By: Niki Shadrow Snyder
- NS: Tell us about yourself and what you do? JF: I help people find opportunity in change. I’m the Editor In Chief of Entrepreneur magazine, host of three podcasts, book author, and more.
- NS: How did you personally move the needle in 2020? JF: This was a year of massive change. People felt lost, spun around, and unsure of what was in their control. So I stepped up to help them feel oriented. With my team at Entrepreneur, we doubled our efforts to offer a steady hand to people trying to control their own destiny. I reinvented my media products and social media to meet the moment, developed a book that will help people embrace change, and more.
- NS: How did you deal with the stress in the world in 2020? JF: Two ways. First, I found a clarity of purpose in my work. And two, I made sure I was stepping away from work regularly. I have a ton of responsibilities, as well as two small kids, so finding even little ways to get away were valuable. For example, I started taking regular bike rides in the middle of the day, something I’d never done before!
- NS: Do you have any advice for your younger self? JF: Don’t worry about the destination, because you can’t control it. All you can control is what you’re learning now, and whether you’re still in an environment where you can learn. Absorb everything you can, move on, repeat. That’s the path.
- NS: What did you do in 2020 that you’re most passionate about? JF: It’s happening as I write these words! Some projects I’ve spent a long time developing are about to become real. I can’t talk about them yet, but you’ll see them begin in 2021.
- NS: What was the worst part of 2020 for you? JF: Watching my 5-year-old son struggle with isolation. Those early days of the lockdown were very hard.
- NS: What was the best part of 2020 for you? JF: I’ve been juggling a lot of disparate projects these past few years, and in 2020 I figured out a way to bring them all together. You won’t really see it until 2021, but I have a lot lined up!
- NS: What does success mean to you? JF: Success means that I’m better than I was yesterday.
- NS: What causes are important to you? JF: Obviously, there are issues that concern and engage me along with so many others, equality, climate, and others. But here’s where my day-to-day work really aligns. I’m passionate about encouraging innovation and pushing back against people’s fears of the new. I thought the documentary The Social Dilemma was a low point of 2020, a hysterical piece of fearmongering that had no practical or constructive purpose. Our dialogue about technology and innovation has to become much smarter than this, and I’m working hard to foster that.
- NS: Do you think the world right now needs to be influenced by what they can get or what they can give in the middle of this pandemic? JF: Both. Obviously, we want everyone to be focused on how they can help others. But there’s nothing wrong with spotting opportunity in crisis, because that often means you’re identifying problems and figuring out solutions, and that’s what entrepreneurs do best.
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