How to Become Decisive In the Face of Paralyzing Fear | Colin O’Brady on Impact Theory

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How does a regular person with fears and doubts go from abject failure to breaking world records? Colin O’Brady suffered a critical injury so bad that a doctor told him he would probably never walk properly again. So, he climbed Mount Everest. And he became the first person to do what was thought impossible–cross Antarctica alone and unaided. On this week’s episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, watch as Colin O’Brady explains how he deals with fears, doubts, and competitiveness, and how he uses objectivity about it all to his advantage.


Colin explains what inspires him to take extreme risks [2:42] Colin describes the connection between being an artist and an athlete [4:30] Colin talks about how his self-narrative kept him going [7:51] Colin describes his relationship to fear [13:32] Colin defines the most important skill he needed to cross Antarctica alone [18:30] Colin describes the real experience of meditation [20:33] Colin explains why he doesn’t have a negative interpretation of his experiences [27:00] Colin illustrates his own competitive drive and how he cultivates it [35:00] Colin describes his conception of death [42:00] Colin shares the impact he wants to have on the world [49:00]

“We are the story we tell ourselves.” [8:16] “My biggest fear is bottoming out at that plateau of comfortable complacency.” [46:30] “The fear is not death specifically. The curiosity is how can I live my life so that I’m…not hedging so much against death that I don’t fully live.” [47:26]


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