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


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

30 review for Mastering Fear: A Navy SEAL's Guide

  1. 5 out of 5

    ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣

    Do the decisions. There's always something that could go wrong, so: 1. Get prepared. 2. Stay prepared. 3. Don't worry since it won't change much, whether you are worried or not. If still worried, then thrive on the adrenaline-fuelled energy. Stay away from being nervous about things. The reader also gets to read about that guy's swimming lessons (Camal, Damal, Kumal, Khemak? What's his name?). Some lessons, those must have been. Seriously, dude, chill, we got it: he didn't know how to swim, couldn' Do the decisions. There's always something that could go wrong, so: 1. Get prepared. 2. Stay prepared. 3. Don't worry since it won't change much, whether you are worried or not. If still worried, then thrive on the adrenaline-fuelled energy. Stay away from being nervous about things. The reader also gets to read about that guy's swimming lessons (Camal, Damal, Kumal, Khemak? What's his name?). Some lessons, those must have been. Seriously, dude, chill, we got it: he didn't know how to swim, couldn't swim and you got him to swim. No need to go back to that every other page. Frankly, the book would've benefited from taking all refs to that story and grouping them in 1 part and not going through the book blabbering about it. I get it, he was the point of reference along with the action plan draft. Still, he could've been used as a headliner and not sprinkled throughout the text all around. Yeah, and that prepared super-physique guy failed at some super-duper-commando course, ha-ha.

  2. 5 out of 5

    The Real Book Spy

    See this review and more at www.TheRealBookSpy.com As a critic, my area of expertise is fiction — more specifically, the thriller genre, especially political, spy, and military thrillers. . . anything with action. I read books about people who do extraordinary things, but they all have one thing in common (well, two if you count stopping nuclear attacks, because they all stop nuclear attacks at some point): they’re all fictional. When I’m not reading books for reviews or blurbs, I like to get out See this review and more at www.TheRealBookSpy.com As a critic, my area of expertise is fiction — more specifically, the thriller genre, especially political, spy, and military thrillers. . . anything with action. I read books about people who do extraordinary things, but they all have one thing in common (well, two if you count stopping nuclear attacks, because they all stop nuclear attacks at some point): they’re all fictional. When I’m not reading books for reviews or blurbs, I like to get outside the genre I cover and try something else. I personally enjoy autobiographies, but it’s pretty rare I actually review a nonfiction book. I’ve done it, sure, but the book has to really knock my socks off for me to step aside from the thriller genre and take the time to review it. That’s exactly what happened when I read Mastering Fear. . . (continue below) Continue reading this spoiler-free review here: https://therealbookspy.com/2018/05/13...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Trenton Judson

    The story behind why Mr. Webb decided to write this book may be the most compelling part of it. Some other highlights are his personal account of failure and how he overcame it in the business world, along with some stories from other friends, and his stories from Navy SEAL training. I wasn't blown away by this book. The epigram that I got from it was: use the energy of your fear to help you accomplish what you want to. Yes, there's some more to it, but that's the general gist. It's actually a p The story behind why Mr. Webb decided to write this book may be the most compelling part of it. Some other highlights are his personal account of failure and how he overcame it in the business world, along with some stories from other friends, and his stories from Navy SEAL training. I wasn't blown away by this book. The epigram that I got from it was: use the energy of your fear to help you accomplish what you want to. Yes, there's some more to it, but that's the general gist. It's actually a pretty great idea, but nothing that was transformational or couldn't have been put into a pithy essay in a magazine or journal. I'm not sure a book was the best format for this idea. I also found that it was primarily geared toward those that wanted to start businesses or that had started businesses and the author struts his success around while making his desire to become a billionaire known on several occasions. I was much more taken with the few times he talks about his family and would have liked to see more on the development of himself as a person instead of business mogul.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sasha

    So I've listened to the audiobook and it was the first time I was listening to something like that. I really enjoyed it actually. I don't thing that anything new was said in the book but it's all about finding what you need to hear/write. I wouldn't say that this book is useful but it gives you some understanding of your fear and how to live with them... Because yes, fear is natural.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nassimoka

    This one is the best among all these motivational books I've ever read. It explains and shows you so many aspects, that was never noticed before. Absolutely recommend.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jimmy

    How do you handle fear? If you want to learn about handling fear from someone who has had a career of dealing with risky situations and fear then this book would be for you. The author of this book is Brandon Webb. Webb is a former Navy SEAL. He’s not only a Navy SEAL, a combat veteran (one tour in Iraq, one tour in Afghanistan) but also a sniper instructor for the SEALs who have trained famous SEAL warriors such as Chris Kyle (the top American sniper in history) and Marcus Luttrell, the lone su How do you handle fear? If you want to learn about handling fear from someone who has had a career of dealing with risky situations and fear then this book would be for you. The author of this book is Brandon Webb. Webb is a former Navy SEAL. He’s not only a Navy SEAL, a combat veteran (one tour in Iraq, one tour in Afghanistan) but also a sniper instructor for the SEALs who have trained famous SEAL warriors such as Chris Kyle (the top American sniper in history) and Marcus Luttrell, the lone survivor of Operation Redwing in 2005. From his experience and also his reflection he’s written this book about handling fear. The opening of this book had me hooked; he began by telling the story of trying to help his friend learn how to swim. This particular individual was a decorated Army soldier who have also accomplished many other things in his life but one thing he’s never done was learn how to swim. The guy also tried to fix this by having classes on swimming and have other guys try to teach him. But the author Brandon Webb realized what he needs to deal with first is not learning how to swim but to deal with his friend’s fear of the water. Since Webb was conscious of this, this shapes the way he taught his friend and therefore was successful in getting him to swim whereas others weren’t able to teach him. Afterwards the friend told Webb he should write a book on mastering fear. I like this story because I can relate as someone who struggled to learn how to swim even though I’ve been in the military. But it’s also compelling because it was very ordinary and so you see this book is practical and for dealing with real life problem and not just extraordinary experience such as combat, life threatening situation, etc. There are helpful contents in this book. I appreciate the author’s candor and honesty. It isn’t a false bravo book here. Webb teaches us to use fear and not deny fear and he’s pointed out how some methods of denying fear can be counter-productive. I’ve always felt that was quite true and it’s nice to see him flesh that out in details. But he’s also pointed out that fear can be a good thing in that it keeps us alive and concentrate, so long as that fear isn’t absorbing us into inaction. Also his discussion about safety as an illusion was important to point out since people often think they are safer than they really are. I don’t want to give the whole book away but it was worth reading this title. His final discussion of dealing with fear is one that I have personally used to keep me going in difficult situations in my life from the Marines and situations involving physical force when I was younger as a security guard in Hollywood. I recommend this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Omg what utter bullshit. A book for macho guys who get scared, don't want to admit it, and want help without losing any manly creds. Leaves no room for common sense or if you're afraid for any reason other than an irrational phobia. The author details one anecdote about how he was working on a passenger boat, in poor conditions, in shark filled waters. The captain orders him to jump into the water because it will save time raising the anchor, and therefore the passengers won't be inconvenienced Omg what utter bullshit. A book for macho guys who get scared, don't want to admit it, and want help without losing any manly creds. Leaves no room for common sense or if you're afraid for any reason other than an irrational phobia. The author details one anecdote about how he was working on a passenger boat, in poor conditions, in shark filled waters. The captain orders him to jump into the water because it will save time raising the anchor, and therefore the passengers won't be inconvenienced by a minor delay. Rather than be afraid of jumping into a situation where there is a realistic chance of getting attacked by a wild animal, the author jumps in because he wants to look tough in front of the other guys and not make the passengers wait a little while to do it the safe way. He doesn't deny this; he's proud of it! At a certain point, there's bravery, and then there's stupidity.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Denis

    Quite nice book with several interesting and motivational stories and ideas. Happy that I have bought it and read it. Short and to the point. Nicely written. Thanks, Brandon.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Phil Cebuhar

    Really interesting perspective on Fear, and how we manage decisions with this emotion. The emotion of Fear is often paralyzing and limits our ability to function/prosper. Brandon Webb uses many stories, some which can strike close to you in order to understand how to overcome fear. Lastly, his passages of what truly matters resonated well with me. Constant assessment of what matters aligns for more fulfillment, happiness, and mindfulness of our present moment.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tom Leveen

    A must-have for writers and other creative who ever wrestle with self-doubt. (Oh, I'm sure I'm the ONLY ONE that happens to...) Fear is real, and not something to be dismissed with "positive thinking." Retired SEAL Webb take the tone of a no-BS best friend who can motivate you to make the changes you need and want in your life.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Fitzgerald

    As odd as this sounds, I'd call this book "fun and short." Which is odd when the subject is mastering fear. The author does a good job of drawing upon his experiences as a Navy SEAL and businessman to discuss what place fear has in our lives and how to use it. The book wasn't as comprehensive as I was hoping for, but there were enough useful vignettes to make it a worthwhile read. I didn't feel like I wasted my time or money. I just wish there was more here.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bernardo Borges

    I listened to the audiobook and I'll definitely buy the physical book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Aoi

    The art of making decisions and mastering your life. Obviously, there is nothing 'new' here per se, just the tone and encouragement contained that sets this apart from other self help books 1.Make a decision 2. Curating your environment 3. The power of rehersal 4.Stretching your circle of competence 5. You are never really really safe!

  14. 4 out of 5

    David James

    Great read for those looking understanding Fear Really good book on understanding the basics of overcoming fear and why some people are naturally able to and others need to break down their fears in overcoming them into achievable sections. Author is at times a little self indulgent, but not egocentric.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Aman Mittal

    Best book I have read in 2018! When I saw the cover of the book I knew I had to get my hands on it. The cover is unique and simple. A yellow background with a man representing a warrior type of a person on a horse killing a lion with a spear. Might sound mythological to some or hypothetical to others. It has a significance to the context of the book. I urge you whatever thought comes into your mind after grasping the cover image from both of your eyes, either try to remember it or write it do Best book I have read in 2018! When I saw the cover of the book I knew I had to get my hands on it. The cover is unique and simple. A yellow background with a man representing a warrior type of a person on a horse killing a lion with a spear. Might sound mythological to some or hypothetical to others. It has a significance to the context of the book. I urge you whatever thought comes into your mind after grasping the cover image from both of your eyes, either try to remember it or write it down somewhere. You will be astonished by its significance. Mastering Fear is a great title to start the book. It is not your typical self-help book if you read it carefully. The author of this book had experience in war zones of Afghanistan as a Navy SEAL where he learned a lot of things and developed a conscience for trusting himself in the situations where panic easily takes over a human mind. Brandon Webb, he is an accomplished author and has written many books before this one. Apart from being a Navy SEAL, he now runs a media business that is worth millions. Why am I telling you this? Because I want you to understand the motive behind this book. To master the fear, the first step is to take a decision and I want you to take decide for yourself whether this book is for you or not. Mastering Fear is not about facing a hostile gang of men or being in a war zone. It's about the battlefield in your mind. Think about it. Who is that person that you most spend time with? Talk to, care about or listen to? Yes, yourself! This book talks about you. It is based on you. There are stories of people who are have mastered their own fear of drowning in the water, heights or build their own life after getting bankrupt 2 or 3 times. But all are these realities of others who have faced panic in its face when the time came for them. Brandon Webb, the co-author of this book starts it in a storytelling way about his friend who is suffering from the fear of drowning for the last 35 years of his life. The only reason he is still suffering because he wants to learn to swim and has tried everything. Contacted every medal winner or coach but always failed. This how Brandon concludes this situation: Mastering Fear is not about becoming physically stronger, or tougher, or more macho r more aggressive, or more stoic. It is about how to identify and change the conversation in your mind. I consider this a universal truth after hours of dwelling in works of ancient and modern day writers. The book focus on the self's thought process and how to change it when the situation of an excruciating adrenaline rush comes where we often fail because we forget to give it a second thought right there, in that circumstance. This is the core of the book. Switching your thought process and understanding that fear is not something you should despise and can have your own way in life. Brandon points out that fear is a signpost, a gateway to the prize or the achievement or your success. It can be that secret weapon or the missing piece of puzzle right under your nose. To do so, Brandon divides the whole process into five interesting steps that are demonstrated with real-life anecdotes. The writing style of the book is simple and easy to grasp. The book even though only 250 pages long is time-consuming. The chapters are short and consistent. Each follows the previous one, so I would not recommend skipping one for another. Its narrative style is catchy. Once you sit down and start reading it, it is hard to move away from it. I would also like to say here that the context of the book is solely a pragmatic POV. Some readers might do not want to read it since it is written by a Navy SEAL or some only want to read it because it is written by a Navy SEAL and will have content on war zones, et cetera. You both are going to be disappointed. This book is about overcoming your fear even if you sit in a cubicle all day. It is about how to grow as a person and achieve what you always wanted to. A must-read book for everyone. 5 out of 5!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rick

    'Mastering Fear: A Navy SEAL'S Guide' by Brandon Webb While some of this has been rehashed in other forms recently - Brene Brown's 'Daring Greatly' comes to mind - I like that Brandon Webb brings us into his world, where we are learning about Snipers, the challenging BUDS - Basic Underwater Demolition Seal training, and other extreme missions he was part of. During these, he demonstrates how he knows that there's always that element of fear in what we do. We master it by "not allowing the sharks 'Mastering Fear: A Navy SEAL'S Guide' by Brandon Webb While some of this has been rehashed in other forms recently - Brene Brown's 'Daring Greatly' comes to mind - I like that Brandon Webb brings us into his world, where we are learning about Snipers, the challenging BUDS - Basic Underwater Demolition Seal training, and other extreme missions he was part of. During these, he demonstrates how he knows that there's always that element of fear in what we do. We master it by "not allowing the sharks to roam rent free until they arrive" while also being aware that it is coming and ready for it. In the moment of fear, there isn't time for theory or being visceral. (False Evidence Appearing Real) is not a apt expression in Brandon's world. To him it is very real evidence. But the choice to press through the fear is not about overcoming it, but about knowing that the fear is with you, will always be with you to some degree, and accepting it, preparing for it, and going with it, beyond it to the greatness that lay on the other side. He says fear is a sign. It's a guidepost. Fear can be the propeller when we ride with it instead of falling to it. Trusting our gut and intuition more than our rational thoughts on it, which continue to hold us back or may lead astray. He devotes a chapter to each step of accomplishing the goals he set for himself during his SEALS time and since, now launching a phenomenally successful business that he was at first uneasy about. : Making The Decision, Rehearsal, Letting Go, Jumping Off, and Knowing What Matters Mastery of fear according to Brandon, is about making use of it, managing the conversation in our head, focusing on what will go right, not what could possibly go wrong, tuning out the bs, and realizing fear is not an illusion, safety is. ---- "Practice doesn't make perfect, practice makes competent. And competence breeds more competence." "Haters are just confused admirers." - Paulo Coehlo

  17. 5 out of 5

    José

    After reading David Goggins book "Can't hurt me", I was a little skeptical about this one. Would it be another testosterone book, about how brave military people are? Even the title "A Navy SEAL's Guide", made me think that it would be all around suffering and struggling military experiences to illustrate how to conquer fear. But the subject interested me. It is something that any entrepreneur is familiar with, and everyone for that matter. We all postpone decisions, have problems letting go and After reading David Goggins book "Can't hurt me", I was a little skeptical about this one. Would it be another testosterone book, about how brave military people are? Even the title "A Navy SEAL's Guide", made me think that it would be all around suffering and struggling military experiences to illustrate how to conquer fear. But the subject interested me. It is something that any entrepreneur is familiar with, and everyone for that matter. We all postpone decisions, have problems letting go and move forward, mostly because we have fear. So I decided to give it a shot (if you pardon me the pun :)). And I was surprised to discover that it has nothing to do about Military but about Life and Business. It is in fact one of the best books for any entrepreneur and businessman to read. The principle to conquer fear is simple, and the book guides you through the 5 stages using personal stories from the author (business situations, personal situations and military situations) as well as stories from other people. I used the audio book version, and it's amazing. It's well written, and the speaker is very good. It motivated me, put a lot of things in perspective and it has a lot of tips. I recommend this book to everyone, especially if you are thinking on starting a business, stuck in a job you don't like or even if you have a dream that you want to follow but you are afraid to let go what you have. As I said, it gives you guidelines to follow the process of letting go, and stories to motivate you to engage. As we all know, between knowing how to and actually doing it, goes a world in distance.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Angela Chiu

    I am always fascinated by navy seal, have been reading and watching documentaries about them. I didn't hesitate to pick up this book when I saw "Mastering Fear" by a former navy seal agent. A very credible writer to share an experience of mastering fear. What I like most is that he acknowledges the fact that fear is always to stay but we can leverage it and turn it into an engine. Very practical tips, he breaks it down into minor steps which are very useful. There are truths that he has brought I am always fascinated by navy seal, have been reading and watching documentaries about them. I didn't hesitate to pick up this book when I saw "Mastering Fear" by a former navy seal agent. A very credible writer to share an experience of mastering fear. What I like most is that he acknowledges the fact that fear is always to stay but we can leverage it and turn it into an engine. Very practical tips, he breaks it down into minor steps which are very useful. There are truths that he has brought up - it is power of our tongues - it is the conversation we carry between our 2 ears - that would change our own mindset. And this is what I like most - "what matters is not what you are achieving, but who you are becoming in the process." One caveat that I wish this book could have covered - it is the boundary to the areas that the author is dealing with. There are certain fears that are beyond this book's arena, i.e. fear formed by trauma and adversity, that lead to a kind of illusory fear e.g. there are people I have come across who always fear of getting certain sickness without evidence or facts. I still think this is valid - False Evidence Appearing Real - it stands for F.E.A.R.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Phillip Berry

    Easy read with good anecdotes and message. Webb's five steps to mastering fear are easy to remember, relevant, and compelling. He's got a few ideas that go against the common wisdom - for example, he references the message of "to grow, you need to get out of your comfort zone." His point is to stay in your comfort zone and slowly push its boundaries, otherwise we tend to get overwhelmed by the fear. I found the book compelling, not for any earth-shattering new ideas, but for its reminders and th Easy read with good anecdotes and message. Webb's five steps to mastering fear are easy to remember, relevant, and compelling. He's got a few ideas that go against the common wisdom - for example, he references the message of "to grow, you need to get out of your comfort zone." His point is to stay in your comfort zone and slowly push its boundaries, otherwise we tend to get overwhelmed by the fear. I found the book compelling, not for any earth-shattering new ideas, but for its reminders and the positive energy of its message. Webb keeps things moving along with interesting stories and examples. My biggest criticism of the book is that he references the wild success of his current ventures as a testament to his approach to mastering fear but it is a glossy snapshot that gives little insight into what has certainly been a challenging path. This approach weakens his message a bit by skimming along that entrepreneurial surface. Overall, I think it was a good book and worth reading.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Barnabas

    Cool, no-BS book about steps of mastering fear (Decide, Rehearsing, Letting Go, Jumping off, Know what matters) . I loved the tone, the examples, the Navy Seals approach. In fact, I am intrigued to read further books from the author (e.g. Total Focus). Simple steps, illustrated in a straightforward manner. This is the kind of self help book that helps you face your weaknesses and act - in spite of your fear. Solid advice, that does not want to please you, but to motivate you by shining the light t Cool, no-BS book about steps of mastering fear (Decide, Rehearsing, Letting Go, Jumping off, Know what matters) . I loved the tone, the examples, the Navy Seals approach. In fact, I am intrigued to read further books from the author (e.g. Total Focus). Simple steps, illustrated in a straightforward manner. This is the kind of self help book that helps you face your weaknesses and act - in spite of your fear. Solid advice, that does not want to please you, but to motivate you by shining the light to the shady areas of your personality and usual behaviour. Follow this advice and to find yourself getting more things done. Loved it!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Abhi Yerra

    Decision Knowing and deciding that you want to overcome something Rehearsal Changing the mental message in your head when something you fear hits Expanding your understanding and comfort of the unknown. Letting Go You don’t jump into the unknown without increasing your circle of what is known. So after you practice you have to let go of the voice in your head or use it to change the question Jumping Off Letting go and don’t it. Knowing What Matters At the end of the day what matters to you? Why are you doi Decision Knowing and deciding that you want to overcome something Rehearsal Changing the mental message in your head when something you fear hits Expanding your understanding and comfort of the unknown. Letting Go You don’t jump into the unknown without increasing your circle of what is known. So after you practice you have to let go of the voice in your head or use it to change the question Jumping Off Letting go and don’t it. Knowing What Matters At the end of the day what matters to you? Why are you doing this?

