I have interviewed scores of authors about their books for the Kindle Chronicles podcast, but I can’t remember a book that has excited me as much as the one that you will hear about on next week’s show, TKC 236. The author is Jaimal Yogis, and his new book is The Fear Project: What Our Most Primal Emotion Taught Me About Survival, Success, Surfing…and Love.
The Fear Project offers practical, science-based tools for reducing the amount of fear in one’s life. Yogis is an accomplished journalist and surfer who decided to investigate what neuroscience has learned about fear, because he had hit a fear-blocked place in his own life. The resulting exploration might have been just one more Gladwellian romp of smart people explaining their smart ideas, but Yogis wisely took a different path through the material. He wove in his own story, his own fears overcome in long-distance frigid sea swimming, surfing and–scariest of all–committing to a relationship.
I hope you will click here and download a sample of the book, the better to gain further insight into this remarkable young man’s journey. I will post the episode in advance of Darlene’s and my four days on St. John, USVI, so it will go live Friday morning, February 8. You might also want to check out Yogis’s first book, The Saltwater Buddha: A Surfer’s Quest to Find Zen on the Sea.
I am also excited about this week’s interview with eBook visionary Peter Meyers, for TKC 235, recorded at the recent Digital Book World conference in New York City. His project is, alas, not available on Kindle or Kindle Fire yet, but if you have an iPad or other iOS device, you might want to check out the creative offerings at the Citia platform.
I will close with this passage from The Fear Project:
Our early brain hardware worked so well over the last few hundred million years that, as we evolved, we retained many of those old brain parts in there and added more and more cool tricks, more neocortex. Fear is part of that very, very early hardware. And though the old hardware and its new upgrades sync up pretty well–“the brain is a symphony of cooperation,” as [Sian] Beilock later put it to me–occasionally there are technical difficulties.