51: David Mast, Facing Fear


David Mast faces his fears head-on. Don’t miss his powerful pointers for facing your fears too, this week on Now I See.


I worked to overcome my fear of heights by climbing to the top of the silo literally every single night, just to prove to myself I could do it.

Fears can keep you safe, or they can cripple you and get in the way of accomplishing something important.

Fear might still be in the back of your head, but it doesn’t have to cripple you. When you understand yourself and why you’re fearful of things, it can really help think through things so that they don’t hold you back.

It’s OK if you make mistakes. I want you to make mistakes because that’s the way you learn.

You’re scared. It’s 100% OK. Your fear has value. There’s a reason you’re scared of this. It’s a natural response; it’s a good thing. And there are ways to conquer this.

The reason you’re not having fun, and the reason you feel like you’re failing is because you’re doing it for the wrong reason. You’re doing it for yourself. Just change the reason you’re doing it.

When I say I’m conquering fears, I haven’t actually conquered them (as in, ‘they’re not my fears anymore and I made them go away’); I’ve just learned to not allow them to cripple me. I conquer them to the effect they’re not the thing that runs my life.

It’s not going to do much good to face a fear until you know why. This purpose is more important than the fears you have. Once you have a sense of purpose, you have a reason to conquer your fears.

Identify your fear and start chipping away at it. It doesn’t have to be dramatic. Take small steps and build on that, and focus on your end goal.


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