Hello my friends, today my guest is Akshay Nanavati – author of Fearvana: The Revolutionary Science of How to Turn Fear into Health, Wealth, and Happiness. In this book, Akshay defines Fearvana as the bliss that results from engaging our fears to pursue our own worthy struggle.
Akshay has lived in Bombay, Bangalore, Singapore, Austin, and Eden Prairie, Minnesota because, hey, why not? So in this interview he shares his experiences, what he’s done with his life, including joining the Marine Corps, where he spent time sweeping in front of vehicle convoys to find explosives. He’s skydived, mountain biked, scuba dived, rock climbed, ice climbed, anything he says that forced him to face his fears.
In the Forward to his book, the Dalai Lama writes (and I love this, I get to quote the Dalai Lama), he says, “his book Fearvana inspires us to look beyond our own agonizing experiences suggesting means for overcoming our fears. I appreciate his sincerity and hope that others will find reason and the encouragement to see the positive side of their lives.” This interview is one that I think you’ll find pretty interesting.
00:03:37 – What’s life about?
00:08:37 – Asking the Dalai Lama for his blessing
00:11:15 – The Ethos of Fearvana
00:23:58 – Two guys volunteering Marine Corps style
00:37:32 – Your past is a lie
0042:04 – Seven days in darkness
00:59:27 – The lightning round
01:07:57 – The writing process