214 [BEST OF] Practical Decision Making with the Creator of The Terms FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and FOBO (Fear of a Better Option) Patrick McGinnis | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader


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In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Patrick McGinnis. Patrick coined the term FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and FOBO (Fear of a Better Option) while attending Harvard Business School. Patrick McGinnis is the author of two international bestsellers, including Fear of Missing Out: Practical Decision-Making in a World of Overwhelming Choice, and the host of the hit podcast FOMO Sapiens. In this conversation, Patrick McGinnis discusses why our need to be included can be overwhelming and what we can do to overcome it. He also talks about FOBO (Fear of a Better Option) and its adverse impacts on our mental health and the quality and speed of our decision-making.

Some Highlights:

- Patrick McGinnis on what led him to write about “FOMO” and “FOBO” while attending Harvard Business School

- How FOMO or the fear of missing out can be beneficial and destructive at the same time

- Patrick McGinnis on controlling the negative consequences of the Fear of Missing Out

- The common triggers of FOMO and how to manage the triggers

- Patrick McGinnis on overcoming FOMO at work

- Understanding the impact of the Fear of a Better Option (FOBO) on decision-making

- Patrick McGinnis on controlling the desire for optimization that leads to FOBO

Also mentioned in this episode:

- Carl Jung, psychiatrist, The wounded healer Archetype

- Rosa Parks, Civil Rights Leader

- Mahatma Gandhi, Leader of Indian Independence Movement

Books Mentioned:

- Fear of Missing Out: Practical Decision-Making in a World of Overwhelming Choice by Patrick McGinnis

- System Failure by Joe Zieja

- Backable: The Surprising Truth Behind what Makes People Take a Chance on You by Carlye Adler and Suneel Gupta

- Life Is in the Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age by Bruce Feiler

- The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor

- Flourish by Martin Seligman

- Lost in the Valley of Death: A Story of Obsession and Danger in the Himalayas by Harley Rustad

- The Way of Integrity: Finding the Path to Your True Self by Martha Beck

- Entrepreneurial You: Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Income Streams, and Thrive by Dorie Clark

- Ask for More: 10 Questions to Negotiate Anything by Alexandra Carter

- Wanting: The Power of Mimetic Desire in Everyday Life by Luke Burgis

- The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz

- Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

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Patrick McGinnis on LinkedIn

Patrick McGinnis on Instagram

Patrick McGinnis on Twitter

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