Using Fear as Fuel

Patrick Sweeney

Fear Guru, Adventurer, and Speaker

There are times in your life when you need to make a change. Often it starts with a shift in mindset, then actions follow. Those times of change become milestone moments that alter everything and you’re never the same again. That moment came for Patrick Sweeney minutes after almost losing his life against a rare case of Leukemia. For years, Patrick had worked hard building technology companies and earning millions. He’d reached the pinnacle of success, but he wasn’t happy, authentic or courageous.


Like many people looking for self-esteem and confidence he turned to sport. Patrick took on the world in his 20’s training for the USA Olympic team in rowing, and then when he still felt empty he took on the business world in his 30’s and 40’s trying to reach 40 by 40 -a net worth of $40 million by 40 years old, thinking it would build confidence and courage. But it didn’t.


In one moment, Patrick walked away. He’d just fought for his life on an operating table against a rare case of leukemia. In that moment of perspective as he stood outside the hospital, he decided to fight the fear of the unknown and embrace a different future. One that would bring fulfillment, joy and happiness. What he discovered was life-changing.


The Mindset Shift That Changed His Life


In that moment, Patrick unlocked confidence, courage and a new passion for adventure. As he systematically faced all the things he feared and avoided for over 30 years, he unlocked greater levels of success and happiness in his own life. He wondered why and started meeting neuroscientists at Harvard, M.I.T., NYU, Tufts, Stanford and many other top institutions. Out of that research over six years came the start of a fear framework. Today, courage is Patrick’s superpower! He climbs mountains, breaks world records and travels the world speaking on using fear for peak performance and unlocking courage. His mission: help thousands of people make amazing transformations.


From Olympic level athlete turned tech entrepreneur to full time adventurer and fear guru, Patrick Sweeney is a testimony to the power of fear and focus through science. A power you, too, can harness!

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4:00 – Patrick’s background and how he began to harness the power of his mindset


6:30 – The core elements of fear that hold people back


9:40 – When you play the victim, there always has to be a villian


10:35 – “If-Then” statements do not work


11:40 – The science behind Fight, Flight, or Freeze


13:30 – Training/preparation of athletes vs. embracing the fear of unknown in competition/life


16:45 – The Success Formula


18:45 – The importance of doing something that scares you every day


20:30 – “Are your affairs in order?”


23:20 – The encounter that led Patrick to start looking at neuroscience behind fear


26:30 – The physiological response to fear


30:40 – Flipping the switch between courage and fear


35:00 – Overcoming fear utilizing visualization


39:45 – Learn to manage the chaos


41:00 – How Patrick’s book Fear is Fuel came to be

When you have a victim mindset, life happens TO you. When you are a creator of your own life, life happens BY you.
When we default to defense, we the lose the opportunity that comes in the present.

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