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John Hagel III

Leverage the Three Pillars of Positivity to Build Your Success

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'The Journey Beyond Fear' by John Hagel III guides us to conquer our fears to bring out the best in us. From re-framing our beliefs to promoting personal growth, the author shares how to thrive and stay relevant in today's fast-changing world.

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    The pressure is real, and so is the fear, but aim to move beyond.

    If you feel like you’re under pressure, you’re not alone. All of us – individuals and organizations – are under increasing pressure. These are hard times.

    During his 40-year career in Silicon Valley, the author has noticed the pressure rise and rise. You see, Hagel’s background is in management consultancy, specializing in tech and business opportunities. He’s seen the human impact of globalization and digital technology – the dark side to the revolution.

    Years ago, he spotted a billboard by the highway, right in the heart of Silicon Valley. On the billboard was this simple question: “How does it feel, knowing there are at least 1 million people in the world who can do your job?”

    It feels stressful, right? With globalization, people across the planet can compete for your job. 

    And now, with rapid advances in technology, machines are your competitors too. Today, the billboard might read, “How does it feel, knowing that there are 1 million robots who can do your job?”

    No wonder so many of us feel under pressure. We may even feel afraid – afraid of the competition. Or we’re scared that we may not be able to achieve our goals. The fear is there when we go to work, and often when we come home, too.

    Fear can be a powerful motivator. But is it a good motivator? Well, not really. Just look how a person acts when they’re under pressure, or feeling afraid. Their whole perspective changes. They focus on the short term, and start to believe that rewards or resources are limited.

    Once the person believes this, they worry about who’s going to “win.” They start thinking, “For me to win, someone else has to lose.” And as a result, rivalry increases, pressure mounts. It’s a vicious circle, which has a profound emotional impact. 

    Also, emotions can be contagious. Fear spreads from one person to another, increasing in intensity. It affects whole communities and organizations.

    But it doesn’t have to be this way. Fear isn’t the only motivator.  Hope and excitement can motivate us too. Isn’t it better to be driven by a sense of excitement, rather than a fear of failure?

    Let’s be clear, though – we’re not talking about living a life completely free from fear. It’s an emotion we all experience from time to time.

    But we don’t have to be defined by our fears. And we can find motivation elsewhere.

    Think of your life, or your career, as a journey – a voyage across the sea. You are the vessel, right in the midst of this journey. And the journey is worth making, because there are so many exciting opportunities out there. It’s worth navigating stormy seas.

    But in order to get to your destination, you’ll need motivation. And you’ll need some tools.

    During his life journey, Hagel has experienced a difficult childhood, two divorces, and career challenges. Along the way, he’s identified three tools, which have helped him to keep going. 

    These are tools that anyone can use. They’ll motivate you, guide you, and get you safely to your destination. They’ll help you achieve your potential, no matter what.

    Next, we’ll look at these three tools – what they are, and how to use them. That way, you’ll be ready to set off on the next part of your journey – a journey beyond fear, leading to a land of opportunities.

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    What is The Journey Beyond Fear about?

    The Journey Beyond Fear (2021) is a guide to overcoming fear and reaching your full potential. During his 40-year career in Silicon Valley, Hagel has identified three practical tools that anyone can benefit from. Here, he explains exactly how to use them, so you can make the most of exciting new opportunities in your professional and personal life.

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    The Journey Beyond Fear (2021) by John Hagel III is a thought-provoking exploration of overcoming fear to unlock our true potential. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It offers a fresh perspective on fear, encouraging readers to embrace it as a catalyst for growth and transformation.
    • Through real-life stories and practical advice, the book provides actionable steps to navigate uncertainty and embrace change.
    • With its deep insights into human behavior and the power of mindsets, it challenges readers to rethink their approach to fear and achieve personal and professional breakthroughs.

    Who should read The Journey Beyond Fear?

    • Business people looking for motivation, inspiration or direction
    • People who want to overcome fear to achieve their full potential
    • Anyone interested in the opportunities offered by learning platforms

    About the Author

    John Hagel III is a business strategist based in Silicon Valley, and the founder of the company Beyond Our Edge. He was formerly a partner at Deloitte, and he also worked with McKinsey & Company and Boston Consulting Group. Hagel has written several books on business, including The Power of the Pull.

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    The main message of The Journey Beyond Fear is to embrace uncertainty and push past fear to unlock personal growth and fulfillment.

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    The Journey Beyond Fear is worth reading as it offers insights and strategies to navigate fear and achieve personal transformation.

    Who is the author of The Journey Beyond Fear?

    The author of The Journey Beyond Fear is John Hagel III.

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