by Matt on May 3, 2010

Today we released Issue One of fear.less magazine, the first online magazine dedicated to stories of overcoming fear.

Are you ready for your fears to tremble in their boots? Are you ready to learn from the inspiring stories of those who have come before you? Are you ready to pay absolutely nothing for it?

Read about Mawi Asgedom as he recounts his journey from Ethiopia to Harvard. The way Mawi keeps his head up above the dark surface of personal tragedy is truly inspiring. He speaks sensitively and with hope. Mawi’s story encapsulates everything we love about fear.less – moving candor and the ability to overcome suffering.

Read about how Alison Wright never gave up – not on her photography career when sometimes the industry made no sense, and not on her dream of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro after surviving a bus crash. Her story will empower you to overcome obstacles and perhaps help change your attitude toward adversity.

Dr. Bernard Lown gives eye-opening perspective on a variety of topics ranging from doubt to death. He worked up the courage to act and through his story, hopefully you’ll be able to as well. Dr. Lown’s story is one of my personal favorites.

We’re honored to share with you Howard Zinn’s take on fear’s role in the American culture and his experience working in the civil rights movement in the 1960s. His recent passing reminds us of the strength, courage, and generosity with which he lived his life.

Danielle LaPorte’s story is an observation on the relationship between fear and our economy, and a recalling of an ultimately triumphant personal journey by a woman who I greatly admire.

I feel that there is no wrong way to read Fear.less. If you are suddenly invigorated and driven to buy a lasso and start grabbing life by the horns, that’s great. If you need to sit down for a while and quietly digest it and perhaps rotate the kaleidoscope of your perspective, that’s great too. I have felt both of these.

There is a lot of pain, doubt, sadness and pessimism in the world. I have felt it, you have felt it, our contributors have felt it. That’s why this launch is exciting. This is a message that we believe in. We think these stories can empower people to chip away at their fears. Fear.less is something we’ve put our heart into and allowed to challenge and change us, so sharing it with you is pretty exciting.

Download it and let us know what you think. Enjoy.

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kd May 6, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Good topic.

Reading Jaron Lanier’s “You are not a gadget” – esp regarding micro publishing as a possible way for creative people to exist in the web sphere

Jake May 6, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Seth Godin put you on blast in a blog article and now I see why! Really good stuff to get my morning started. fearlessstories.com was just added to my Google Reader. Cheers!


VigilantJon May 6, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Thank you Seth Godin for sending me here! Just read the first issue. Great context and content! As an IT change agent and parent, I deal with fear everyday – both in my own actions, my family, and helping those deal with the fear of change and risk. Thank you for the consolidated and mindful insight.

Cat Stewart May 6, 2010 at 1:01 pm

I read about this magazine from Seth Godin’s blog today.
This is excellent, awesome work.
This is how information should be represented.
The piece by/on Howard Zinn was very cool. I will miss him and his charming smile dearly.
I can’t wait for the next edition.

Kelly Nowlin May 6, 2010 at 1:06 pm

This is a great topic. Something I was just talking about this morning. We all have fear in us. Do we let it run our lives, or do we get inspired? Your micro magazine will be inspiring to many. Great work!

Diego Borin Reeberg May 6, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Already reading it, it’s amazing!
I’ll share fear.less with everyone I can reach here in Brazil.
Congratulations on the initiative.

Nigel Alston May 6, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Just read about you on Seth’s blog. Good stuff.

Nigel Alston May 6, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Just read about you on Seth’s blog.

Virginia Hopkins May 6, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Great concept, given that the mission of the major media these days seems to be to constantly instill fear in the reader/viewer in order to prompt us to “buy in.”

You might be interested in the “Dear Reader” editorial on my website about how the media manipulates our emotions:

Virginia Hopkins
Editor, Virginia Hopkins Health Watch

Katherine SOLO dot MOM May 6, 2010 at 1:51 pm

The magazine is just dang cool. The content is worthy of your time; and the layout and dimensions are very well done.

