The Book Club

A place to learn and grow alongside ambitious minds.

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"I find that it is only the little, narrow people who live for themselves, who never read good books, who never open up their souls..."

Booker T. Washington

"Books break the shackles of time. They are proof that humans are capable of working magic."

Carl Sagan

"A room without books is like a body without a soul."

Marcus Tullius Cicero

"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one."

George R.R. Martin

A Tribe of Inquisitive Minds

"My mother instilled a love of reading in me from an early age. Reading has taken me time traveling through history, visiting other countries, and feeds my love of learning... A recent job interview question was "What's the last book that you read?" which drives home the point that leaders are always well read.”

Hillary Blackburn

Author, How Pharmacists Lead

"Read books to steal time. Invest a few of your hours to get back years of someone else's experience. There's little better when it comes to the ultimate finite resource."

Grant Starrett

Attorney & Author, GrantReadsBooks.com

"Books allow us to tap into the ageless wisdom recorded by mankind — expediting the knowledge process and empowering the individual to pursue a meaningful, purpose driven  life. Books have given me the education to pursue virtue, excellence, leadership, stillness, compassion, and kindness to others."

Giovanni Triana

Business Development, Stephen Gould Corporation

this month's host

“I think charitable givers – young and old – often make two common mistakes. One is our failure to get started at all. That happens when we aren’t sure how to begin, where to give, or why we are giving in the first place. The other mistake is to plunge right in without a plan or direction, merely giving to whatever charitable request crosses our transom. This is why I like Giving Smart: Philanthropy that Gets Results. The book offers a useful road-map for donors ready to take a more strategic approach to their giving, whether that’s giving a little or giving a lot. It’s a simple, practical guide for anyone who wants to do some good in the world with their dollars.”

Peter Lipsett
Vice President, DonorsTrust

Book Club Archives

Give Smart: Philanthropy That Gets Results

November

2021

The Intention Experiment

October

2021

Atomic Habits

September

2021

Start With Why

August

2021

The Alchemist

July

2021

Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly do I get from joining the Book Club?

Each month, our community will read a book together. Each week, all members of the book club will receive a short email summarizing each "quarter" of the book, along with some questions to consider. We will encourage all members of the Fearless Journeys community to join us for an interactive discussion on our community Slack page. The book club is included for all members of the community, beginning with the Start Up level ($99 annual membership).

Members who are at least at the Collaborator level ($249 annual membership) are invited to join us for a live session each month (one session per book), via Zoom. The conversation will be focused on the key takeaways from the book, guided by an author or Featured Innovator. You will also have the opportunity to come "on camera" into the book club Zoom room and have a fun, interactive discussion each month with the featured innovator and other members of the community.

Will the books be included?

All members will be required to purchase their own books, so they can read them in whatever format is best for them. This also allows us to keep the costs of membership low. If we had to purchase 12 books a year for everyone in the community, we would have to proportionally raise the current membership rates.

Are we required to read a book every month?

Of course not! However, we do think the more you read, the more you learn and the more you grow. We encourage you to strive to read at least 10 pages of a book each day. If you are able to keep that daily pace, you can easily read one book a month. We also know that being a part of the community will add an accountability factor and motivate you to read more books and be an active part of the book club.

When will we receive the list of books?

You will receive a 30-day advance notice of the next book, before you are expected to start reading it. We will also give you a 60-day advance notice of the live monthly Zoom session associated with that book. This will be a session guided by the author or one of the Featured Innovators of the Fearless Journeys community, who will guide us through that book's discussion.

What if we are not available for the scheduled live session?

We will offer you a private recording of the session, as long as the author or Featured Innovator does not have any conflict.

Did we miss your question? Drop us a line and we will
get back within 48 hours.

Two Ways to Grow With Us

Start-up

Gain access to the Fearless Journeys Book Club online discussion board, featuring discussion questions and community conversation about the book.

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Collaborator

In addition to the online discussion board, gain access to virtual calls each month with the host or author to discuss the book in real-time.

