The Thermostat Season 2 Ep 2: Dare to Begin

Success and impact only arrive after we’ve dared to begin. Beginning requires courage, vision, and action to move things forward. And, daring isn’t a one-time act. What do you need to dare to begin next?


0:49 – “All glory comes from daring to begin” – Eugene Ware. Jason introduces the episode with a recap of season 2 episode 1 and the thoughts and messages for this episode.

2:45 – Put yourself out there and go outside of your comfort zone by daring to begin. Discomfort creates beginnings and requires courage to move outside of the norm in order to seek that growth and learning.

4:20 – If you want to execute you have to finish but often things don’t get finished if we don’t dare to begin first. Nothing exists until someone dares to begin. Jason goes through what successful people of all industries and abilities do to begin and it takes a moment of courage.

5:30 – Jason tells stories about Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps and Apple founder Steve Jobs.

7:18 – How did Jason get started? How did he write books and consulting around the world? Jason shares how he began and the thought process that leads him to what he does today. The writing of his first book really started a new chapter (no pun intended) in Jason’s life.

10:32 – The question is, are you going to dare to begin today? Jason talks about what daring to begin means and how it can happen each day. When things are great and wonderful, how are you going to dare to begin and get out of your comfort zone?

12:20 – This is your helpful nudge forward at this New Year. Questions to ponder:

    1. What do you want to dare to begin?

    2. What relationships need your next actions?

    3. What’s the next dare for you? What dares are needed in your life, your career?

    4. How will you dare to begin again tomorrow?

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A thermostat is proactive. It sets the temperature in a room. Controls the temperature. Regulates the temperature. But in today’s distracted, fast-paced and digital world, it’s easy for individuals and organizations to act more like thermometers, slipping into reactionary thinking, becoming scattered and inconsistent. The most compelling leaders, teams, organizations, families or collection of humans of any kind operate in thermostat mode. They calibrate their mind and heart to set the temperature for the vision and culture they want to create. Jason Barger, globally celebrated author, keynote speaker and founder of Step Back Leadership Consulting, is the host of The Thermostat, a podcast journey to discover authentic leadership, create compelling cultures and find clarity of mission, vision and values.