ADVENTURE BLOG

Inspiration to help you learn to use fear as fuel and create the life of your dreams!

ADVENTURE BLOG

Inspiration to help you learn to use fear as fuel and create the life of your dreams!

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How to use fear as fuel | TEDx Pearl Street

You know what sucks? Regret.  Who wants to reach the end of their life and spend time thinking about what they wish they had done while they were still young?...
Fear is Fuel Election Day Anxiety Stress

Election Day Anxiety? Turn that fear into fuel for good.

Today can be a great day if you want it to be - no matter what happens. Are you screaming at your friends? Maybe losing sleep or can’t focus on...
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Kids with anxiety issues have stronger fear signals

Stanford Study breaks new ground with brain scanning of 10-12 year olds and suggests an effective remedy to raise courageous kids In a breakthrough study recently released by the Stanford...
Patrick J Sweeney, Keynote Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

Using Fear As Fuel – Patrick Sweeney Webinar at MIT’s Sloan School of Management

I'm very excited and honored to be the first non-faculty member ever to lead a webinar for MIT's Sloan School of Management's online webinar series designed to support ongoing professional...
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“Stress in America at an All-Time High” – American Psych. Assoc.

Four science-backed cures that you can put to work today The American Psychological Association’s annual survey about the future being stressful is at an all-time high. The trifecta of uncertainty – a...
Patrick J Sweeney, Keynote Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

Patrick Sweeney with Marcus Luer – The Sports Entrepreneurs Podcast

Patrick Sweeney’s, fellow YPOer, recent best selling book “Fear is Fuel” and his life experiences are perfect for the current state and level of “Fear” globally.  We take a deep dive into...
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

What is the root of Intolerance?

From a neuroscience perspective intolerance is driven by a primal fear response. This fear originates in a part of the brain called the limbic system. That's where the amygdala (which...
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

Eliminate Anxiety and Program Your Brain to Thrive in Uncertainty

Invest 40 minutes of your day and change your life: (more…)
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

Anxiety, stress or fear? Take Control of Your Mental Health During Coronavirus

How is your anxiety level amid all the coronavirus hysteria? If you are like most Americans, you are probably feeling stressed and confused. That’s normal from a neuroscience perspective, but...
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

Haven’t figured out how to use Fear as Fuel? Find joy First

ALL YOUR DREAMS ARE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF FEAR; NOW NEUROSCIENCE SHOWS WHY DELIGHT CAN BE TOO. The presentation went great! The guy at the gym said yes! The...
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

Mental & Physical Gymnastics – why you should do both

“Victor seven tango three one seven…no wait…three one nine…no one seven, one seven! It’s one seven for sure.” Spurted the tired athlete to the official. “Wrong! Thirty burpees.” demanded the...
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Do you need something to worry about?

I met my climbing partner at the gym last Tuesday and he looked like he had endured a grueling overnight flight from Tokyo. (more…)
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

Goal Setting – How to make the Journey count

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a simple routine that will change your life

If you want to maximize your success and happiness, there is one routine that should be the foundation for your entire day. It’s when you wake up. You have a...
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

Burn 30% more fat in half the time

Old adages are dropping like flies in the world of health optimization. The ketogenic diet has shown people it's not just calories in calories out. Now a new study from...
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

Fast way to fat burning

Many people are afraid of the "keto flu" or taking a full month or more to get in . state of nutritional ketosis. Well the good news is that you...
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

3 Proven Ways to Perform under pressure

There are times when we all have to perform under pressure, the threat of choking, of losing control, or of failing miserably can be a powerful force poised to ruin...
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

Catapult your career with Leadership Lessons from the 2018 World Champion Boston red Sox

Quite possibly the greatest baseball team of all time is touring the streets of Boston this morning in duckboats in front of hundreds of thousands of adoring fans. An entire...
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A 16 Second Habit That Will Change Your Life

I first began using this technique when I was training for the Olympics.  As I've studied neuroscience over the past five years for my book "Fear is Fuel", I realize...
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

The Simplest and most effective bio hack to do today.

