Patrick Sweeney is the son of a first generation Irish immigrant. He paid his way through college where he took up rowing. With just two years of experience, he decided to take on the world and try out for the USA Olympic team. Five years later, he finished second in the Olympic trials and won national and international championships in the process. But he could have been an Olympic Gold Medalist.
After the Olympics, Patrick attended a Top 5 business school where he would earn his MBA and go on to start one of the first cloud computing companies raising almost $30 million, winning great clients, and eventually selling the company. But the venture capitalist made most of the money.
He had skill and more than enough will. He was held prisoner by fear.
Then he almost died, and everything changed.
He bootstrapped a new company he sold for millions. He earned eight patents, published three books, started setting world records, and in 2018 won “the world’s toughest bike race”, the 3,000 mile long Race Across America. He started living the life of his dreams. He invested in dozens of start-ups from Slack to Y-Combinator and has been recognized by Presidents and rock stars for his contributions to charity and business. Once he discovered his Fear Frontier™, Patrick unlocked a level of power, performance and happiness he never thought possible. He searched out the science behind why and how, and today his mission is to share the neuroscience of success and the power of fear with as many people as possible. You can read his story below:
“There are times in your life when you have to make a change. Those times of change become milestone moments that alter everything. You get a glimpse of what life could be if you reached inside and tamed your fears to become the person you were meant to be.
For years, I worked hard building technology companies that would earn me millions. I was grinding out 75-hour weeks, pushing my body to the limits and feeling exhausted. Mostly, I just didn’t like who I was becoming, I was always second-guessing, always worried. I still had many deep-seated fears I was avoiding or numbing out. The day I stepped out of a hospital, having fought for my life against a rare case of Leukaemia and almost losing it, I had my milestone moment. I felt the wind for the first time and took the opportunity to stop and think, “What the hell am I doing with my life?” Things changed from that moment and courage became my super-power. Today, I chase adventure for a living and help others use fear to transform their life. Yes, that’s right. I’m a full time adventurer. The day I started taking steps to find my hidden fears, I unlocked a passion and energy for life that I never knew. I found courage.
I’ve seen too many people spend a lifetime working for the weekend and saying, "I wish I could do that, but I can’t.” Only you can change the story you tell yourself and find adventure in your life. In fact, you need to do it for yourself, for your kids and for the people in your life that matter the most. Every year, I speak to countless people longing to feel an energy and zeal for life. I don’t believe that we need to give up things like money, career or business to find the joy that evades us but so many of us spend a lifetime chasing goals that won’t make us happy and never facing the fears that hold us back. We can have it all but we need to face our demons, use our fear as fuel and become the truest representation of ourselves.
I’ve been an Olympic level athlete and best selling author. I’ve grown technology companies and sold them for millions, I’ve done TEDx talks to thousands. But right now; this very day, I’m living my life to its fullest, exploring the adventurer within, breaking world records and embracing every day as if it were my last. I want to help others do the same, and become better partners, parents and people.
The way I see it – it takes courage and accountability. At times finding our fears within may feel weird and scary…but so does sex for the first time, and look how that turned out! I’m Patrick Sweeney…and I’m a full time adventurer.”