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Michelle Poler    

Fear Facer, Motivational Speaker, Youtuber. Creator of 100 Days Without Fear and Founder at HelloFears.com

Born and raised in Caracas-Venezuela to a family of holocaust survivors, Michelle was accustomed to living with fear. It was what kept her safe and comfortable. But when she moved to New York to pursue a Masters in Branding at the School of Visual Arts, Michelle quickly realized that NYC was not for the fearful.

In efforts to re-write her definition of fear Michelle completed a project where she faced one fear a day for 100 days (100 Days Without Fear). She filmed herself on each challenge and posted them daily to her YouTube channel. She faced all kinds of fears, from holding a tarantula and skydiving to posing nude for a drawing class and helping people in need. At around day 40, the project was discovered by the media and it became an instant viral phenomenon. Celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher, Zoey Deschanel, Sofia Vergara and Lil Wayne were sharing her story. In a matter of days Michelle had over 4.5 million views in her YouTube channel. The vulnerability in exposing herself to the world created an emotional connection with her followers that turned into a community of thousands of people changing their approach to life.

Facing her fears took Michelle to TEDx’s stage where she completed her 100th challenge and received her fist standing ovation. Facing her fears helped her turn a personal project into a global movement. Facing her fears allowed her to quit her job as an Art Director in advertising to go after her dreams.

After witnessing the power in sharing her story, Michelle discovered that inspiring others to go after their fears was her new calling. She is now touring the world speaking at companies, universities and organizations teaching audiences how to untap their full potential in both their personal lives and their careers.

If it’s not at an airport, you can also find Michelle on YouTube where she posts weekly content about dealing with fear in different relevant topics.

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What are we so afraid of?

A talk that will change your perception of fear and inspire you to take action

Our lives are defined by how far we are willing to take them. But how far we are willing to go is defined by the limits we impose on ourselves. Have you ever wondered what your life would be if you weren’t afraid? Based on her personal experience facing 100 fears in 100 days, Michelle dissects fear and analyzes its impact on our true potential.

Michelle explains how she discovered that her 100 fears turned out to be just 7 core fears expressed in different challenges, giving her insight on how to approach different situations in the same way. By categorizing fears according to stack of values, she shows how to go to the root of our fears to understand how to tackle them.

One of Michelle’s key findings lies on Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs where she uncovered how our needs limit our potential. But learning how to prioritize and negotiate with our needs will open a world of opportunities.

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HuffPost: One Woman's Struggle With Fear Sets Her Free

Michelle Poler was crippled by fear until she decided to confront it in a 100-day challenge. Her class assignment went viral and inspired others, including Ashton Kutcher, to live fearlessly. She joins us to discuss her next fearless challenge.

CNN: 100 days without fear: One woman overcomes ... everything

(CNN)From the time she was a little girl, Michelle Poler was afraid of the world. She avoided big, playful dogs, scared they might bite her. Terrified of pain, she dreaded dentist's and doctor's appointments. She missed dinner parties and networking events that required her to drive at night, nervous about getting in an accident. A fear of vomiting kept her from trying foods with unusual textures or flavors.

In short, Poler, the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, always had the feeling that something bad could happen at any time. She got along by avoiding risk and controlling her surroundings as best she could. But when she moved to New York City to pursue a master's degree at the School of Visual Arts, the Venezuela native found all the things that made her feel frightened, nervous and out of control were getting in the way of enjoying her new city. For a class assignment to do a 100-day creative project, the 26-year-old art director decided to do the things that scared her the most in order to live her life to the fullest. "100 days without fear," she called it.

CBS: ?Conquering 100 fears, one at a time

"What I really believe that Michelle is experiencing is tapping into her inner strength that was there all along," said Millman. "This isn't magic. She hasn't woken up every day from the last however many days and said I'm going to turn into someone that I wasn't before. What she's actually doing is recognizing her own power and her own strength."

Speaking of her trapeze experience, Poler said, "When I was up there, I was thinking I was going to die and I would rather jump out of a plane, like I did (Fear #66). They opened the door and the first thing that came to my mind is: I cannot believe I am going to jump off a plane. It's like committing suicide. It's crazy!

"I kept saying, Ohmygod, ohmygod, ohmygod, ohmygod! But I was really very eager to jump and understand how the feeling was. Definitely was one of the best moments of my life. It was amazing." She said, "I don't feel I've eliminated all my fears. I'm not there yet. But I have my whole life ahead of me. And at least this project gave me the confidence to approach the fears.

"I think anyone can face their fears, and enjoy every day to the fullest."

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