Here's the deal - just about everyone is afraid of taking cold showers. Bear with me because it's a great place to practice using fear as fuel! What's the worst...
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

The Greatest Gift we can give our children

In his early 20s, the special operations officer had already served two tours of duty in a bloody war. Back then, people didn’t admit or even know anything about post...
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

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...
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St. Patrick’s Lessons in Courage

St Patrick was a slave around 400 AD who used fear as fuel to power a daring escape from slavery and eventually to change the world. There are some things...
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Lessons from Spring training – Fear & The Closer

There are two very intense and potential terrifying roles in baseball - the batter who can tie the game in the bottom of the 9th and the closing pitcher. David...
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

Olympic Sports Psychologist Shane Murphy

I sat down with my former Sports Psychologist Shane Murphy - he was the first director of sports psychology for the U.S Olympic Training Center and helped me greatly improve my...
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

Fear of Entrepreneurship? use that to win

  Know your motivation It’s really hard to build a successful start-up, doing it just to make money rarely works. If you love your industry or a technology there’s a...
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

The Bravest Man Alive – I bet you don’t even know him!

I sat down with the world's bravest man, 89 year old Colonel Joe Kittenger (USAF RET) in Orlando, Florida to talk about what fear means to him, and what it...
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

How extraordinary leaders use Fear as Fuel

Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

Talks at Google on Fear and Courage

Patrick was invited to the European HQ of Google in September and talk about the surprising power of fear. Here's the talk with a great Q&A at the end.  (more…)
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

Change your future with the 5 Habits of Courageous Leaders

  Do you know how the minds of the greatest leaders work? (more…)
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

Riding a Fat Bike Across Alaska is Terror at -35 degrees

People often as me if I get scared at all. Many of you have asked after my Keynote Speeches what it was like.  Here's the five webisode series that received...
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

What every parent should learn about fear and the amygdala

  Teenage terror and anxiety ended up being the hot topic last week in Hollywood when I was at Real Screen, an annual conference for reality shows. When I told...
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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,...
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

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.  (more…)
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

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....
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

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.  (more…)
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

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. It was last call at my...
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

An Adventure Weekend in Portugal

Betty Boop wanted to take me someplace I'd never been before - so we went to the birthplace of Brazil - Portugal. It was a fun-filled weeknd of surfing, drinking,...
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

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...
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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...
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

The World’s Top 10 Adventure Breweries

The most succulent, and texture rich red wine you could imagine can be bought a block from our place in Chamonix. In fact there are choices that would make the...
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

Adventure in your OWN backyard. plus 50 in 50

You don't have to travel to the Alps or Alaska to find adventure; everyplace on Earth has something fun and exciting to challenge yourself, your friends, and your family. Here's a great...
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

An adventurer’s look at the Leadville 100 mtb race

What a great mountain bike adventure. @OutsideMagazine picked up anohter one of our productions about the Leadville 100 mountain bike race. This video is a great adventure story about one man's...
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The one trait All Star-athletes, top CEOs and Navy SEALs share

I could feel the hand reach inside my stomach and start fingering a piano concerto, digits going up and down a mile a minute. I sat at the starting line...
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

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...
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

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...
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

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...
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

My favorite summit of all time

i've had a lot of time on the top of mountains but this one stands above all the rest - it's a first effort for homegrown video so the quality...
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Three ways fear can help you create a dream life

Show my wife a picture of a clown and she’s running for the hills. Fear of failure, fear of spiders, fear of public speaking, fear of flying – you name...
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

a week in the life of patrick sweeney and howie mandel (optimized for iphone)

A week in my life, typical travel scene for once a month I go from Geneva to Portland, Maine, to Boston to Miami to New York City. I do some...
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

How to Adopt High Fat Low Carb (HFLC) Diet today

Here's my interview with the producer of Cereal Killers with some of the basics around a high fat low carb (HFLC) diet. I've found it to be the best diet for...
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

Biking up & Down Kilimanjaro: African Adventure

Here's another great video from our #BikeKili project - produced by Red Bull Media house and shot on Red Epic cameras by some great videographers! (more…)
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

