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Fear.less Magazine SEPTEMBER 2010

Fear.less Magazine SEPTEMBER 2010

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Check out Oscar winners, yogis, and September 11th survivors stories of overcoming fear in the September issue of Fear.less. Fear.less Magazine is the premiere online magazine dedicated to stories of overcoming fear. With stories ranging from CEO's, top business leaders, artists, entrepreneurs, students, activists, to survivors of extreme experiences, Fear.less magazine shares lessons and tools to empower yourself against your fear. Read their stories. Take Action. Be Fear.less.
Check out Oscar winners, yogis, and September 11th survivors stories of overcoming fear in the September issue of Fear.less. Fear.less Magazine is the premiere online magazine dedicated to stories of overcoming fear. With stories ranging from CEO's, top business leaders, artists, entrepreneurs, students, activists, to survivors of extreme experiences, Fear.less magazine shares lessons and tools to empower yourself against your fear. Read their stories. Take Action. Be Fear.less.

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You must haveenough confidencein yourself to know you’ll get there...”
 
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You’re given the unlimited right to print and distribute this magazine and we encourage you to share it. Youmay not alter this in any way though, and you may not charge for it or for any of the content. The copyrightin this work belongs to the publishers, who are solely responsible for the content. All images used withpermission of contributors. Please send feedback or questions toinfo@fearlessstories.com. To subscribeto the magazine for free, go tohttp://www.fearlessstories.com.
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fear.less magazine is built on our contributors time, wisdom, and generosity. Gracious thanks to them. Weespecially thank Brian Clark and Karen Preziosi for sharing their moving stories on September 11th.
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In matters of style, swim withthe current; in matters ofprinciple, stand like a rock.
Thomas Jefferson
There is no right way. Let’s start off with
that. Fall is right around the corner (“sum-
mer with a kiss of fall,” a friend put it) and
with the seasonal change so with it comes my
personal desire to shed old habits and createnew grooves in my brain. Happy grooves. Thisseason of change brings relief, and I’m gladfor it. What I’ve noticed in the latest “season”of my life (being a New Yorker, publishing amagazine, working with inspired and creativepeople, pushing myself and getting pushedback) is that there is no right way.There’s no right way to be an entrepreneur(particularly lovely to know), no right wayto publish a never before published maga
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zine on a touchy topic, no right way (thatI’ve heard) to balance work and personal life,no right way to organize, no right way to docrunches for awesome abs, no right phraseto seal the deal. I’ve had all these thoughts
in varying degrees in the last year (some sil-
ly, some major) but nonetheless I’ve thought
them all.
That’s important.It shows just how often we evaluate eve
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ry part of our lives, no matter how small orhuge, based on a “right” way. We’re indoc
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trinated by well-meaning friends and family,
and not so well-intentioned media that show
us, very specifically, the right way to feel,dress, smell, BE.And let’s not forget another culprit – you andI. We listen to everyone but ourselves, anddrown out our intuition by searching for an
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swers to questions we’re not even sure we’reasking. We lose trust in our abilities, ourskills. We forget that we already know what
is right.
I’m (clearly) not the Dalai Lama, but I’vedone my fare share of searching, and thoughwe usually shy away from general lessonsin fear.less, I want to share with you whatworks for me. Take what you like and tossthe rest. (Repeat, rest, repeat): THERE IS NORIGHT WAY. TRUST YOUR INTENTIONS & DE
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CISIONS. BE WARY OF ALL GENERAL ADVICE.STOP SEARCHING. LEARN (from others. FROMYOURSELF), JUST DO THINGS. SO WHAT. MIS
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TAKES MATTER, MAKE THEM A LOT.Not very lama-esque. But Ishita-esque. Itfeels like me, and as the seasons change andI get more comfortable in my own skin, I re
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alize how nice it is to not just be in my ownskin, but occupy it. Feels good, man.In nature there is no right way. A tree isn’t abush and it doesn’t care about being one. Abush isn’t a squirrel nor does it want to be. Asquirrel doesn’t want to be a fig (nyc squir
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rels will tell you so damnit!) Fall reminds menot to wish for a different way, but to acceptthe way that’s unfolding in the moment (toget Buddhist on you.)Our contributors in this issue faced their ownquestions about how to do it, whether it wascreating an Oscar-winning film (Alex Gibney),facing his deepest fears in strict ashram life(Tom Kelly) or quitting his job to uncover hiscreative side (Michael Paterson.)It wasn’t easy (is it ever, really?), no doubtthey were laughed at, told they couldn’t doit, but in fact doing things their way broughtthem to the success they’re known for now.Being this awesome doesn’t come from just
doing things the right way.
Keep reading to find more courageous folks
in this issue and as we change with the sea-
sons (I think that’s all of us), please sharefear.less with anyone who needs to hear that
their way is the right way.
It’ll produce some really happy grooves.xo Ishita
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At last a 'thinker magazine,' that helps direct a path through life by pointing out when it comes to the laws of life, "its better to roll with the pushes," and not get hung up worrying about people calling you a bug, because your teacher says, "very good Grasshopper."

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