From New York Times bestselling author and former Navy SEAL Brandon Webb comes a simple yet powerful five-step guide to transforming your life by making your fears work for you instead of against you.
Brandon Webb has run life-threatening missions in the world's worst trouble spots, whether that meant jumping out of airplanes, taking down hostile ships on the open sea, or rolling prisoners in the dead of night in the mountains of Afghanistan. As a Navy SEAL, he learned how to manage the natural impulse to panic in the face of terrifying situations. As media CEO and national television commentator, he has learned how to apply those same skills in civilian life.
Drawing on his experiences in combat and business, along with colorful anecdotes from his vast network of super-achiever friends from astronauts to billionaires, Webb shows how people from all walks of life can stretch and transcend their boundaries and learn to use their fears as fuel to achieve more than they ever thought possible. "Fear can be a set of manacles, holding you prisoner," writes Webb. "Or it can be a slingshot, catapulting you on to greatness."
The key, says Webb, is not to fight fear or try to beat it back, but to embrace and harness it. In the process, rather than being your adversary, your fear becomes a secret weapon that allows you to triumph in even the most adverse situations. In Mastering Fear, Webb and his bestselling coauthor John David Mann break this transformation down into five practical steps, creating a must-read manual for anyone looking for greater courage and mastery in their lives.
In this inspiring self-help book, entrepreneur and former Navy SEAL Webb (The Red Circle) and Mann (coauthor of The Go-Giver) skillfully direct readers on how to harness their fears and accomplish personal goals. Taking a matter-of-fact but empathetic tone, Webb revisits his challenging days in BUD/S (basic underwater demolition/SEAL training) and the resulting process for accomplishing goals he created for himself: decision, rehearsal, letting go, jumping off, and knowing what matters. He devotes a chapter to each step, using his own experiences good and bad as examples. For the first step, he draws a counterexample from his first, failed foray into business after leaving the military, which he entered into with partners he intuitively recognized were ill-suited, but chose to work with anyway thus teaching him about the importance of trusting intuition. Throughout each step, Webb writes, the most important consideration is managing the conversation in one's head: focusing on what will go right, not what could possibly go wrong, a maxim to which he attributes his success in getting SEAL trainees through the demanding sniper training program. Webb's encouraging central message about overcoming and making use of fear should improve the lives of those who take it to heart.Correction: An earlier version of this review misstated the title of a book John David Mann coauthored.