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Mastering Fear: A Navy SEAL's Guide

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  173 ratings  ·  23 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 221 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Portfolio
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The Real Book Spy
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
"You're never safe."

I can't tell you how much I needed to read that. That quote is, for me, the absolute core of Mastering Fear. I took a lot of notes while I read this, and pulled a lot of quotes, but in the end, it really all boils down to that. We are never safe and fear never really goes away, so we simply have to do our best and act.

I'm certain that every concept in this book has been said before in many ways; that's sort of the nature of self-help books. It's almost never new advice. So fi
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
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 ...more
Aman Mittal
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
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
Angela Chiu
Oct 15, 2018 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Kimberly  DuBrul
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Jacob A.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-growth
"Safety is an Illusion" This takes the cake for best book of 2018 for me. Brandon is straight to the point and with concrete stories that hit you, and you can't help but just yell to the top of your lungs exclaiming "I CAN DO THIS!" I started taking boxing because of this because simply "Safety is an Illusion." So let's use fear to our advantage and take our life into our own hands. Thank you, Brandon Webb for this valuable life lesson.
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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!
Scott Wozniak
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great mix of blunt challenge and encouragement. I don't agree with him about the inevitability of fear at times like the end of life (I don't fear death at all, thanks to how God has entered my life), but I appreciated his clarity and motivation around the process of facing our fears and deciding to move forward.
David James
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Marianne Pestana
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business-books
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.
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.
Gil Bradshaw
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you are a Navy SEAL and you write a book then I will definitely buy it. You can take that to the bank.

This book talks about why we have fear and how to face fear head on and how fear can help you in life. We can use fear to our advantage.
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-development
This book definitely gave me a different way to look at fear in my own life. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone living with an overabundance of fear and anxiety in their lives.
Dec 10, 2018 rated it liked it
A good introduction for those who need help mastering their reactive emotions.
Stevo Brock
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Mastering Fear" was Stevo's Business Book of the Week for the week of 8/26, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet.
Mario Morales
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think I learned that there are layers with fear. There is so much room for improvement. I will never look at a pool the same way again.
Sara Goldenberg
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
It was well written but didn’t really impart any useful knowledge
Devon Aguirre
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is another book of just get over it. Not really anything new. The author continues the trend of self help books to just rant and rave about getting over it.
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Actually, this was excellent.
Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
Good book, nice take to the concept of fear
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