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Mastering Fear

John David Mann


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  • Hardcover
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PUBLISHED: 7th August 2018
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Publisher Description

Brandon Webb has jumped out of airplanes, served as a sniper under terrifying conditions, and piloted planes through dangerous turbulence. As a Navy SEAL, he learned how to manage his impulse to panic when facing frightening situations, and as a public speaker and entrepreneur, he learned how to apply those things in civilian life. When a friend admitted he was terrified of the water and couldn't swim, Brandon volunteered to help and learned that his techniques for mastering fear worked in that case, too.

It's impossible to prevent fear, but it is possible to harness it when it does rear its ugly head. In Mastering Fear, Webb shows that people from all walks of life can stretch boundaries little by little through habit and practice and learn to use their fear as fuel to accomplish more than they ever thought they could.

Breaking down the process of turning fear to your advantage, Webb and his bestselling co-author John David Mann have written a must-read for anyone in need of courage.

Author Biography

Brandon Webb is a former US Navy SEAL, New York Times bestselling author, and founder and CEO of Hurricane Group, a media and ecommerce business focused on military entertainment, news, and monthly clubs. His titles include The Red Circle, Benghazi- The Definitive Report, The Killing School, and Total Focus.

John David Mann is Webb's co-author of The Red Circle, Among Heroes, The Killing School, Total Focus and the international bestseller The Go-Giver.

Review

"A useful weapon for those fighting creative battles in the 'War of Art.'" --Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art "The big wins and most incredible experiences come when we feel afraid but do it anyway. Read Mastering Fear, get out of your comfort zone, and dance with your fear, knowing it will lead you to new levels of performance!" --Siri Lindley, former triathlon world champion, coach, and author of Surfacing

"My favorite part of this book is that Brandon doesn't teach you to conquer fear as if it will go away completely and forever. No, as a Navy Seal, he knows there's always an element of fear in the things we do. Instead, we master it, fully aware that it is coming and ready when it does. I wish someone gave me this book when I graduated from college." --Jon Acuff, author of Finish

"When you've got a hockey puck flying at you at 105 miles per hour, you don't have time for theory. It's the same when life is flying at you. You need to know what to do with the gut-ripping terror that grabs at you--and you need to know it from a guy who's been there. Brandon is that dude: he's the real deal. Read, learn, and excel." --Brent Burns, all-star ice hockey defenseman for the San Jose Sharks

"Brandon's book will help you conquer anything holding you back from being your best and most unafraid self. A life-changer!" --Betsy Morgan, former CEO, Huffington Post; former president, TheBlaze

"Understanding fear is a crucial part of success, and I cannot imagine a more qualified person to tackle it. Brandon's inspirational style of writing leaps me into action chapter by chapter. Thank you for such a practical breakdown of this important human condition." --Sally Lyndley, editor, Love magazine

"Not only will this book provide you with a brilliantly simple plan for conquering your deepest fears, but it will also leave you with a burning desire to do it. What previously seemed impossible will suddenly appear entirely tangible. " --Marina Khoroch, writer for Vogue.com

Review Quote

"A useful weapon for those fighting creative battles in the 'War of Art.'" --Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art "The big wins and most incredible experiences come when we feel afraid but do it anyway. Read Mastering Fear , get out of your comfort zone, and dance with your fear, knowing it will lead you to new levels of performance!" --Siri Lindley, former triathlon world champion, coach, and author of Surfacing "My favorite part of this book is that Brandon doesn't teach you to conquer fear as if it will go away completely and forever. No, as a Navy Seal, he knows there's always an element of fear in the things we do. Instead, we master it, fully aware that it is coming and ready when it does. I wish someone gave me this book when I graduated from college." --Jon Acuff, author of Finish "When you've got a hockey puck flying at you at 105 miles per hour, you don't have time for theory. It's the same when life is flying at you. You need to know what to do with the gut-ripping terror that grabs at you--and you need to know it from a guy who's been there. Brandon is that dude: he's the real deal. Read, learn, and excel." --Brent Burns, all-star ice hockey defenseman for the San Jose Sharks "Brandon's book will help you conquer anything holding you back from being your best and most unafraid self. A life-changer!" --Betsy Morgan, former CEO, Huffington Post ; former president, TheBlaze "Understanding fear is a crucial part of success, and I cannot imagine a more qualified person to tackle it. Brandon's inspirational style of writing leaps me into action chapter by chapter. Thank you for such a practical breakdown of this important human condition." --Sally Lyndley, editor, Love magazine "Not only will this book provide you with a brilliantly simple plan for conquering your deepest fears, but it will also leave you with a burning desire to do it. What previously seemed impossible will suddenly appear entirely tangible. " --Marina Khoroch, writer for Vogue.com

Promotional "Headline"

From New York Times bestselling author and former Navy SEAL Brandon Webb. a four-step guide to making your fear work for you and not against you.

