Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt Into Fuel for Brilliance by Jonathan Fields You can buy the book with this link; The Pizza Bats will receive a small commission for your purchase.
Sometimes I don't know what the hell I'm doing, but it turns out that's actually a good thing.
Today's Book Nugget comes from Uncertainty by Jonathan Fields, a serial-entrepreneur, blogger, business consultant, speaker, and author. In the book, Fields stresses the need to welcome the unknown, that if your outcome is certain, you're not really doing anything new. He sez: "The more you're able to tolerate ambiguity and lean into the unknown, the more likely you'll be to dance with it long enough to come up with better solutions, ideas, and creations." In general, human beings tend to shy away from uncertainty--most of us are overcome by anxiety and nerves and would rather stick to safer paths (I know that for me, I have cut many projects short in the face of uncertainty)--Fields, on the other hand, suggests that rather than running from uncertainty, we harness it and turn it into fuel to keep moving forward.
We humans have a built-in instinct to get very uncomfortable in the face of the unknown, but Fields offers a ton of ideas to help us conquer this feeling, and see that it is really a sign that we are likely doing or making something that has never been done or made before, and that the discomfort that we feel is, in fact, quite optional. When we can learn to “lean into” uncertainty, we can keep pushing beyond what we believe is possible and move into the realm of innovation.
“If only we’d learned how to harness and ride rather than hunt and kill the butterflies that live in the gut of every person who strives to create something extraordinary from nothing.”