Uncertainty Uncertainty Will Freeze You In Place If You Let It 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 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 Developed A Fresh Approach To Transforming Uncertainty Into A Catalyst For Innovation And Achievement Fields Draws On Leading Edge Technology, Cognitive Science, And Ancient Awareness Focusing Techniques In A Fresh, Practical, Nondogmatic Way His Approach Enables Creativity And Productivity On An Entirely Different Level And Can Turn The Once Tortuous Journey Into A Enjoyable Quest. I wish I d read Erica s review before I started this, or I wouldn t have wasted my time I read the whole thing, hoping it would become the book I expected And what I expected was something far about uncertainty on a philosophical level Instead, this is a generic own your life self help book, aimed specifically at creative entrepreneurs If you re at all interested in this genre you re read this exact book a dozen times before i.e foster a growth mind set, use process visualization, build a supportive community, get feedback, yadda yadda yadda And meditate There was a lot on meditation, specifically TM I guess Fields is a yoga teacher, so that makes sense As others ha
I couldn t even make it to chapter two I was originally intrigued by this book because there s so much uncertainty in everyone s lives and I thought, I d like to find a way to turn something so stressful into something positive The first thing I noticed was there were no bibliographical resources, no references When I see that, I often assume the writer is just sharing an opinion, something he s thought long and hard about and put to paper While opinions are great, I m not sure they should be foisted off as researched theories and methods Maybe that s not what this books is supposed to be, maybe it is just opinion and maybe that s ok, but that s not what I d wanted to read.I had a difficult time with the writing there were a few malapropisms and some wonky sentence structure In some cases, I could not figure out what he was trying to get across By the end of the first chapter, I felt that a lot of what I d read was either common sense or ge
When I pick up a new business book, the first thing I do is flip to the back to check out the notes I have a strong preference for books with lots of notes It shows the author did his or her research, that the book is based on something other than just one person s ideas Ideas from just one person, however grounded in experience, just aren t a big enough sample size for me If there are no or very few notes, I assume the author s of a motivational speaker than a writer.I opened Uncertainty, flipped to the back, and noticed the conspicuous absence of notes I expected a fluffy read, full of personal stories You can understand my astonishment at the discovery that this reads like a well researched book The author references studies, a ton of other books, interviews with other business authors, and real life anecdotes So where are the notes He says things like, A 2006 Dutch study of 19,288 twins and their families that demonstrated that those who exercise were less anxious, less depressed, less neurotic, and also socially outgoing Without notes, we don t know where this was published, who conducted the survey, or anything about its methodology in other news, Fields, that was not a sentence and should not end with a period Does Fields assume his readers won t be interested enough in what he has to say to want to read the source material Worse, is he trying to hide the source material because maybe he was tw
I won this book through First Reads, woo Now I am obligated to review it, though I would have anyway.Jonathan Fields has felt uncertain before As a lawyer turned personal trainer who launched a yoga center in NYC the day before 9 11, he must have faced fears and falls They haven t stopped him from writing Uncertainty, though In this book he delves into the damaging effects of doubt and what we can do to defeat it He draws from many fields, ranging from cognitive neuroscience, lifestyle reorganization, and and brings to light how the negative side of uncertainty can be beaten.After reading this book, I imagine that Jonathan Fields is a nice guy From what he s shared, he seems to be practical, down to earth, and a great father and husband He s someone I wouldn t mind having lunch with on a random Wednesday.He writes well, too His writing is clear and concise, and it s not difficult to digest However, I felt like none of the chapters were particularly powerful the entire book floated by, but did not force me to flip its pages or lose sleep over it.He covers a lot of topics, including, but not limited to meditation, business, scientific experiments, fixed vs growth mindsets, exercise, etc While I appreciated the scope of his book, it never completely came together It wasn t exactly all over the place, but the book could have been cohesive if certain parts
