Patrick McGinnis | The Art Practical-Decision-Making with the The Venture Capitalist and Creator of the phrase FOMO

Show Notes

The venture capitalist and the man who is credited with having invented the phrase FOMO (fear of missing out) joins how to share super moves for making practical decisions in a world now filled with overwhelming choice.

NOTES: I’m a venture capitalist based in NYC, but I’m best known as the person who coined the term FOMO. My role as the creator of FOMO (and a related term FOBO, or Fear of a Better Option) has been highlighted in media outlets including: The New York Times, Politico, The Financial Times, The Guardian, and Inc.  I also gave a 2019 TED Talk on decision-making and I’m the host of FOMO Sapiens a podcast distributed by Harvard Business Review, about how leaders make tough decisions. 

  1. Patrick McGinnis, welcome onto the Thrivetime Show, how are you sir!?
  2. I know that you’ve had a ton of success at this point in your career, but I would love to start off at the bottom and the very beginning of your career. What was your life like growing up and where did you grow up?
  3. Georgetown Graduate:
    1. Allen Iverson
  4. Patrick McGinnis When did you first figure out what you wanted to do professionally?
  5. When did you first feel like you were truly beginning to gain traction with your career?
  6. So what inspired you to write your new book, “Fear of Missing Out Sapiens: Practical-Decision-Making in a World of Overwhelming Choice?”
  7. Patrick McGinnis Your book has been endorsed by folks like Arianna Huffington, Shawn Achor, Tony Hsieh, and Nir Eyal…why do you think your book is resonating with so many people?
  8. From your research, why are people so paralyzed by fear? (this book was written before the Coronavirus crisis)
    1. EXAMPLES: Whether you’re making major decisions in your life or your career or you’re trying to pick something to watch on Netflix. 
  9. In your book you write Fear of Missing Out Sapiens: Practical-Decision-Making in a World of Overwhelming Choice you write about it, but I would like to get your take on why choosing something requires you to have the courage to miss out on the rest?
  10. What is FOMO and what is FOBO?
    1. Fear of A Better Option
    2. Fear of Missing Out
  11. How does FOMO impact mental health, productivity, and financial well-being?
  12. How does FOMO and FOBO impact major world events?
    1. EXAMPLE: CoronaVirus
  13. You come across as a very proactive person…so how do you typically organize the first four hours of your and what time do you typically wake up?
  14. What are a few of your daily habits that you believe have allowed you to achieve success?
  15. Patrick McGinnis What mentor has made the biggest impact on your career thus far?
  16. What has been the biggest adversity that you’ve had to fight through during your career?
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