Some Nerve

Some Nerve

Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave

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One woman's quest to conquer her fears and embrace life'and to inspire others to do the same Patty Chang Anker grew up eager to please and afraid to fail. But after thirty-nine years, she decided it was time to stop being a chicken. Motivated initially to become a better role model for her two young daughters, she vowed to face the fears that had taken root like weeds, choking the fun and spontaneity out of life. She learned to dive into a swimming pool, ride a bike, do a handstand, and surf. As she shared her experiences, she discovered that most people suffer from their own secret terrors'of driving, flying, heights, public speaking, and more. It became her mission to help others do what they thought they couldn't, and to feel for themselves the powerful sense of being alive that is the true reward of becoming brave. Inspired and inspiring, Some Nerve draws on Anker's interviews with teachers, therapists, coaches, and clergy to impart both practical advice and profound wisdom. Through her own journey and the stories of dozens of others who have triumphed over common fears, she conveys with humor and infectious exhilaration the most vital lesson of all: Fear isn't an end point, but the point of entry to a life of incomparable joy. FEARS INCLUDE: Aging, Becoming Boring, Biking, Breaking bones, Bullies, Chaos, Clutter, Cold, Control (loss of), Crime, Death, Driving, Exercise, Failure, Flying, Heights, Letting go, Looking dumb, Math, Nature (esp. sharks), P.E., Pleasure, Public Speaking, Public toilets, Rejection, Roller coasters, Success, Surfing, Tubing, Unemployment, Unknown, Water, Writing. And Wedgies.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2013
ISBN: 9781101632161
110163216X
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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sn6177nr May 20, 2014

While reading this I initially felt I had nothing to gain, because the fears she discussed are different from my own. I decided to read on, and eventually had the courage to looked into myself more deeply and actively search for my fears, thinking of concrete ways to confront them, using the stories as a guide.

It was in that moment that I found that this book is excellent for both those who feel fearless, and those who may feel crippled by fear. The stories Chang tells are motivational, and if you are willing to listen you will find this book to be a call for all of us to get out of our comfort zones and pursue life long growth.

Nice insights about parenting, yoga, womanhood, and just plain being an adult in general!

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