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Travel Fearlessly

Discover a new place. Meet new people. Reignite your sense of adventure.

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"Most entrepreneurial people I've encountered are travelers and it’s no wonder why. They have a passion for adventure and seek out ways to see the world differently.

There is no greater education than what travel provides. Possessions come and go but the memories of a journey to another place last a lifetime, helping us put our reason for being into proper context."

Francisco Gonzalez
Founder of Fearless Journeys
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Travel with Fearless Journeys

Plan your next great adventure with destination ideas, pro traveler trips, sample itineraries, and more.

World Traveler's Newsletter

Each month learn about a new adventure destination around the world. Visualize your trip with photos, videos, and blog posts from travelers who've gone before you.

Exclusive Group Trips

Qualify for exclusive, organized group trips each year. Go boldly to far-off destinations and form lifelong connections with other members from the Fearless Journeys community.

Countdown to the first Fearless Journeys group trip in Guatemala!

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Fearless Journeys Travel Blog

November 30, 2021
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Francisco Gonzalez

Join us in Guatemala April 2022

The Fearless Journeys group trip in Guatemala is April 2-9, 2022. Only 15 spaces available for unique insider experiences. 

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November 28, 2021
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Francisco Gonzalez

Recap: Group Trip to Guatemala

Our inaugural group trip gave our first Fearless Travelers an opportunity to discover a side of Guatemala too few have seen. 

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November 20, 2021
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Francisco Gonzalez

Day Trip to San Blas

The San Blas Islands off the coast of Panama is one of the greatest slices of paradise I’ve ever encountered. Remote, undeveloped, paradise!

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October 27, 2021
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Francisco Gonzalez

On Balboa's Path in Panama

Exploring Panama City's history & cuisine, we paid homage to Vasco Nunez de Balboa, the first European to reach the Pacific Ocean, by crossing the Isthmus of Panama in 1513. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I be invited on an exclusive Fearless Journeys group trip?

Members of the Fearless Journeys community who are at least at the Collaborator ($249 annual membership) level are invited on all the Fearless Journeys group trips, while spaces are available.

How can I reserve my space for a group trip?

After each group trip is announced, you can reserve your space with a deposit equal to 50% of the entirety of the group trip cost.

How expensive will the group trips be?

We plan to keep the prices affordable and bring you a unique experience that is priceless! In each location we travel to, we will interact with entrepreneurs on the ground and take part in experiences that can't be bought otherwise. Our connections run deep and we plan to make you a part of them. For most of our trips, we will include an all-inclusive price for lodging, transportation, visits to landmarks and attractions, and specific group meals. We will make you fully aware of your additional expenses, such as airfare from your particular departure point and any other meals or expenses we may not cover.

How often will group trips be offered?

In the inaugural year of the Fearless Journeys community, we plan to offer at least two group trips, for up to 20 people per trip.

Can't I just take a trip on my own, or with friends?

Yes, of course! In fact, all members of the Fearless Journeys community will be emailed a curated travel itinerary every month, each featuring a new destination. We always encourage you to travel more, even beyond your experiences with the Fearless Journeys community. Our group trips will be unique for the unmatched experiences, the amazing connections we'll make with local people on the ground, as well as the connections you will build with our Featured Innovators and other members of the Fearless Journeys community who you will travel alongside. Discovering a new place while making new friends is a memory we hope will last a lifetime. No one should have to take their journey alone. We will journey together.

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get back within 48 hours.

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Fearless Journeys is the only travel community for innovators dedicated to self-determination, leadership, and courage.

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Innovator's Community

Self-growth and innovation doesn’t happen in a vacuum—we need others to guide us, mentor us, and inspire us. Many brains, working together with a shared vision can set this world on fire.

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Tap into a Network of Rising Innovators & Founders

Be Fearless.

Everyone is afraid of something. Entrepreneurs must have courage to go forward despite the uncertainty that lies ahead. Rest assured, however—you will not have to take your journey alone. With the help of mentors, coaches, and supporters, you can keep pushing forward.

