Trusting Opportunity Over Fear with John Hagel (Episode #76)

When you operate with an opportunity-based narrative over a fear-based one, you can move beyond fear to instead view new things with hope and excitement. This is the message of John Hagel, a Silicon Valley management consultant, entrepreneur, speaker, and author who for 40 years has been driven by a desire to help people and organizations around the world take advantage of new possibilities in this rapidly changing world. Listen in to take a journey beyond fear and change your mindset about new situations you face.

Episode Highlights


About Our Guest

In addition to his new book, The Journey Beyond Fear, John is the author of 7 others, including The Power of Pull, Net Gain, Net Worth, Out of the Box, and The Only Sustainable Edge. He is widely published and quoted in major business publications including The Economist, Fortune, Forbes, Business Week, Financial Times, and Wall Street Journal.

He has won two awards from Harvard Business Review for best articles in that publication and has been recognized as an industry thought leader by a variety of publications and institutions, including the World Economic Forum and Business Week.

Let’s dive into John’s outlook about trusting opportunities over fear!

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Show Notes

[00:01 – 7:15] Opening Segment

  • I introduce John Hagel
    • Bio 
  • John shares his background and story.
    • Silicon Valley.
    • The decision to leave his work and start a new company.
    • Seeking ways to overcome fear.
    • Help people to find passion and opportunity.
    • How to run our lives with less fear.
    • The author of 8 books.

[09:29 – 31:33] The Three Pillars

  • The need to help people to acknowledge their fear.
  • Johns explains the three pillars.
  1. Narrative.
  • The distinction between narrative and story.
  • Narratives at multiple levels.
    • Personal narrative: It’s led by threat or opportunity.
    • E.g. work environment.
  • Power of emotion.      
    • Focus on what excites you. 
  • Call to action to others.                                 
    • Asking for help is seen as a weakness sign.
  • Express your vulnerability and build trust.
  • The role of news media: Political environment.
  1. Passion.
  • The passion of the explorer.
  • Despite diversity, every person has a specific form of passion.                             
    • Increasing impact, excitement, asking for help.
  • We need to discover our potential and the need for passion.
  • What pandemic has brought.                            
    • People are motivated to step back and reflect.
  • More people are choosing to start their own businesses.
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[31:34 –  48:10]  Trusting Opportunity Over Fear

  • John talks about the importance of shifting the focus away from the past to the future.
  • It’s necessary to do a call to action to people in order to achieve the impact you want.
  1. Learning: Notion of platforms.
  • The need to create new knowledge.
  • Design a platform that helps people to come together, learn faster, and achieve impact.
    • Amplify the passion that people have.
  • The benefit of diversity.
  • Zoom On and Zoom Out concept.
  • A concept used in the corporate field.
  • It builds excitement in the workforce. 
  • Going back to fear and emotions.
  • Identify really inspiring big opportunities in the future.
  • Overcome the skepticism 
  • Showing real impact and progress in opportunities.
    • Overcoming fear and building excitement.
  • The sense of direction.
  • Where do you want to go?
  • What movements can take you to achieve that goal?

[48:11 – 53:47] Closing Segment

  • Build narrative: Opportunity-based thinking.
    • The sense of belonging.
    • Discovering together.
    • The impact group: 3 to 15 people to create a trust and space relationship.
  • More hope and less fear in our lives.
  • How to connect with John and his work    
    • Links below 
  • Give a review and rating, and share this episode with others
  • Final announcements

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