Unstuck in Action: Fearless choices

Name:  Keaton Brownstead

Age: 20

Location: Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY

Home life: Lives in a campus dorm, serving as a full-time resident assistant

Occupation: Beginning his junior year of undergraduate study with a double major in economics and religious studies

Interests: Technology, camping, hiking, disc golf, bicycle racing

How did you hear about the Unstuck app?
“It came up on my Genius list for the app store. It sounded interesting and I gave it a download, but I didn’t use it right away.

“To be honest, the whole concept sounded silly. If I can’t figure things out on my own, how can I expect an app to do that for me? But the point I was at, I thought surely anything is better than what I have been doing, so I decided to give it a try.”

What were you stuck on?
“I have a lot of irons in a lot of different fires: Freelance writing, blogging, I’m part of a couple different city organizations. Basically, I had so many opportunities, but I had no idea what I eventually wanted to pursue as a career.

“Over the past 9 months, I’ve been trying to figure that out, but I would end up not making a choice. The fear is that it would exclude all the other things I have going on. I don’t feel like I’m living up to my potential if I’m not doing as much as I can at once.”

What were your thoughts after using the app?
“It told me I was an Idle Achiever — that I have so many options and so many ideas, I’m apprehensive about doing any. After reading that, I realized that I need to get over that looming fear, that choosing to go in one direction isn’t an exclusive choice because it opens opportunity.  

“I definitely ate my words. I didn’t want to buy into it too much at first, so I went to a couple of trusted colleagues and told them where I’m at, what the app said, and asked them to verify. I got all positive affirmations.”

Would you use the app again?
“It’s going to be great tool when I counsel my residents! I don’t think it’s something for a cosmic crisis, but if I’m working on a project, trying to figure out the next best steps forward, or struggling in the writing and creative process, yes, I will use it.”

How do you know when you’re stuck?
“Usually it’s when I ask myself the question: ‘Okay what do I do next?’ and I draw a blank.

What’s it like to get unstuck?
“I feel relieved and enlightened.”

If you could change one thing about Unstuck, it would be:
“Given my skeptical nature, it would be nice to have some links describing how the process works and why it gives you the results it does.”

If you would like to be interviewed for the Unstuck in Action series, contact us at ideas@unstuck.com.

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