Who is this for?

The Seeker

For those yearning to begin their entrepreneurial venture, the Fearless Journeys community provides you with real stories of entrepreneurial beginnings, inspirational role models to learn from, and actionable insights to help you take your first steps on the path of entrepreneurship.

Tap into our community book club, weekly newsletters, and online community discussion tools to help you digest knowledge and interact with those who blazed their own trails before you. No college degree or prior work experience needed.

The Restless Leader

There are many who are a decade or more into their own careers in comfortable corporate, government, or nonprofit positions. Yet, the desire to do something more, to push our own boundaries burns deep within us.

Fearless Journeys can help you navigate this transition.

And for those who are already entrepreneurs, but want to explore a new venture or find collaborative partners, we can connect you with the right people get started.

The Lifelong Learner

For those who are retired or happy with their current careers, but yearn for a community filled with constant intellectual stimulation, look no further.

We have book clubs, online and in-person community meetups, and plenty of people and ideas to inspire and excite you. Your voice is not only welcomed, but needed. An axe always needs sharpening!

Innovator Spotlights

August 29, 2021
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Francisco Gonzalez

Greet Each Day With Love

Scroll II from Og Mandino really spoke to me this week, not just through the physical words of the book but what I was taught about love directly from a U.S.-born entrepreneurial chef in Guatemala and a medical doctor in Virginia whose work in Haiti is inspiring.

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June 9, 2021
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Francisco Gonzalez

Innovation Happens Together

Innovation is a process of constantly discovering ways to rearrange the world that are unlikely to arise by chance and that happen to be useful. However, no one innovates on their own. We need each other. And the world needs innovation to continue to thrive, prosper, and solve problems.

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Journey Together.

In the book The Alchemist, by Paul Coelho, a common refrain is preached: “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

No one takes their journey alone, no one grows alone, and no one succeeds alone. There are many who help us along the way. And, when you really want something, the universe will indeed help you to achieve it. This community is ready to be an active part of the universe for you.

Let us journey together.

Featured Innovators

Some of our innovators, eager to collaborate, share their knowledge, and mentor others.
View the full list here.

Jen Shultz

Founder and Leader of The Non-Nine-to-Five™

Eric Wind

Owner and Founder, Wind Vintage

Dan Lesniak

Real Estate Developer, Broker and Author

Rory Diamond

CEO, K9s For Warriors

J.B. Simmons

Author

Steve Bierfeldt

Life Coach

Aakash Patel

Founder, Elevate, Inc.

Mark Cleveland

CEO, Hytch

Alex Goryachev

Global Technology Executive & Author

Joe Clements

Co-Founder, Strategic Digital Services

Zak Slayback

Venture Capital professional; Principal, 1517 Fund

Houston Keen

Singer / Songwriter

Isaac Morehouse

Founder & CEO of Crash.co

John Morris

Founder, Wheelchair Travel

John Crossman

CEO, Crossman Career Builders

Adam Andrzejewski

CEO, Open the Books

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"Entrepreneurship can be a hard journey to take alone, but there’s safety in having many guides along the way. I wouldn’t be where I am without people who’ve helped me out over the years, and you gotta pay it forward."

allen walton
Founder & CEO, SpyGuy
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"Fearless Journeys is a needed voice in the conversation about how we create value, innovation, and advancement. I plan to add meaningfully and substantively to the conversationas we move ahead!"

George seay
CEO, Annandale Capital
1 / 3

“Innovation does not happen in a vacuum. It requires communication, diverse points of view and an honest, often challenging dialogue. I met Francisco through his podcast and have been a convert and a firm believer in his idea of Fearless Journeys ever since. I am excited to connect and partner with fellow change makers around the world."

alex goryachev
Author, Fearless Innovation
3 / 3

Membership Levels

Start-Up

$99 / year

Access to:

  • Community discussion boards
  • Community book club
  • Partnership & employment opportunities
  • Curated travel itineraries with new destinations monthly

Collaborator

$249 / year

Access to:

  • All benefits from Start-Up membership
  • Monthly live book club discussions
  • Fearless Journeys group  trips
  • One live group coaching session per year

Next Level
(Best Value)

$499 / year

Access to:

  • Collaborator membership benefits
  • Monthly live group coaching sessions with Featured Innovators
  • Complimentary book from the Fearless Journeys community of authors

Mastermind

$999 / year

Access to:

  • Next Level membership benefits
  • Private quarterly mastermind live sessions
  • Private on-boarding call with CEO
  • Private coaching session with a Featured Innovator of your choice

Annual membership required. Monthly payment options available.