Expedition Update Elbrus – the world’s Most dangerous downhill on a fatbike

Here's the preview of what happened on Mt Elbrus in Russia. It's short and sweet, and gives you an idea of some of the amazing adventure we shared in the...
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Seven lessons we learned from the Olympics

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...
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

Business lessons from an ocean rowing adventure

An ocean rowing adventure that shows you how to succeed in business. That's finding the adventurer within! 
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

Mental Training Techniques from US Olympic Training Center

Breakthrough to your best performance ever, by training your mind. Here are the secrets from the Olympic training center that can get you there! (more…)
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

Expedition update – cycling the 7 summits – russia

Europe's highest peak is next on our team's list. It's extra special becase my 11 year old son has been training all summer to join us. Here's our update from "training...
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Five steps to become as fit as an Olympian

 The sweat was burning my eyes and I couldn’t wipe away the sting. I pushed the back of my hand harder into my eye to try and make it stop....
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

The key to raising Smart, Successful, Happy Kids

There is one quality that we can instill in our children that can helps ensure that they will be less likely to lie and cheat, that will help them avoid...
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prepare yourself to ride anything with these 6 training tips – Bicycling Magazine

 When ultra-endurance athlete Rebecca Rusch and professional adventurer Patrick Sweeney decided to ride up Mount Kilimanjaro to benefit World Bicycle Relief this winter, both knew that training was going to...
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

Plyometric leg workout to crush your next mountain bike race

Here's some killer insight from my Olympic training days, using plyometrics to be powerful during your biking competition. Plyos are great for road cycling or mountain biking, especially in short...
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Could Pokemon GO Save A Couch Potato’s Life?

I never let my kids download games on my phone but even I have caught the Pokémon GO bug. Is this revolutionary mobile app inspiring people to exercise more? Could...
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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...
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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...
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

A week in my life from Geneva to NYC

This is a pretty typical adventurous week in my life - what do you think? 
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

Expedition Report – Cycling Seven Summit #BikeKili

My partner in this summit was seven time world-champion professional mountain biker Rebecca Rusch also known as the Queen of Pain. She said this was the toughest ride she's ever...
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

3 Ways to have an adventure in art

I took Shannon, my 13 year old daughter to Arrt Basel in Switzerland to see if we could find some adventure indoors for a change. We learned three great lessons...
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The best workouts on the go!

 "Pain in the ass comes" in two types – good and bad. Bad is traveling through stuffy airports, hot, tired and sweaty; and good is the day after super-setting jump squats with lunges...
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

Creating a habit that lasts using nueroscience

Three incredibly simple steps you can take today to create a new habit that will stick using the latest research from neuroscience...yeah...in fact this is brain surgery.  (more…)
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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...
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Baker’s Dozen must-read adventure books

Thankfully nearly every great book has been converted to an audible format so you can do a 24 hour race and not get the same damn Miley Cyrus tune stuck...
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Raise Adventurous kids…and get sent to jail

I am lucky enough to live in a small French village where 17-year-old girls, who could be strutting the runway during New York's fashion week, hitch-hike to school every day. My...
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

Lesson 4 – What to do when the weather is bad

Rain, wind, snow, what are you going to do when it's time to adventure? (more…)
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

Expedition Report – 2016 Italy Divide Unsupported Bike Race

Spring in Italy, what could possibly go wrong? Find out in this recap of the 2016 Italy divide 500 mile race.  (more…)
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

Expedition Report – #BikeKili Cycling the 7 summits

This was an amazing adventure all the way to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro for the charity World Bicycle relief. My partner professional mountain biker Rebecca Rusch called it the...
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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...
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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...
Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

Lesson 1 – For Rock climbers and Managers who want to climb ahead

One high fat secret for endurance athletes macadamia nuts

The Great 8 Foods to Fuel Any Adventure

You might be reading a lot about athletes who are using a high-fat diet to uncover amazing athletic performance – from Lindsey Vonn to Tim Olson to our own Patrick...