I’ve been reading a lot of John Hagel’s work recently, appreciating both his writing style and more importantly, the ideas that he generously shares with the world. John’s new book, “The Journey Beyond Fear“, was published last week & is on my reading list.
In this blog post, John again outlines the three components of the “passion of the explorer” (he’s written and spoken extensively about this subject), & urges everyone to discover their own:
The passion of the explorer is something that we all have within us, waiting to be discovered and nurtured. If we want to make the journey beyond fear, we need to make the effort to find that passion and pursue it, not just on nights and weekends, but in our day jobs. It will help us to turn a world of mounting performance pressure into a world of exponentially expanding opportunity
John Hagel draws attention to the possibilities that always show up when we are able to continuously evolve our personal narratives, and acting on those along with others in ways that help us learn faster:
..most of us are pursuing personal narratives today that don’t provide a call to action for others to join us.
..if we’ve found a really exciting opportunity out in the future, we can become very motivated to ask for help from others and, if the opportunity is appropriately framed, it can motivate many to invest time and effort in addressing the opportunity. This helps us to get significant leverage and have far more impact than if we try to do it all by ourselves. If it’s a big opportunity that will take years to achieve, it can also help us to build long-term, trust-based relationships that will play a significant role in overcoming our fear.