Nonconformity )

 "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."
(Pamela Slim, author of Escape From Cubicle Nation )

About the Author

Jonathan Fields is a lawyer-turned-serial entrepreneur, acclaimed blogger, business consultant, speaker, and author. His last book, Career Renegade, was named a Top 10 Small Biz Book by Small Business Trends. Fields writes about entrepreneurship, innovation, lifestyles, and marketing at and and contributes to and


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  • File Size: 680 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio (September 29, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 29, 2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052RHDY2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,249 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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