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How To Conquer FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)

Hey there!

I was having a conversation with a friend recently, and we were talking about how hard it is to keep with everything new – how it’s like a firehose of new stuff to be aware of, and how if you don’t keep up, you might be missing out on something awesome.

There’s actually a name for that – FOMO, or fear of missing out.

It’s a thing you don’t need to worry about needlessly. Here are some tips on how to conquer the beast that is FOMO:


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Hope this helps!

David

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6 Responses to How To Conquer FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)

  1. Linda January 23, 2019 at 6:51 pm #

    Not Knowing something that is crucial to your project, your process and your work, and being able to ask for help.
    Knowing how to ask for help. Sometimes I just don’t know the HOW, or even how to explain what the problem is.
    Technology I learnt in your ACX.Masterclass. Step by step as I learnt to read as a child. But when something new comes and changes things, my instincts aren’t enough to handle the situation. My Fear isn’t of Missing out , but fear of not knowing the questions to ask!!!!!!

    • Patricia Napolitano January 24, 2019 at 1:24 pm #

      Pretty much “ditto” for me. I don’t think “instinct” can help much with tech, because ,no matter how “intuitive” they say their programs are they are mostly random rules, and the rules change. The only way to learn tech, for me, is good old rote memory or having written “recipe” instructions. Learning most other things, even a new language, you can draw on past learning and comparisons. With tech, not so much.

  2. Alexandra Harrington January 23, 2019 at 9:19 pm #

    I definitely have experienced FOMO in many different ways, especially when I get overwhelmed with all of the things I want to learn and how I don’t have the time to do them all. One way of coping with this is dealing with the feeling of being overwhelmed. I chose not to think the thought “I’m overwhelmed” and rather focus on ONE thing that I want to learn. If I’m that invested in it, the overwhelming feeling goes away quickly and I feel accomplished!

  3. Veleka Gray January 24, 2019 at 4:47 am #

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  4. Stuart Gauffi January 24, 2019 at 5:12 am #

    Combining FOMO with a love of new tech can become a very expensive proposition! Interestingly, one of the antidotes is your recommendation to “go deep, not wide”. Adopt the attitude that you need to know something thoroughly before buying in, and it seriously tempers the number of things you’re willing to invest in with both time AND money. And the ones that win out become your areas of expertise that others envy.

  5. Patricia Napolitano January 24, 2019 at 1:16 pm #

    I love “deep, not wide”.
    I think I have a very good reason for FOMO – tech, especially social media. My low tech answer is to read books about it! I can navigate my computer ok, but don’t really understand how it works or how to use all the bells and whistles and accessories, and programs. I feel overwhelmed by the amount or e mail I get, and even more when you add social media.

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