Impressed, to say the least.

Susan Lester May 6, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Like Cat, I heard about you e-zine from Seth Godin’s blog. It is an amazing piece of journalistic and graphic design work and provides a valuable contribution in these chaotic times filled with unease and uncertainty.

I particulary enjoyed the article about Mawi Asgedom’s journey. I am an All-But-Dissertation (ABD) doctoral student from California Lutheran University’s Educational Leadership program. I wanted to write my dissertation on the spiritual aspect of leadership, but was told that no one would want to talk about that (at a Christian university!). Consequently, after the 3rd attempt at presenting my research proposal, I was told to transform it into a piece of work I no longer recognized, or felt any passion for.

It is re-affirming, and lovely, to see real world examples of the strength people gather through their faith that allows them to persist, overcome fear, and succeed. This was precisely my point. Most effective leaders have endured hardship, set-backs, and failure, but have moved through them via their faith.

I will absolutely subscribe to this timely, professional, and thought-provoking magazine!

Keep up the great work!

Darlene Webb May 6, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Just read about your magazine on Seth’s blog–glad to meet you.

TheGirlPie May 6, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Wow! Thanks to Seth for the alert,
and congrats to the Fear.Less Gang —
You couldn’ta picked a more PERFECT Cover Girl than
Danielle LePorte ~ you just told me everything I need to know about why to subscribe.

Cool, break a leg, guys.

Your reader,
~ GirlPie

Mary Anne Dorward May 6, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Clay and Ishita!

Congratulations on your Fearless launch! It’s very exciting and you have both done a masterful job on this first issue! I’m so proud of you both and look forward to many more wonderful and thought provoking issues!

Warmly from Mary Anne Dorward, Speaking To Win

Richard Pelletier, Freelance Copywriter May 6, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Thank god for people like you. Impressed by your undertaking. Best wishes. I will be submitting. For a great “happening right now” story of fear and fearlessness, see Jessica Watson – 16 year old who is just about to complete a solo, unassisted circumnavigation of the globe in a 34′ sailboat. Alone. Incredible story. Cheers! Richard Pelletier

Richard Ferris May 6, 2010 at 5:41 pm

Thanks to Seth Goding for linking me here! Loved the layout, feel, and ease of navigation! This certainly could be the wave of the future for onlnie magazines! Loved the richness of it, and the fact there were no Google ads mucking up the content!

Kelly May 6, 2010 at 8:24 pm

I love your magazine!!! It has awesome content, and is wonderful that so may successful people are sharing so deeply their fears and how they have overcome them. Very inspirational. As for the design and layout – LOVE IT!!! Easy to navigate and I love reading in the familiar column format, but without having to scroll up/down the page. Great job! Thanks for this amazing magazine. I’ve subscribed and can’t wait for the next issue to show up in my email box!

Matt May 6, 2010 at 11:41 pm

thanks everybody. it is really excellent to read your comments. fear.less getting spread to other countries is always cool, and so are story suggestions. and everything else. i mean wow.

Mia Jane May 7, 2010 at 4:03 am

What a gift. Thank you. Beautiful,readable and shareable. I’m a fan. Can’t wait till next month.

olga May 7, 2010 at 5:35 am


Leasa Mayer May 7, 2010 at 9:16 am

WOW. Fantastic! 2010 is the year I STOP living with fear as my primary motivator, and your magazine is going to be a big help on that journey. Thank you so much for rising above your own fears to get it out here. Good luck to you!

jorge deflon May 7, 2010 at 11:27 am

Great idea and execution.
good luck

Maggie May 7, 2010 at 12:29 pm

A favorite quote “leap and the net will appear”. Thanks for encouraging us to think. Think outside the box. Think beyond what we perceive as limitations. So many have so much to share. It takes courage. With courage comes change.

Güley May 7, 2010 at 4:47 pm

How wonderful that I came across your magazine! I absolutely loved it! I read it all at one go and can’t wait to read the following issues.

