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From New York Times best-selling 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 best-selling coauthor, John David Mann, break this transformation down into five practical steps, creating a must-listen manual for anyone looking for greater courage and mastery in their lives.

©2018 Brandon Webb, John David Mann (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"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)

"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)

"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)

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slow start

It was a good audio book. I got it after finishing Extreme Ownership. I kept wondering "when will we get to the good stuff?" It started out slow and seemed like I personally was not going to get much out of it. About 25% through though the author broke things down and explained his system for working through and with your fears. It was enjoyable and I would definitely recommend it. If it starts off slow for you like it did for me just give it a chance and listen to the entire book before passing judgement.

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  • C. Evans
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  • 08-24-18

Excellent

So glad this book crossed my path. Enjoyed listening to this powerful message. best seller in my opinion

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One of the Best!

Absolutely marvelous! Probably better as an audiobook than if I'd read a hard copy! Brandon's story telling skills are on full display and it lends a nuance to the book that is unparalleled. Well done sir...and thank you!

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Get off the sidelines

Honestly, this book was one of the best personal development books I have read. It gives you a motivational perspective on time and propels you to get into the game. One line that really resonated with me was “Don’t wait for the perfect version of yourself to come around before you take action.” Phenomenal! I also love the stories about his time at war and as a pilot.

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Fantastic book

This is a great read (listen). Webb has written a guide to overcoming fear and using it as fuel to live your best life. I enthusiastically recommend this book to anyone trying to accomplish a good life.

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A self help book by a warrior and business man

Most self help books a written by people who have not even run a lemonade stand or would be unable to fight there way out of a wet paper bag. This book in grounded the Author's dances with fear during fire fights in Afghanistan and multi million dollar business disasters and successes. It's that grounding that makes this book work so well. Great to realize fear tastes the same to everyone and it's how you chow down on it that makes you.

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Thank you!

This was an incredibly powerful book that brought me to several realizations about the power of thought and action and fear. Thank you for both enlightening me, and solidifying some blurry thoughts that have been churning around amidst the chatter. Totally incredible stuff, written in a powerful way!

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Webb always writes a great book<br />

A good book written by a good guy. I'm going to listen to this at least ten times, just started the second listen!

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what an outstanding book

I absolutely loved hearing this book. So many different emotions throughout listening to this book.First it makes you even more grateful for the service men and women that have served our country big thank you for that. Being in real estate there are many different mind games that you have to overcome this book really help to put it all in perspective. Keeping those items that are most important in our lives is really and truly what it is really all about.love this book so much I've shared it with other friends that are in the real estate industry and with our friends at church. Fear can raise its ugly head in many different industries. It's nice to have a book to refer to people to help them conquer this as well too. So here is to living without fear.

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fun and motivating for life and business.

accept fear, own it, then make it work for you. a story of making it then losing it all then making it back 10x over.

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Kick in the a$$ even if you feel you dont need it

End to end useful tactics based on real examples, stories from all walks of Brandon's life (thus far) and extremely frank, honest and engaging. So many takeaways that I have started it again to take notes in the paperback I have also purchased for notation.

Even if you think you are killing it in your field of work, business or life this will make you stop, reassess and highlight areas that you may need to act upon now or in the near future.

Fantastic piece of work and a tool for those who are willing to be honest with themselves and 'let go of some coconuts' and take precise and measured step by step actions.