A good enough read on how to not let uncertainty, doubt, and the fear of judgement paralyze you Best bit of advice for me pay attention to my work habits throughout the day and notice when I start to fade and not be keenly engaged in my work Jot those times down and at the end of a week I have a pretty good pattern to guide me in structuring my day For me, my best work is done between 7 00 and 9 00 am After that I m really only good for about 1 2 hour spurts of focus The odd thing is that while my best work is done in the morning, and by work I mean grinding out the the routine tasks, my best thinking and strategery comes in the afternoon and late evening Knowing this and seeing it played out over a span of time has really freed up a lot of time where I would otherwise be inefficiently slogging away at a task, not inspired, not making connections That time I can now turn over to trying to do th
As a general business book, it falls flat after a few chapters However, if you are a bootstrapping entrepreneur, creative type, or someone who has been in the kind of high pressure situation solo targeted in this book, without of course the benefits of support systems, corporate training or the benefits of a support network and your family, this book is a gem I found myself nodding my head constantly, and although I found that I had already discovered many of the techniques that the author de
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 wors
What is the book about The book is about dealing with uncertainty, doubt and fear.It explores techniques of benefiting from theses emotions states or at least overcoming their paralyzing aspects.What problem was the author trying to solve He was trying answer the questions How can I make uncertainty, doubt and fear work for me How much uncertainty is good for me How do I decide when to keep doing what I do or change course What are the main arguments Do I agree Uncertainty, doubt, fear, judgment, risk are essential and can promote creativity and great achievements The following are useful techniques which help dealing with uncertainty etc fixed habits certainty anchors sport meditation process visualization growth mindset creation hive downtime reframingI agree to a great degree and found no major flaws in his reasoning I found many of his ideas very helpful.What did I learn He was able to alleviate a lot of pain I had because of uncertainty by showing me how to use it for my benefit.I learned that negative feedback can be very helpful if approached with the right mindset In fact, judgment, risk, uncertainty etc are all essential and should be treated as INFORMATION.People who do big projec
note I was sent a copy of this book, signed by the author thanks, Jonathan in exchange for an honest review It was also the January selection for 12 Books a reading group here on Goodreads I first ran across Jonathan Fields on his blog and was impressed by his giving heart and generous spirit So I was interested to read his take on overcoming the fear we all have when beginning something new.To his credit, the book is not just a collection of blog posts cobbled together to make a few bucks Yet, after the Introduction and first few chapters my mind began to wander.It seems Fields is writing to an audience that wouldn t normally pick up a personal development self help type book The title itself is a bit hyperbolic Surely, most people would be happy with outcomes less than brilliant This continues into the body of the book where he writes about creators and their creations in the same way most people might think of producers and products After all, since marketability is a goal isn t most of what we create really a product Surely, even a product of our imagination doesn t have to be couched in such lofty terms.Jonathan is a good writer but the language makes the book a little inaccessible, at least to me.His case studies also seemed a little inaccessible Most of them are what some people refer to as Renaissance Men or Women It s not enough that they are clearly success
I picked up Uncertainty because I was inspired by an excerpt from it in a wonderful compilation of expert advice on expanding one s creativity regimen called Manage Your Day to Day by Jocelyn Glei.Jonathan Fields has walked the walk, coming from a career that includes both business, the arts, law, and yoga practice He has dealt with the effects of uncertainty, intellectually and physically The book starts strong with why uncertainty matters and how it affects the creative process whether it s starting a business, writing a book, or creating an app He makes a concerted effort to draw creatives of all stripes to his message He successfully paints a picture of how uncertainty and fear take us off our game He summarizes illustrative scientific studies to validate his perspectives He cites a variety of others who are in his circle who serve as success cases.The advice he gives about how to overcome uncertainty seemed commonplace, however See Ken Montville s excellent review below I was most impacted by a simple quote that he attributed to one of his sources on pursuing creative endeavors You do the thing you can t not do The book is an bit of a disjointed ride Too many of the studies are described in much detail I would have rather seen the study s conclusion made and then footnoted or the details included