I get motivated by big successes. I am the biggest sap in the world for underdog stories. I cried at the Chrysler Detroit Superbowl commercial.
It is so inspiring to see awesome creative endeavors, or to see an entrepreneur knock it out of the park with a new business.
In my role as a coach, I talk with a lot of people who are trying to create these big successes. They want to have a profitable business so badly that they can taste it. But it is hard. They struggle with carving out a great idea, finding a profitable market, and explaining to spouses and loved ones why it is worth tremendous risk to follow a dream.
If there were one skill that I would teach to every single one of my clients, it would be the ability to deal with uncertainty. Some believe that it is temporary — once they quit their jobs, get a few clients and become profitable, that things will calm down and they can finally relax and coast.
It doesn’t work like that. Uncertainty is a core element of life, and business. It does not go away once you reach a certain level of success, it actually increases. It is not something to run from, it is something to run into, head on, if you want to consistently deliver great work.
My good friend Jonathan Fields has just written an amazing book called Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance. It is extremely well-researched. It integrates left and right brain strategies. It is based on scores of interviews with people who are performing at the top of their fields. It will help you become a better leader, business owner, marketer and creative talent. Listen in to my conversation with Jonathan about some specific things you can do to amp up your competence dealing with uncertainty. After you watch it, buy the book, which drops this week!
Watch the video on YouTube here.