The Fear Project A new book exploring life's most primal emotion

Archive for October, 2012
Into the great Unknown
Into the great Unknown

I’m honored today to introduce a very talented writer you’ll be hearing from a lot more on The Fear Project, Leslie Kerby. I met Leslie a few years ago when she interviewed me for her thesis. I was immediately struck by how confident and ambitious she was — not to mention what a talented writer. […]

Reclaiming Halloween
Reclaiming Halloween

Halloween has never been my favorite holiday. I remember loving the day as a three-year-old (pro baseball player) and a four-year-old (pro football player). But at five, tragedy struck. The previous years had been so truly awesome, I could hardly contain my excitement that mom was making me a robot costume out of shoe boxes […]

Fear — the ultimate motivator
Fear — the ultimate motivator

One of the stars of The Fear project book is adventure swimmer, Jamie Patrick, a man who continually inspires me to go into my greatest fears and see what’s on the other side. Below, he writes about his scariest time in life and how he dug himself out. To read more about Jamie’s incredible adventures […]

Never Waste a Good Crisis
Never Waste a Good Crisis

Whenever there’s a hurricane Katrina, a 2008 market crash, or a Deepwater Horizon oil spill, pundits hammer the point that we can’t waste this tragedy. We have to use our collective fear, anger, and hope as motivation to prevent such and such disaster from ever happening again. Social Security was borne of the Great Depression, […]

Fighting Fear
Fighting Fear

(Mark Mathews Self Portrait) In The Fear Project, I profile a handful of the most of the most accomplished action adventure athletes alive: skydivers, cave-divers, big-wave surfers, skiers, and a UFC fighters. I wanted to know the science behind what made these people tick, but I couldn’t help getting enthralled in their personal stories. One […]

Hey Shame and Death — “Go F&#@ Yourself”
Hey Shame and Death — “Go F&#@ Yourself”

Dr. Arnie Kozak has an aphorism for you that you probably won’t hear from your average psychotherapist: “Freedom from fear is nothing more than telling shame and death to go fuck themselves.” A psychologist, author, mindfulness teacher, and snowboarder, Dr. Kozak has been a great influence on my work, and I was honored to get […]