Date: April 22, 2022
Sign on Time: 11:50 a.m.
Start Time: 12 p.m.
End Time: 1 p.m.
What are you really missing out on? You’re home on a Friday night, scrolling through Instagram, ready to go to bed.
You see pictures on your timeline of a party you were invited to, but didn’t go to. You were confident when you said no, but now you can’t stop thinking about it, and you start feeling worse.
You have FOMO, or, Fear of Missing Out.
Coined in a Harvard Business School article, FOMO has become a global term to describe the decimating anxiety when thinking other people are having better, more fulfilling, experiences than you are. It’s a natural, biological response, but that doesn’t make it feel any better. Amplified by the rise of social media, #FOMO has become a cultural crisis—so what’s the cure?
Patrick McGinnis, creator of the term FOMO, has been thinking about it for seventeen years—and he has a solution: decision-making. Learning to weigh the costs and benefits of your choices, prioritizing your decisions, and listening to your gut are central to silencing FOMO and its lesser-known cousin, FOBO: Fear of a Better Option. After all, don’t you want to feel comfortable and confident in your decisions?
Written with self-evaluations throughout the book, Fear of Missing Out: Practical Decision Making in a World of Overwhelming Choice helps you ascertain and eliminate the parts of your life that are causing more anxiety than happiness.
So give this a read, and then go to that party, start that new book, create a new goal—or don’t. Make that decision, and be confident in it: it’s the first of many of its kind.
Patrick J. McGinnis is a venture capitalist, speaker, writer, and the creator and host of the hit podcast FOMO Sapiens, which has surpassed 3 million downloads.
Patrick coined the term FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), as well as the related term FOBO (Fear of a Better Option) in a 2004 article in the student newspaper of Harvard Business School. FOMO has since been added to the dictionary and FOBO has become an increasingly popular framework to describe choice paralysis. His 2019 TED Talk on FOBO and decision-making has surpassed 1.5 million views.
Patrick is the author of two international bestsellers, The 10% Entrepreneur: Live Your Startup Dream Without Quitting Your Day Job, a guide to part-time entrepreneurship, and Fear of Missing Out: Practical Decision-Making in a World of Overwhelming Choice. His books have been translated into 15 languages.
He sits on the Steering Group of the Leadership Now Project and is a proud founding member of the Leadership Council at Sesame Workshop and is an avid fan of Grover, who is clearly the Muppet with the most FOMO.
A graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Business School, Patrick has visited more than one hundred countries and is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and French. He lives in New York City.