Excerpt from Book

1 Decision Burn the boats. -Alexander the Great, upon reaching the shores of Persia, thereby cutting off his army''s only means of retreat My face is grinding into the sand, my body is beyond exhausted. Four terrifying men are clustered around me, screaming at me and doing their best to kill me. Not physically kill me. I''ll grant you that. They aren''t going to ship me out of here in a body bag. But make no mistake: They are planning to ship me out. Today. They want me as gone as last week''s breakfast, and they are here to make sure that happens. Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training is famous for three things. First, that image you''ve probably seen, a line of guys running on a beach, miserable but determined, carrying an insanely heavy log on their shoulders while being yelled at by their instructor. Second, the fact that there''s this brutal ordeal somewhere in there called "Hell Week." And finally: the quitting. The desolate row of empty class helmets lined up on the asphalt, marking the passage of the vanquished, the goners, the losers. And hanging over the helmets, that evil brass bell: the bell you step up to and ring three times to make your defeat official. The bell you ring to tell all your instructors and your teammates: "I give up. I quit." In BUD/S, the quitting never stops. In fact, it starts even before the first day. Lying here facedown on the beach, my teeth biting on sand, I have a clear recollection of the day I showed up for registration ten weeks ago, sitting on a bench by that concrete-and-asphalt grinder, watching a BUD/S instructor pushing another class of SEAL candidates through their punishing routine of PTs (physical training, i.e., calisthenics), and being scared nearly out of my mind. Holy shit. Seven months of that? There are plenty of would-be SEAL candidates who reach this point and don''t even make it through the check-in process. All it takes is witnessing another class being put through their paces, and their SEAL ambitions crumble to dust. I understand why. The truth is, I had a hard enough time just passing the quals to get into BUD/S, forget getting through it. I was coming off years of regular navy service, the fat fleet guy fresh from his cushy tour on the USS Kitty Hawk and checking into BUD/S after barely passing the SEAL entrance PTs. The guy the other candidates will look down on and the instructors will mark right away for early elimination. Of the 220 guys in my BUD/S class, I was the guy nobody wanted to be. "That guy." That was me. At the other end of the spectrum was Lars, a supremely athletic guy at the top of our class. An incredible specimen. Lars had thighs like tree trunks and could do push-ups from dawn till dusk. He could do anything you threw at him. He wasn''t human. And in our first week of training, about four thirty in the morning, Lars quit. We couldn''t believe it. The guy we all looked up to, the guy we all would have pegged "most likely to succeed" was gone, nothing left to say he''d ever been there but another empty helmet. Lying there in the dark, sun not up yet, hearing that lonely brass bell clanging out through the silence of the freezing morning air, I could practically hear the thoughts emanating from the heads of all the guys around me, guys who up to that point had believed they were doing pretty well. Shit!-if Lars can''t do it, then I don''t have a snowflake''s chance in hell! By the time we got through our initial indoc period and entered First Phase of actual training, 10 percent of our class quit. And now, here I am, on the beach near the end of First Phase, and oh boy, only five months of torture to go. If I survive this particular, personalized torture, that is. For a lot of guys, the moment of reckoning will come in a few days, when Hell Week starts. Not me, though. For me, Christmas has come early this year. This afternoon, these four professional sadists came over to our team and pulled me aside, separating me from the herd like a doomed wildebeest plucked by a pride of lions, and walked me out onto the beach, alone. Where they are now pushing me through an endless series of calisthenics, all the while shoveling sand in my face and screaming insults at me, all four at once, at the top of their lungs. They''ve been doing this now for, oh, close to an hour, or maybe it''s been close to a year, I''m really not sure at this point. This is not a test, I tell myself. These guys are not trying to "see what I''m made of." They already know what I''m made of, I''m made of dirt and shit and weakness, and they don''t like me, not even a little. They see me as a handicap to the team, and they are right. They want me gone, and if I were in their shoes, that''s exactly what I''d want, too. They are willing me, with all the persistence and verbal abuse and sheer force of intention they can bring, to crawl from the beach up to the asphalt and ring that goddamn brass bell. I get it. I look up at my instructor and tell him to go fuck himself. The only way they are getting me out of here will be in a body bag. He drills me with a look that could bore a hole in a concrete slab. Then nods and lets me up. He looks over at his colleagues and says three words: "We''re done here." He can see it in my face: I''ve decided. Of the 220 guys who started out in my BUD/S class, fewer than two dozen made it to the end. That afternoon on the beach in First Phase, I realized two things. First, that I was one of that handful who would be going all the way through. And second, why it was that so many others wouldn

Product Details

Author
John David Mann
Publisher
Penguin Putnam Inc
Year
2018
ISBN-10
0525533567
ISBN-13
9780525533566
Format
Hardcover
Country of Publication
United States
Subtitle
A Navy SEAL's Guide
Pages
224
Publication Date
2018-08-07
Short Title
Mastering Fear
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade