Be Fearless - Jean Case (Book Summary)

This mind map summarizes the key takeaways of the book "Be Fearless". Author Jean Case - a philanthropist, investor, and technology pioneer - brings to life the five 'Be Fearless' principles common to the people and organizations that change the world.

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1. About This Book

1.1. Title

1.1.1. Be Fearless

1.1.2. 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose

1.2. Published

1.2.1. Simon & Schuster

1.2.2. 2019

1.3. Author

1.3.1. Jean Case

1.3.1.1. Jean Case is a philanthropist, investor, and the first female Chairman of the National Geographic Society.

1.3.1.2. @Jeancase

1.3.1.3. Book website

1.4. Get it on Amazon

2. Jean Case: "Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose" (3/10/19)

3. 1) Make a Big Bet

3.1. Big Bet

3.1.1. = An audacious plan

3.1.2. Defies common assumptions

3.1.3. Grabs people's attention

3.2. People who've made big bets

3.2.1. John F. Kennedy

3.2.1.1. Promised on national TV that humans would set foot on the moon within the decade

3.2.2. Elon Musk

3.2.2.1. Promised that we would set foot on Mars by 2030

3.3. The problem

3.3.1. Many people get frustrated with situations/problems, but they are told that "that's just the way it is"

3.3.1.1. They don't believe that they have the power to make a change

3.3.1.2. They are afraid

3.4. What you can do

3.4.1. Question assumptions

3.4.2. Peek around the corner

3.4.3. See what the future holds

4. 2) Be a Bold Risk-Taker

4.1. Greatness doesn't happen by being comfortable

4.2. You need to embrace risk if you want to make a big change in the world

4.2.1. Be bold

4.2.2. Be fearless

4.2.3. Take risks

4.2.3.1. Embrace the risk inherent in being a trailblazer

4.3. Inspiring trailblazer

4.3.1. Eliza Scidmore

4.3.1.1. First female board member of the National Geographic Society in 1892

4.3.1.2. Part of Oberlin College's first graduating class that allowed women

4.3.1.3. In 1885, she boarded a ship to Alaska - 75 years before it became part of the US

4.3.1.4. Became the first female writer and photographer for National Geographic Magazine

4.3.1.5. All of this while being a single mom of two

4.4. The most common regret people have isn't that they chose to do something risky;

4.4.1. it's rather that they chose to play it safe

5. 3) Make Failures Matter

5.1. Many of the big game-changers see failure as a good thing

5.1.1. "If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate." - IBM Founder Thomas J. Watson

5.1.2. "Failure is success in progress." - Albert Einstein

5.2. Failures are an integral part of the process that ultimately leads to success

5.3. The unexpected benefit of celebrating failure | Astro Teller

5.4. What you can do

5.4.1. Make failures matter!

5.4.2. Keep your eye on the bigger picture

5.4.2.1. Think long-term

6. 4) Reach Beyond Your Bubble

6.1. In order to truly understand what's going on in the world, you need to venture outside

6.1.1. Get rid of blind spots and biases you may have

6.2. The best solutions to problems are often found in unusual places

6.3. What you can do

6.3.1. Look beyond your bubble

6.3.2. Eliminate blind spots

6.3.3. Forge unlikely partnerships

7. 5) Let Urgency Conquer Fear

7.1. One way of bypassing your fear is to let urgency take over in times of crises

7.1.1. When you find yourself with your back against the wall, your adrenaline kicks in

7.1.2. Give into your instinctual response during those times

7.1.3. Seize the moment

7.2. If you look at what's going on in the world, you'll likely find a problem you're passionate about

7.2.1. Use this passion to your advantage and do something

7.3. Don't overthink yourself into action - just do it!

7.3.1. The more time you spend thinking things through, the more paralyzed you get with uncertainty, confusion and exhaustion

7.3.2. Sure, there may be issues you'll have to deal with, but you can address those later

7.4. Don't wait for the perfect conditions to be in place before taking action

7.4.1. You don't have to take a huge leap in order to get involved - you can always break it down into a series of smaller steps instead of facing one big goal