Issue 103 - 06 | Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone: Taking Risks, Trusting your Gut and Becoming a Game Changer!

By John Wood
Published March 13, 2013 12:00 p.m.
“Wikipedia defines the term comfort zone as “a behavioral state within which a person operates in an anxiety-neutral condition, using a limited set of behaviors to deliver a steady level of performance, usually without a sense of risk.” This does not sound like a recipe for success, especially in a rapidly changing and uber-competitive world.

There was a time when the only types of people who took risks and voluntarily stepped out of their comfort zone were the high rollers who could afford to take a chance. Now, none of us can afford to NOT take risks. In business, you are asked to get out of your comfort zone time and time again. In today’s rapidly changing, tech-inundated world, getting out of your comfort zone has become a mandate for success.”

About John Wood | John Wood is a member of the Advisory Board of the Clinton Global Initiative. He was the first-ever Microsoft Alumni of the Year, an award bestowed by Bill and Melinda Gates. He is a five-time winner of Fast Company’s Social Capitalist Award, , and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and was given a Presidential Citation by the American Library Association. The local language children’s publishing program he catalyzed at Room to Read was awarded with UNESCO’s Confucius Prize for Literacy in 2011. He has twice been named by Barron’s magazine as one of the Worlds’s 25 Most Effective Philanthropists and was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

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