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The Other Side of Fear


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Akshay has over 4K followers through social media and continuing to rapidly grow; his email list goes out to over 50K subscribers. Akshay has been interviewed on CNN and has been a contributor to His promotional plans include growing and engaging his online platform as well as reaching out to media. Initial media outlets include:

  • Radio 710 AM WOR, 770 AM WABC, 880 AM WCBS
  • Podcasts School of Greatness, The Daily Boost, Life is a Marathon
  • Blogs The Positivity Blog, ToughMotivation, Everyday Power Blog
  • Newspapers The Star Ledger, The New Jersey Herald, Jersey Journal
  • Magazines Success Magazine, Life Positive Mag, The Optimist Mag
  • About the Author

    Akshay Nanavati is a Marine Corps Veteran, speaker, adventurer, and entrepreneur. After overcoming a lifestyle of drug addiction that killed two of his friends in high school, Akshay enlisted in the Marines despite two doctors telling him boot camp would kill him because of a blood disorder he was born with. He not only survived, but graduated infantry school as the honor graduate in his platoon. In 2007, he was deployed to Iraq where one of his jobs was to walk out in front of vehicle convoys to find Improvised Explosive Devices before they could be used to kill him and his fellow Marines. After returning from the war, he was diagnosed with PTSD and struggled with alcohol addiction that pushed him to the brink of suicide. Dissatisfied with outside treatment, he healed himself and has since pushed his limits in the most hostile, and awe-inspiring environments on the planet, from climbing mountains in the Himalayas to scuba diving into underwater caves to dragging a 190 pound sled 350 miles across the second largest icecap in the world in temperatures as low as -40 degrees. After quitting a corporate job, he then built a global business helping people live limitless lifestyles. His work helps fund his nonprofit, the Fearvana Foundation. Akshay and his work have been featured in places like CNN, Fast Company,, Forbes, INC, Runners World, Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS, The Washington Post, Military Times and many other media outlets around the world.


    "Fearvana is a goldmine for successful people, who inevitably encounter fear, stress and anxiety as they take on big challenges. Akshay Nanavati makes a compelling case that we have much to gain by accepting and even embracing our fears instead of shutting them out. Only then can we fulfill our potential." - Marshall Goldsmith, Executive coach, business educator and New York Times bestselling author, ranked the number one leadership thinker in the world by Thinkers 50

    "This is not the standard personal development book you are used to. Every chapter is packed with a wealth of inspiring stories cutting-edge insights and practical takeaways that finally reveal the secrets of what it really takes to change behavior. Fearvana is without a doubt, one of the few books that really does stand out as a must read book." - Jack Canfield, coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul (R) series, Dare to Win and The Success Principles (TM)

    "Counterintuitive, practical and potentially life-changing, Akshay's book wants to rewire the way you look at fear." - Seth Godin, author of Linchpin

    "Out of the ashes of combat and trauma, Akshay Nanavati has written a gripping, hopeful, helpful book combining cutting edge neuroscience, solid tools from mindfulness and psychology, and his own hard-won personal wisdom. A treat and a gem." - Rick Hanson, Ph.D., author of Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence

    "If your fear, stress, or anxiety are standing in the way of having the life you want, then read this powerful book. It will show you how to make those feelings work for you rather than against you. Filled with inspiring stories, in-depth research and actionable takeaways, Fearvana will guide you to create a life of greater happiness and success." - Marci Shimoff, #1 New York Times bestselling author, Happy for No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul

    "Life is meant to be lived beyond the edge of our comfort zone. That is where we find happiness, evolve into our greatest self and come alive. In a profound and masterful way, Fearvana will teach you how to uncover the hidden reserves of courage that you never knew you had. This is your manual for thriving in the unknown." - Sebastian Copeland, award-winning photographer and one of the world's top 50 adventurers.

    "It's one thing to preach about turning adversity into strengths. It's another to come back from the brink of death and despair actually stronger, then build a clear, step-by-step process for anyone to understand and transform fear and and anxiety. Well researched, powerful, and clearly written, this book is a goldmine for finding enduring courage and greater contentment." - Jaimal Yogis, author of The Fear Project and All Our Waves Are Water

    "Akshay Nanavati writes with power and conviction. He is a man that has been through more struggle and suffering then most of us will ever know. Yet through it all he has remained resolute, developing a remarkable resiliency. The lessons he imparts in Fearvana are timeless wisdom's that serve to better all of mankind." - Dean Karnazes, ultramarathoner and New York Times bestselling author

    "We waste too much of our lives on fear. Akshay Nanavati offers a persuasive and evidence based set of guidelines for taking back control and optimizing for your true goals." - David Rowan, editor, WIRED Magazine

    "This book is unlike anything you have ever read before. It will inspire you, challenge you, educate you, and it might even shock you, but one thing is for sure, it will transform you. Do yourself a favor and pick up this book today!" - Steve Olsher, New York Times bestselling author of What Is Your WHAT? and host of the #1 rated radio show/podcast, Reinvention Radio

    "Akshay Nanavati will change the way you think about fear and by doing so change your life for the better." - Cal Newport, author of Deep Work

    "Fear is an emotional response to risk that often leads to self doubt and despondency. Akshay Nanavati's Fearvana is an effective personal guide to understand and overcome the many aspects of fear psychosis - a must read for all risk takers in this new age of start ups where stress-related failure is inherent." - Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Biotech entrepreneur and one of Forbes' 100 most powerful women in the world

    "A deeply personal journey of struggles, survival and ultimate triumph through harnessing the power of fear! Fearvana provides a very insightful roadmap on how to gain back self Identity and personal happiness by conquering fear, anxiety and stress. It is destined to become a best seller!" - Jagdish N. Sheth, Professor of Business, Emory University

    "In his extraordinary book Fearvana, Akshay Nanavati not only sheds light on the science of fear - what it is and why we need it - he outlines a roadmap for transforming fear into fuel. Imminently readable and highly recommended, this is a great book for anyone who wants to take life to the next level." - Libby Gill, Executive Coach, Leadership Expert, and author of You Unstuck

    "No matter how bad your life seems, you can still experience bliss. Fearvana shows you how." - Charlie Hoehn, author of Play It Away: A Workaholic's Cure for Anxiety

    "Akshay Nanavati has written an exciting book that reshapes your greatest fears into love and meaning. You are stronger than you think-Find out how in Fearvana." - Deborah Sandella Ph.D., RN, #1 International Bestselling author of Goodbye Hurt & Pain, 7 Simple Steps to Health, Love and Success.

    "Whether it is fitness, running a business, writing a book, or any area of life, Akshay understands the fundamental truth that the mind is primary when it comes to accomplishing goals. By applying the lessons learned in Fearvana you will be able to harness the power of your mind and be able to overcome any challenge or obstacle that stands in your way." - Bobby Maximus, bestselling author & Executive Director Of Gym Jones

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