Be Fearless: Summary Review

This is a summary review of Be Fearless containing key details about the book.

What is Be Fearless About?

Be Fearless is a research-based call to action for those seeking to live extraordinary lives and bring about transformational change. Weaving together storytelling, practical tips, and inspiration, the book will teach you how to put the five fearless principles to work so that you too can spark the sorts of remarkable breakthroughs that can impact the world. The 5 principles for being fearless are to 1. Make a Big Bet; 2. Be a bold risk-taker; 3. Make failures matter; 4. Reach beyond your bubble; 5. Let urgency conquer fear.

Who is the author of Be Fearless?

Jean Case is an American businesswoman, author, and philanthropist who is chair of the board of National Geographic, CEO of Case Impact Network, CEO of the Case Foundation.

How long is Be Fearless?

  • Print length: 272 pages

What genre is Be Fearless?

Business, Self Help, Nonfiction

What are the main summary points of Be Fearless?

Here are some key summary points from Be Fearless:

  • Takeaway 1: Make Big Bets, which are bold statements and initiatives that, at the time, seem impossible, but, with the creators drive and persistence become a reality. Big Bets get their start by defying assumptions. For example, Elon Musk has made the Big Bet of getting us to Mars by 2030. Big bets can also help you see what the future holds. Remember, big things have small and humble beginnings.
  • Takeaway 2: Be a bold risk-taker; Change, great things, adventures, and the like very rarely happen within your comfort zone. To be great, you need to embrace risk, take advantage of other people’s work, and say yes to taking bold chances.
  • Takeaway 3: Make failures matter. Reframe how you view failure and throw a celebration when one of your projects has failed. It is not the end, but an opportunity. Use the lessons failure gives you to recalibrate and progress. Be open to new ideas and possibilities. As IBM founder Thomas J. Watson once said, "if you really want to succeed, you should double your rate of failure." A good example of this: The X lab scientist Astro Teller actively try to bring a project down by proving its central conceit wrong. If he can’t, then he knows there’s a good chance he has a brilliant idea. As Albert Einstein once said, “Failure is success in progress.”
  • Takeaway 4: Let urgency overpower fear. When your back is against the wall, this is when adrenaline kicks in and you can find yourself doing bold things. If you look at what’s going on around you, you’ll likely find a crisis or a big challenge that makes you passionate in wanting to take action.
  • Takeaway 5: Don’t overthink yourself into inaction – just do it. You don't need to take massive steps to create great change. Focus on small incremental bounds and don't get caught in analysis paralysis.

What are good quotes from Be Fearless?

1. Make a Big Bet. So many people and organizations are naturally cautious. They look at what seemed to work in the past and try to do more of it, leading to only incremental advances. Every truly history-making transformation has occurred when people have decided to go for revolutionary change.

2. Be bold, take risks. Have the guts to try new, unproven things, and the rigor to continue experimenting. Risk-taking is not a blind leap off a cliff but a lengthy process of trial and error. And it doesn’t end with the launch of a product or the start of a movement. You need to be willing to risk the next big idea, even if it means upsetting your own status quo.

3. Make failure matter. Great achievers view failure as a necessary part of advancing toward success. No one seeks it out, but if you’re trying new things, the outcome is by definition uncertain. When failure happens, great innovators make the setback matter, applying the lessons learned, and sharing them with others.

4. Reach beyond your bubble. Our society is in thrall to the myth of the lone genius. But innovation happens at intersections. Often the most original solutions come from engaging with people with diverse experiences to forge new and unexpected partnerships.

5. Let urgency conquer fear. Don’t overthink and overanalyze. It’s natural to want to study a problem from all angles, but getting caught up in questions like “What if we’re wrong?” and “What if there is a better way?” can leave you paralyzed with fear. Allow the compelling need to act to outweigh all doubts and setbacks. These five principles can be summarized in two words: Be Fearless.”

"Putting aside 1 percent of their budget for special projects to test out a new idea. In this way, risk stops being scary”

― Jean Case, Be Fearless
 

What are the chapters in Be Fearless?

Chapter 1: Start right where you are
Chapter 2: Be Audacious
Chapter 3: Burse Through Assumptions
Chapter 4: Peek around corners
Chapter 5: Now Go, Make Your Big Bet
Chapter 6: Get Uncomfortable
Chapter 7: Embrace Risk as R&D
Chapter 8: Pick Up Where others Left Off
Chapter 9: Risk or Regret
Chapter 10: Now Go, Find the "Courage Zone"
Chapter 11: Crash and Learn
Chapter 12: Fail in the footsteps of Giants
Chapter 13: Beat the Odds
Chapter 14: Taking the Long View
Chapter 15: Now Go, Learn from Failure

Is Be Fearless worth reading?

The majority of customer reviews on leading review sites are positive. Here's what some reviewers had to say about the book:

"If you feel stuck in your career, Case’s principles are the answer! The book is packed with inspiring examples of success stories." - Focus Magazine

"Be Fearless by Jean Case is the culmination of years of research at the Case Foundation. With a diverse career ranging from technology, to National Geographic and now the Case Foundation, Case has observed what it takes to shake things up. With steps to take and inspiring stories Be Fearless, is the inspirational book you have been looking for."

* Key sources: LibraryThing, Amazon, Wikipedia

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