Marlene May 7, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Brilliant! Seth’s blog sent me here as well and I’m so glad I came. A beautifully thought out, artistically presented zine. You’ve raised the bar for all of us, thank you.

Robert May 7, 2010 at 6:35 pm

I love the idea of your on line magazine and am repulsed by the comment “Howard Zinn’s take on fear’s role in the American culture and his experience working in the civil rights movement in the 1960s. His recent passing reminds us of the strength, courage, and generosity with which he lived his life.”

I believe Zinn’s dedicated efforts to reduce my personal freedom and destroy the US Constitution to be truly evil. He certainly was not generous to people who love the United States of America and what it has stood for and contributed to the world.

Joe Tye May 7, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Fear is a reaction, courage is a decision. Great magazine!

Isabelle May 8, 2010 at 8:41 am

What a genius idea ! So many of us do not act because of fear. If fear was not in the way, we will all live a very fulfilling life.
I am so glad Seth told me about your blog.
Thank you.

Nelson May 9, 2010 at 12:53 am

Fear is living in Chihuahua. Fear (less) is leaving Chihuahua.

Ron May 9, 2010 at 8:30 am

Very much looking forward to more articles – excellent idea and fills a real need!

Shann May 10, 2010 at 10:40 am

Dwain DeVille made me aware of your blog and magazine. Love your what you are up to! Thank you.

jim josselyn May 10, 2010 at 12:41 pm

I just recently conquered a serious fear of flying. I used will power, relaxation techniques and I just did it.

Matt May 10, 2010 at 10:24 pm

well done! your personal statistic of “things you have in common with muhammad ali” has increased by 1.

relaxation is so… invigorating. you know what i mean.

Julia Lazar May 11, 2010 at 2:39 am

Just found you guys from Seth’s blog…cool!
Keep it up…I’ll keep reading.

Robert May 11, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Can’t wait to read this!

Zelda Snow May 11, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Go fear-less!!!

Anthea Carboni May 12, 2010 at 6:49 am

How good to read about fear – it’s such a prevalent part of our makeup and yet so much energy is spent focussing on how to feel good or make lots of money. I appreciate knowing that there are people who spend time exploring the deeper things in life and putting it out there for others ot read. Well done on your magazine!

Bobbie May 12, 2010 at 10:39 pm

You have no idea how much I needed (do I dare say I need something?) to read this tonight. I cannot wait for your next installment/post/e-publication/e-issue? Whatever someone coins it, I can’t wait.

Matt May 12, 2010 at 11:21 pm

you do dare say you need it. need is a good word when you have what you need. it drips with energy.

i hope you enjoy it. also, we call them issues.

Bill Jones May 13, 2010 at 9:23 am

Very cool. Look forward to more!

Naveen Thomas May 18, 2010 at 5:15 am

Hello people at fear.less,

I look forward to reading your micro-mag.

For all it’s worth, keep on being fear.less


Mel Clifford May 30, 2010 at 5:01 am

Well Done and best wishes with your new magazine, very articles looking forward to mare Kind Regards Mel Clifford

Mel Clifford May 30, 2010 at 5:04 am

Whats the missing word? – excellent
Mel Clifford

adverse credit remortgage June 22, 2010 at 8:54 am

I’ve really enjoyed reading your articles. Thanks!

Jesusita Piatt September 23, 2010 at 1:27 pm

I have to say that I really enjoy this blog. I felt compelled to drop a comment and say what a awesome job you’ve done. I wish more people would put so much energy into their site. Keep the posts coming.

Maureen Neville January 27, 2011 at 1:27 pm

I love this concept! I too wholeheartedly believe that there is a dysfunctional relationship between fear and the general structure of our society. I am a huge proponent of supporting social innovation, jobs & lifestyles that were formerly “feared” due to their lack of “structure” and “security”… I am looking forward to your articles

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