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Five step morning routine for success & courage in 2018

Here are the five things I do each morning, and the neuroscience behind why I do them. Start your morning off right, don't be addicted to the dopamine fix of getting right to your phone. You have a small window each morning when your brain and body are completely clean slates - a proper morning routine will set you up for success, curiosity, happiness, courageousness and great leadership throughout your day. 

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Topics: How-to, Reflection, Training, Videos, fear, fear as fuel, patrick sweeney, video

How to turn business travel into a great adventure

As I sprinted through the airport, I could feel a demoralizing trickle of sweat cascading down my spine. I had just lost the battle to look composed. Now my armpits, and likely chest, were already tinted a much darker shade of blue than Ermeneglido Zegna had originally wanted my shirt to be. So if I actually ended up being on time, when I gave my presentation, I’d look like a nervous wreck. I was a nine hour flight from home and about to change my life.

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Topics: How-to, Travel

Risk vs Fear motivational keynote speech

Here's a six minute excerpt from Patrick's keynote speech to 1,000 real estate professionals at the Realty ONE summit in Las Vegas, May 2017. 

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Topics: How-to, Fearless Parenting, Videos, Fear Frontier Media

TAME Fear and Live the life of your dreams

There are many levels of anxiety, fear and terror - learning the science behind what is happening physiologically is critical to making the most of the incredible energy fear can generate. The first step is to adopt the B.A.S.E. method  when you feel your body or mind getting scared - increased heart rate, faster breathing, sweaty palms, dry mouth - all are signs your body is changing for a fight, flight or to freeze. Having a reliable tool to channel that force is the key to greatness and heroism.

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Topics: How-to, Reflection, Videos, Fear Frontier Media

Great advice from the coolest place on earth

Happy Paddy's day! My Grandfather Charlie Sweeney gave me this great piece of advice over 20 years ago - it changed my life and might change yours as well. 

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Topics: How-to, Reflection, Travel, Videos

5 ways to fix career burnout (and save your life)

“I’ll get plenty of sleep when I’m dead,” I boasted, over the din of clinking glasses and the general cacophony of a busy bar.

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Topics: How-to, Reflection

How to Keep Your New Year's Resolution from Failing Using Fear

2017 is a new year, and it's time to make a new you. Screw resolutions! Follow my lessons in this video and other resources on our adventure blog to create real lasting change - based on lessons from the latest neuroscience, Olympic and Pro athletes, top CEOs and world leaders.

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Topics: How-to, Fear Frontier Media

The 5 habits of happy people

My face hurt and I was speechless. I looked up; sweat dripping off the end of my nose, and felt my breaths rasping in with short pulls. The granite pillars that materialized in front of me as I crested the hill had a dusting of pink tinted snow from the autumn sunset. I stopped pedaling and let my toes grind into the muddy trail. I dove into the moment, floating in the beauty of everything around me, this was a familiar mountain biker's high. After a couple of minutes, I realized my cheeks were sore from smiling.

I had two thoughts: “I’m the luckiest guy in the world. I wish everyone could feel like this.”

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Topics: How-to, Reflection

Four steps to getting great in less than 10,000 hours

Malcolm Gladwell popularized the 10,000 hour rule, and others claim natural ability and genetics trumps training. The truth is both are wrong according to the latest research. K. Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool have researched masters in many fields from Chess to Athletics and they found it's got nothing to do with talent. Watch the video then share it with a friend!

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Topics: How-to, Fearless Parenting, Videos, Elite Only

Lesson 3 - A white out in the Alps, danger, fear and this lesson

I'm deep in the Mount Blanc massif - dozens of deaths a year tragically occur here and it reminds me of a great lesson that can change your life. You need to learn it without nearly dying so take three minutes and find out this secret to being happier than you ever have been.
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Lesson 2 - After 48 hours riding & 2 hours of sleep; I've got advice

From the middle of the Italy Divide 500 mile self-supported bike race between Rome and the Swiss-Italian border I get a deep thought. Sleep deprivation forces me to take a few minutes to get it out, but it's a good one especially in times like that!
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Topics: How-to, Reflection, Training, Videos

Seven lessons we learned from the Olympics

Posted by Whitney James

This year’s Olympic Games might be over, but we’re far from done reliving our favorite moments. Records were set, tribulations were overcome, and history was made. And while most of us will never grace an Olympic podium, there are plenty of ways we can strive to emulate these incredible athletes. Make like an Olympian by following these seven life lessons learned from Rio.

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Topics: How-to, Reflection, Training, Friends

prepare yourself to ride anything with these 6 training tips - Bicycling Magazine

 

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Topics: How-to, Training, Elite Only, Friends

Can you drop your love handles playing pokemon go?

When I picked up my 13 year old daughter from acting camp she wanted to go for a 5k run. Why? To unlock an egg in Pokémon GO. It’s a new augmented reality game that is like geocaching using the GPS on your phone. It made me realize that Pokémon might be one solution to a problem my cousin told me about a few weeks back. 

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Topics: How-to, Nutrition

Burn fat, increase energy, get smarter all before breakfast with MY adventure coffee

The woman spoke no English, but smiled unceasingly while she violated my personal space, nudging the steaming mug at me. I could only wonder about the void where her two front teeth once hung. As transfixed on the smile as I was, I soon snapped out of the trance and felt the hot mug burning my hand. As I looked down at the cup I could see oil droplets separating on top from the rest of the concoction. The shiny circles appeared to be dancing on the top of the hot liquid. Mostly out of politeness, and an unwillingness to offend my toothless hostess, I took a sip. Surprisingly, it wasn’t bad. Sweet and salty, and more floral tasting than I expected. I sipped a bit more. It was five o’clock in the morning and I was just north of Tengboche Nepal, on my way to Everest Base Camp. Through gesticulation and grunting mostly, I deciphered that I was drinking some sort of tea with the butter or cheese, or worse, from a Yak mixed in.

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Topics: How-to, Nutrition

Hack your way to a 5% bump in VO2 Max

Sprinting for the finish line, driving up over a hill and resuming a torrid pace, or bouncing back from a hard dyno at 14,000 feet all require a great maximal oxygen uptake (VO2 Max). Knowing a killer workout that can have a quick and lasting impact on how much air you suck in and devour is a godsend. I've got one for you.

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Topics: How-to, Elite Only

THE THREE HEALTHIEST HABITS THAT DRIVE AN ADVENTUROUS LIFESTYLE

You don’t have to be a full time adventurer to live an adventurous lifestyle, but you do have to search for your adventurer within. Learn to develop healthy habits on a day-to-day basis, and you’ll find yourself in the right physical state and mind-frame to reach your fullest potential. That balance of passion for adventure and healthy mind and body will make you the best partner, parent and professional you can be.

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Topics: How-to, Reflection

How to maximize your weekend adventure time

The majority of us spend endless hours in front of the computer or tending to other responsibilities, waiting for that moment when we’re able to punch out and head for the trails in pursuit of something more. Something bigger. Adventure. Here’s how you can squeeze every last drop of adventure out of your weekends, because with only 52 of them, every one counts.

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