Patrick Sweeney grew up terrified of everything. He didn't have confidence or self-esteem. His biggest fear was flying. He made excuses every time he had a chance to fly – on exchange programs, to family reunions, for big races, Patrick made excuses to cover up the shame he felt of being afraid. He was lying to the world and himself.
Then at 35 he got one of the rarest forms of leukemia. The doctors told him to say his good-byes. That was when he chose courage. He realized that being courageous is a choice. It wasn’t courage for himself but for his then 1-year-old daughter and unborn son. He decided that if he beat the disease and got out of John’s Hopkins he’d get over his fear of flying. That’s exactly what he did.
He decided to get his private pilots license. It was terrifying, but he still took the first frightening step. Then an incredible thing happened. He fell in love with flying. He now flies a stunt plane in aerobatic competitions. It is one of the greatest joys in his life, a true passion that was hidden from him because of fear. His choice had a halo effect on his whole life. Suddenly courage became his superpower. It all started with that first small step.
Patrick’s life changed and he wants you to see that so can yours. That’s why he left the lucrative start-up world behind; to write Fear is Fuel and help millions of people find courage and the life of their dreams. When we become authentic, strong and confident we can achieve world peace. That’s his dream.
Episode Summary: An amazing inspirational deep dive into Patrick's origin story and an educational journey where Patrick discusses the neuroscience research that empowers all of us to be able to turn the most powerful force in our life, fear, into an unstoppable fuel for peak performance, happiness, and success.