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ara Pehlivanian

    Not a word of this book is wasted. From the first sentence to the last, Brandon Webb lays out a clear path to mastering the fear which holds us back. His advice is practical and grounded firmly in reality, supported throughout by an abundance of stories illustrating what happens as a result of either applying or choosing not to apply what he's teaching. I'll definitely be reading this book a few more times and I wholeheartedly recommend it. Not a word of this book is wasted. From the first sentence to the last, Brandon Webb lays out a clear path to mastering the fear which holds us back. His advice is practical and grounded firmly in reality, supported throughout by an abundance of stories illustrating what happens as a result of either applying or choosing not to apply what he's teaching. I'll definitely be reading this book a few more times and I wholeheartedly recommend it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bill Zoelle

    This was a tough book to rate. I found the stories interesting. There were several takeaways that I found enlightening. The book was also filled with a hefty amount of humble bragging and name dropping that did not seem to be in service to the reader. I'd challenge Brandon to let that stuff go. He clearly is a person who can overcome obstacles that would kill lesser humans. I don't think all that egocentric filler serves to assist the reader if that is the intention. A good editor could reshape This was a tough book to rate. I found the stories interesting. There were several takeaways that I found enlightening. The book was also filled with a hefty amount of humble bragging and name dropping that did not seem to be in service to the reader. I'd challenge Brandon to let that stuff go. He clearly is a person who can overcome obstacles that would kill lesser humans. I don't think all that egocentric filler serves to assist the reader if that is the intention. A good editor could reshape what is here into a more reader-focused resource.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly DuBrul

    I liked this book- it’s a great pep talk to get yourself over a hurdle of fear or obstacle that is stopping you - rational or irrational. He is not trying to address deep seeded mental challenges or trauma. Most people will be able to find this information useful. My only personal criticism is that there is a quote which contains ... Providence moves... which was attributed to another author, but is really a famous quote by Goethe.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Madalene

    Keep in mind that the personal stories in here may be embellished or twisted (searching online for the author will show you that he's not well thought of by many of his SEAL peers), but the overall messages are pretty good. In particular, knowing that the fear is going to be there, and that you are committing to going through it via decision, practicing, letting go, jumping off and remembering what matters. Enjoyable read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Foxtrot Romeo

    This book is a great inspirational read and a true page-turner. It's likely you'll want to highlight sentences, take notes, and come back on sections of the book after you read it once. I consider this book, with its practice points, as a field manual that I plan to refer whenever necessary. I particularly appreciate the bullet points at the end of each chapter; they are a useful way to summarize the key concepts and call to actions.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    Audiobook review: 2.5 stars because I found the narrator to be very arrogant in his reading (I know that won't make sense to many people). Book review: Some good insights are contained within. I could have done with less humble-bragging and stories where people overcame their fear only to become magic millionaires and billionaires (sometimes repeatedly). The first chapter is all one has to read to get 95% of the insights of the book, in my opinion.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Moonan

    As another review says, it's a self-help book and it's never wise to read a self-help book for new information. So, that. It's easy to read, and had a few parts I found resonant, buuuuut....there were a lot that I didn't or that felt unsatisfactory. I think part of why is highlighted in the whole learn-to-swim story that it's built around -- that's a really easy fear to tackle and address and problem solve and avoid the difficult complexities around fear.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marianne Pestana

    The most powerful book available on how to transform fear and move beyond what paralyzes, with counter-intuitive tactics developed from one of the toughest teams in the World. Mastering Fear offers innovative strategies with proven effectiveness both personally and professionally, making it a must read for anyone looking to lead with confidence, clarity and purpose.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Garland Vance

    One of my favorite books of the year! All of us are afraid of something. Fear can cripple you, or it can fuel you. Webb shares the four stages of mastering fear: Decision; Rehearsal; Letting Go; Jumping Off. He used these stages in his training as a Navy SEAL and in helping a friend who was terrified of water learn to swim. This is a very quick read, but it is profound in its insights.

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