This Is How Jonathan Fields Faces the Unknown

UPDATED: April 13, 2020
PUBLISHED: June 19, 2017

Recalling a scary business venture during 9/11, Jonathan Fields decodes the power of mystery, and why the unknown can either be alluring or completely unhinging.

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Fields didn’t know how the attack would impact his business. But to make anything work, you have to find enjoyment in intense mystery, he says. In the same way that crime shows ensnare us, we need to be just as spellbound by our creative ventures—even when the stakes are high.

“Mystery plus high stakes, for most of us, destroys us. But here’s the thing. You cannot do anything worth doing in life without mystery and high stakes. Because stakes plus mystery equals possibility and impact.” —Jonathan Fields

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Running time: 19:48

Filmed April 2017 at SUCCESS Live in Dallas

Jonathan Fields is a husband, author and entrepreneur. He is the founder of the Good Life Project.