Choose Your Membership Level

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I participate without becoming a paid member?

By signing up for our free newsletter, you will receive a monthly email with community news that includes the book we are reading each month and spotlights on our Featured Innovators that allow you to begin to understand who our role models are and what you could learn from them. In addition, you will be sent one short weekly email that can be read in just a few minutes, sharing inspirational "starting out" stories, actionable insights, and innovative perspectives from our Featured Innovators.

What happens after I sign up for one of the membership levels?

Once your payment is processed, you will receive a welcome email with instructions on how to log in to our private community on Slack. You will also get invitations to in-person and online events and meetups sent to you via email in conjunction with the appropriate membership benefits for which you subscribe.

How do I cancel my subscription?

While subscriptions can be paid annually or monthly, an annual membership is required. This is not a sprint—it's a journey. We want to make sure every member of our community gets a full experience and is committed for at least a year. With that said, you can cancel your membership at any time and your benefits will continue until your full year is realized.

How can I be invited on the exclusive Fearless Journeys group trips?

Only members who are at least at the Collaborator level ($249 annual membership) will receive invitations to exclusive trips for members of the Fearless Journeys community.

Did we miss your question? Drop us a line and we will get back within 48 hours.

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About Fearless Journeys

Fearless Journeys is a collaborative community for both aspiring and ascending entrepreneurs and travel enthusiasts. We are the only community that offers a blend of online and in-person experiences that connects passionate people from diverse fields and professions.

Our members participate in book clubs, online community meet-ups, coaching sessions with innovative role models, and discover new places and perspectives through curated travel experiences.

While many encounter the common fears and anxieties along the entrepreneur's path, we encourage and inspire you to keep pushing forward boldly along your journey.

Welcome to our community, where you do not have to take your journey alone.

Interested in sponsoring the Fearless Journeys Community? Contact us.

Our Founder

Francisco Gonzalez is the founder and CEO of Fearless Journeys.

As host of the Agents of Innovation podcast since 2015, Francisco has had engaging conversations with over 100 entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and artists. He is passionate about connecting people with role models, mentors, and stories of entrepreneurial journeys to learn from.

Born and raised in Florida, Francisco has traveled to 23 countries and 47 U.S. States. Through his journeys, he has learned that travel helps us get out of our comfort zone and allows us to see the world from a fresh perspective. It emboldens the mission of the innovative soul.

A student of history with degrees from Florida Atlantic University and the University of Maryland, Francisco has served in leadership roles for three nonprofit educational organizations. He is currently a visiting professor at the Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala City, where he teaches course on entrepreneurship and innovation.

Francisco is truly one of the great ones I have worked with during my 25-year career. It is rare to find someone as intellectual as Francisco that also deeply understands relationships. He is going to build his career over the years and during that time he will build the careers of everyone around because that is who he is.

john crossman
Author, Career Killers, Career Builders
Principal at Crossman Career Builders

Francisco has a distinctive talent for bringing together remarkable people from across industries and interests. Fearless Journeys is a powerful medium to connect entrepreneurs and doers while helping them reach their full potential.

Ben kohlmann
Engagement Manager
McKinsey & Company

Sometimes a single conversation or connection can change the trajectory of your life. Fearless Journeys provides a place where people can increase their "luck surface" and bump into more people and ideas that can unlock the difference between mediocrity and greatness.

isaac morehouse
Founder of Crash.co and discoverpraxis.com

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