Akshay Nanavati

435: Find Your Edges, Engage Your Fear – A Radical Approach to Wisdom

How many of us do everything we can to avoid pain and suffering? It’s a natural response, deeply ingrained to protect ourselves. But what if we didn’t run from suffering, and actively engaged and encouraged it to create meaning and purpose in our lives?

That’s the philosophy of Akshay Nanavati – Iraqi war veteran, entrepreneur, extreme athlete, and author of Fearvana: The Revolutionary Science of How to Turn Fear Into Health, Wealth and Happiness. His unique take comes out of his military experience – his struggles with PTSD, alcoholism and debilitating depression – and he combines that personal story with neuroscience, religion, philosophy and tools for designing an amazing life.

He’s told his powerful and compelling story to us before, and in this conversation, he takes us deeper into what it means to have a positive relationship with suffering, and the methods he uses to get there.

Akshay takes us through the preparation for what will be his most daring endeavor yet: a 110 day, 1700 mile flat-ski trek across one of the most — if not the most — unforgiving environments on Earth: Antarctica. It’s never been done before. And he’s doing it alone.

Akshay’s story and the insights he’s uncovered make for an exciting and thought-provoking conversation. You won’t want to miss it.

NOW… To embark on this epic journey, Akshay needs some support. Let’s come together as a community and help Akshay out! I’d love for you to consider supporting Akshay by donating to his project – myself and the FM team will be supporting as well. Let’s show up and get this across the finish line! No one does it alone!


“You can listen to a podcast, read a book all you want, but the arena is where the wisdom lies. You have to go into the arena and that’s where the wisdom, the growth, the awakening and the bliss are. That is the human experience.”

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