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Monday Feb 27, 2023
Monday Feb 27, 2023
We all face uncertainty at some point in our lives. But do we embrace it or resist it? Our thoughts about uncertainty and ambiguity shape the actions we take when we are faced with change. If we reframe how we view uncertainty, we can rewrite the story we tell ourselves.
“The way we describe something to ourselves and others, shapes how we think, decide and act.”
Our guests on this episode are the most delightful husband and wife team, Nathan Furr and Susannah Harmon Furr who have written a fantastic book together, “The Upside of Uncertainty: A Guide to Finding Possibility in the Unknown”.
Ironically recording this episode has been plagued with uncertainty. Our first attempt, last summer, was bugged with audio issues, and since then we have faced a number of technical glitches. When we finally got a chance to sit down and re-record an interview with them recently, it unfortunately fell at a time that our own Tim Houlihan was unable to join the conversation due to illness. So Kurt Nelson embraced the uncertainty and flew solo on this interview!
We learn from Nathan and Susannah about the types of uncertainty and some of the tools that they have devised to overcome those periods of our lives when everything seems unsure. We know you’ll take away a lot from this discussion, and we encourage you to also read their book which is packed full of useful advice.
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(2:25) Welcome and speed round questions.
(8:20) How achievers step into uncertainty.
(11:05) Planned uncertainty vs. unplanned uncertainty.
(14:30) Uncertainty and possibility are two sides of the same coin.
(21:32) Some of the tools to overcome uncertainty.
(27:54) The possibility quotient.
(33:22) How do uncertainty balancers counteract the unknown?
(36:09) Why we should take more risks with options that inspire us.
(39:32) Breaking down big uncertainties into small steps.
(44:31) Don’t wait until all the pieces are in place.
(47:36) The sustaining tools to help when you need a boost.
(50:38) How emotional hygiene can help you face the ups and downs of uncertainty.
(52:43) The UP School.
(55:13) The musical experience that changed Nathan’s life.
(1:00:54) Grooving Session with Kurt on grabbling with uncertainty.
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Nathan and Susannah’s book “The Upside of Uncertainty: A Guide to Finding Possibility in the Unknown”: https://amzn.to/3ZiuXBv
UP School: https://www.theupsideofuncertainty.com/learn
Buckminster Fuller: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckminster_Fuller
Reconstructed Living Labs (RLabs): https://rlabs.org/
Guy Winch, emotional hygiene: https://www.ted.com/talks/guy_winch_why_we_all_need_to_practice_emotional_first_aid?language=en
Vincenzo Lamagna’s adaption of Giselle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27lgUp_FboE&ab_channel=VariousArtists-Topic
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