Be Fearless - Jean Case

Be Fearless - Jean Case
About This Book
1) Make a Big Bet
4) Reach Beyond Your Bubble
3) Make Failures Matter
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Be Fearless
5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose
Simon & Schuster
January 8, 2019
Jean Case
the first female Chairman of the National Geographic Society in its 131-year history and CEO of the Case Foundation, is a businesswoman, philanthropist, investor, and internet and impact investing pioneer who advocates for the importance of embracing a more fearless approach to innovate and bring about transformational breakthroughs.
Big Bet
= An audacious plan
Defies common assumptions
Grabs people's attention
People who've made big bets
John F. Kennedy
Promised on national TV that humans would set foot on the moon within the decade
Elon Musk
Promised that we would set foot on Mars by 2030
The problem
Many people get frustrated with situations/problems,
but they are told that "that's just the way it is"
They don't believe that they have the power to make a change
They are afraid
What you can do
Question assumptions
Peek around the corner
See what the future holds
2) Be a Bold Risk-Taker
Greatness doesn't happen by being comfortable
You need to embrace risk if you want
to make a big change in the world
Be bold
Be fearless
Take risks
Embrace the risk inherent in being a trailblazer
Inspiring trailblazer
Eliza Scidmore
First female board member of the National Geographic Society in 1892
Part of Oberlin College's first graduating class that allowed women
In 1885, she boarded a ship to Alaska - 75 years before it became part of the US
Became the first female writer and photographer for National Geographic Magazine
All of this while being a single mom of two
The most common regret people have
isn't that they chose to do something risky;
it's rather that they chose to play it safe
Many of the big game-changers
see failure as a good thing
"If you want to increase your success rate,
double your failure rate." - IBM Founder Thomas J. Watson
"Failure is success in progress." - Albert Einstein
Failures are an integral part of the
process that ultimately leads to success
What you can do
Make failures matter!
Keep your eye on the bigger picture
Think long-term
In order to truly understand what's going
on in the world, you need to venture outside
The best solutions to problems are
often found in unusual places
Get rid of blind spots and biases you may have
What you can do
Look beyond your bubble
Eliminate blind spots
Forge unlikely partnerships