Patrick Sweeney | Unlocking The Secrets of Fear and Performance, Olympic Level Athlete and Cancer Survivor

Patrick Sweeney

Unlocking The Secrets of Fear and Performance, Olympic Level Athlete and Cancer Survivor

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Patrick Sweeney

Patrick Sweeney is the son of a first generation Irish immigrant. He paid his way through college where he took up rowing. With just two years of experience, he decided to take on the world and try out for the USA Olympic team. Five years later, he finished second in the Olympic trials and won national and international championships in the process. But he could have been an Olympic Gold Medalist.

After the Olympics, Patrick attended a Top 5 business school where he would earn his MBA and go on to start one of the first cloud computing companies raising almost $30 million, winning great clients, and eventually selling the company. But the venture capitalist made most of the money.

He had skill and more than enough will. He was held prisoner by fear.

Then he almost died, and everything changed.

He bootstrapped a new company he sold for millions. He earned eight patents, published three books, started setting world records, and in 2018 won "the world's toughest bike race", the 3,000 mile long Race Across America. He started living the life of his dreams. He invested in dozens of start-ups from Slack to Y-Combinator and has been recognized by Presidents and rock stars for his contributions to charity and business. Once he discovered his Fear Frontier , Patrick unlocked a level of power, performance and happiness he never thought possible. He searched out the science behind why and how, and today his mission is to share the neuroscience of success and the power of fear with as many people as possible.

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The Surprising Power of Fear

This is Patrick’s award-winning keynote that Google’s European Headquarters called the best of 2017. Patrick covers the surprising ability to use the brain’s autonomic reactions as power and what the newest neuroscience on fear means for peak performance. This talk will have audiences thinking of fear in a whole new light and understanding the secret to peak mental and physical performance, and sustained long-term success. This is based on Patrick’s upcoming book Fear as Fuel

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Running Your Life and Career Like an Entrepreneur

Patrick goes back to his roots as an entrepreneur and angel investor and reveals the top five principles anyone can adopt to create successful companies, personal lives and careers.

Breaking the Rules in Life and Business

What if you knew which rules were holding you back and how to break them? Think of how your life would change if you had no ceiling on what you can accomplish. Patrick gives the principles that helped three of his companies dominate their field and crush the competition.

Creating A Culture of Courage

What holds most people back from their true potential isn’t lack of skill or lack of will, it’s fear.

The human brain is designed primarily for survival. This architecture interferes with our
happiness, success and fulfillment in all walks of life. In fact, at a typical industry conference
or sales kick-off, attendees learn so many new and exciting strategies, ones that could
dramatically change their business, yet only a fraction of attendees go back and implement
those new ideas. Many leaders fear failure, or are afraid of changing the status quo and
rocking the boat. Stagnant leaders live in a fearful culture where employees do things
because “that’s the way it’s always been done.” In this engaging presentation Patrick explains
why we get stuck in a prison of less-than-peak performance. Then he demonstrates tangible
neuroscience techniques that you can use immediately to increase your power, success, and
change every aspect of your life.

Imagine finishing second in the US Olympic trials in rowing, when you could have been a gold
medalist, or raising almost $30 million and creating the first cloud computing company only
to have your venture capitalist make all the money when it was sold, and worst of all needing
six cocktails just to get on a plane for a business trip, or not going at all. Fear locked Patrick
Sweeney in a prison of constant suffering until he met with the ultimate terror – the diagnosis
of a rare form of leukemia and a slim chance of survival. After beating the disease thanks to
talented doctors, cutting edge mental techniques learned at the Olympic training center, and
the grace of God, his whole life changed. He took flying lessons, and started another company,
then another, then set world records. Now a multimillionaire, commercially rated stunt pilot –
Patrick’s super power is courage and he’s used it to create the life of his dreams.

Today, his mission is to teach millions of people the superpower of courage. For his upcoming
book Fear as Fuel he interviewed more than 30 neuroscientists and psychologists and
learned the latest investigations on how the brain functions and the secrets of overcoming our
fear-based survival instincts. Patrick translates a vast continuum of scientific research into
practical tactics on how to live to your fullest potential, create super-successful businesses,
fulfilling relationships and raise courageous, happy children. Using fear as fuel you’ll begin to
confidently make the best decisions of your life and unleash a new level of power. His talk
gives you a sneak peak of what is sure to be a best seller.

Patrick was called one of the world’s most interesting men by Inc. Magazine and holds several
world records for attempting to cycle the Seven Summits. He won the 2018 Race Across
America (called the world’s toughest bike race) and he is the Chairman emeritus of Young
President’s Organization Sports & Entertainment Industry Network. He splits time with his
wife and three children between Boston, Massachusetts, Chamonix France and seat 21D.

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