CEOs Most Influential Leadership Books of 2021

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

I’m a member of Young President’s Organization (YPO) a global organization of CEOs, and as part of the Leadership Development Network I surveyed the 2,500 members and asked them what their most influential book of all time was. These are the results. The top ranked book was by my former professor at business school Jim…

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How to have difficult conversations at work

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You’ve got to fire someone. Your consulting project is way behind schedule. The budget has to get cut. In any job you’ll have to have tough conversations where fear can end up being the fuel for positive and effective change, or it can crumble you into wishing you had done the whole thing differently. With…

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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? Not me. But I did.  I didn’t know any other way. Do you?  Seems like most people don’t. The main thing our wisest elders wish…

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A 16 Second Habit That Will Change Your Life

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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 how impactful this little routine is, and how it can literally change the quality of decisions you make every single day. It will make you…

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The Simplest and most effective bio hack to do today.

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

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 that can happen; you’ll be uncomfortable for five minutes and maybe embarrassingly bit of shrivel. What’s the best that can happen – you can never…

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The Greatest Gift we can give our children

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

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 traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), so he was left to himself to deal with the emotional serpents that snaked through his consciousness. At one moment he…

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St. Patrick’s Lessons in Courage

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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 about his courage, bravery and intelligence you might not know, and at least one thing about St Patrick’s day you can use to win a…

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Lessons from Spring training – Fear & The Closer

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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 Aardsma was a 14 year MLB veteran who now leaders pitcher development for the Toronto Blue Jays. In this short video, he lets you into…

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Fear of Entrepreneurship? use that to win

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

  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 much higher chance of success than if you are doing it so you can retire in five years. Long hours, worrying about payroll or fundraising…

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