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Patrick J. Sweeney  

Best-Selling Author of "Fear is Fuel", Adventure Keynote Speaker, Fear Guru & World Record Holder Cycling The Seven Summits & 2x TEDx Speaker

Patrick Sweeney is an entrepreneur, angel investor and world-record holder. He comes from the blue-collar suburbs of Boston and paid his way thourgh state school, where he discovered rowing. He finished 2nd in the Olympic trials and earned a Top 5 MBA near the top of his class where he caught the entrepreneurial bug. He started three technology companies, sold them for millions and left it all behind after battling a rare form of leukemia. He is an active angel investor in over 30 companies and board member for Young President's Organization (YPO) Entertainment Industry Network, and Trinity College Dublin. Patrick took 30 years to learn how to use fear as fuel - now he has a framework to teach anyone how to achieve the life of their dreams. His mission now is to help people use fear to transform their lives and organizations. After interviewing the world's top neuroscientists, neurobiologists and psychologists, he has unlocked the secrets of fear and peak performance. His goal is to create world peace.

Patrick has learned from his own experience and countless interviews for his upcoming book that fear is the most powerful force that we have to change our lives. Patrick’s goal is to inspire audiences around the world to use fuel as their friend and help drive world peace.

Speech Topics


What holds most people back from their full potential isn't lack of skill or lack of will, it's fear. Find out how you can use that as a tool for peak-performance and to get everything you've always wanted.

The human brain is designed primarily for survival. We run a two million year old piece of softwar that interferes with our happiness, success, and fulfillment in all aspects of our lives. It's time to reprogram your brain for happiness and fulfillment.

Fear locked Patrick Sweeney in a prison of eternal suffering until he met with the ultimate terror - a diagnosis of a rare form of leukemia and a slim chance of survival. Against all ods he beat the disease thanks to talented doctors, cutting edge mental techniques learned at the Olympic training center, and by the grace of God. When he did his whole life changed. He yearned to find out why.

He interviewed 35 of the world's top neuroscientists and psychologists over 500 CEOs, professional atheltes, Navy SEALs, and others to find out how they created a life of courage. What he learned will rock your world. In this inspirational presentation, Patrick will explain why we get stuck in a prison of less-than-peak performance. He will then equip audience members with tangible techniques based in neuroscience that will increase their success, power, and happiness. He will literally rewrite the software to skyrocket you to new levels of success and happiness in your life.


What's sure to have an even bigger impact than the virus itself is the fear, anxiety and stress caused by it. Uncertainty in health, in business, in financial markets are all attacking the mental well-being of leaders around the globe. The courageous leaders who can asses the situation and decide based on opportunity not fear, will be the ones succeeding wildly when pent-up demand releases and recovery ensues. Leaders need to empower their team with the neuroscience of fear and how to reprogram the mind for courage. Join Wall-Street Journal Best selling author of "Fear is Fuel" Patrick Sweeney, YPO member & resource as he shares concrete steps you can take to be a better leader for yourself, your family, and your team during theses times of high anxiety.


Information saturation, economic unrest, fear, uncertainty and doubt - are all by-products of the global disruption caused by a "novel" pandemic. Novel means new and unknown - that's why your brain has trouble predicting the outcome, there is nothing in its database to reference. The good news is it does not have to cause anxiety or stress. Join Wall-Street Journal best-selling author, millionaire entrepreneur, world record holder and cancer survivor Patrick Sweeney as he shares the steps anyone can take during this unprecedented time of uncertainty.

Patrick will first share how the brain works - and why running a two-million year old version of software is merciless to our well-being. Then he'll explain how you can use hard neuroscience to reprogram your brain for success and happiness as he did in his life or death struggle from leukemia. Patrick will share engaging and entertaining stories that range from his time in John's Hopkins Hospital to taking the first Cloud computing company form the ashes after 9/11 and turning it into a dominant player that he sold in 2002 when other companies were imploding. You'll leave this talk feeling empowered and in control of your destiny, plus motivated to find the potential in the present - no matter what the future brings!


What holds most people back from their full potential isn't lack of skill or lack of will, it's fear. The human brain is designed primarily for survival. That architecture interferes with our happiness, success and fulfillment in all walks of life. In fact, conferences usually present a great opportunity to learn new and exciting strategies, ones that could dramatically change businesses and lives, yet only a fraction of attendees implement those ideas. What is holding them back? Many leaders fear failure or are afraid of changing the status quo and rocking the boat. Stagnant leaders live in a fearful culture where employees do things because "that's the way it's always been done" or because they fear losing their jobs. In this riveting presentation, Patrick will explain why we get stuck in a prison of less-than-peak performance. Then he will give you tangible neuroscience techniques to take home and increase your success, power and happiness.

Imagine finishing second in the US Olympic trials in rowing, when you could have been a gold medalist, or raising almost $30 million and creating the first cloud computing company only to have your venture capitalist make all the money when it was sold, and worst of all needing six cocktails just to get on a plane for a business trip, or not going at all.

Fear locked Patrick Sweeney in a prison of constant suffering until he met with the ultimate terror - the diagnosis of a rare form of leukemia and a slim chance of survival. After beating the disease thanks to talented doctors, cutting edge mental techniques learned at the Olympic training center, and the grace of God, his whole life changed. He took flying lessons, started a new company sold it for millions, and then started another. He's now living the life of his dreams setting world records, adventuring across the globe, mentoring top CEOs, and inspiring audiences worldwide.PJS Speaking TEDx Google

Patrick's mission is to teach millions of people the superpower of courage. For his upcoming book Fear as Fuel he interviewed more than 30 neuroscientists and psychologists for the newest investigations on how the brain functions and the secrets of overcoming our fear-based survival instincts. Patrick translates a vast continuum of scientific research into practical tactics on how to live to your fullest potential, create super-successful businesses, fulfilling relationships and raise courageous happy children. Using fear as fuel you'll begin to confidently make the best decisions of your life and unleash a new level of power. His talk gives you a sneak peak of what is sure to be a best seller. That's why he's called the Fear Guru!


The top 1% of sales organizations have leaders who intuitively understand the neuroscience behind getting a team to consistently outperform their capabilities. Those leaders have found it through trial and error. There's a better way. Neuroscience. The reason why buyers sign a contract has more to do with parts of the brain you've probably never heard of but need to know - the Amygdala, The WOrking Memory, the Limbic System, the sgACC. In one of the most engaging and entertaining keynote speeches Patrick Sweeney, the Fear Guru, will distill the neuroscience down to five actionable steps that should be at the heart of any high performing sales organization.

If you want to blow out your numbers, and fill up your funnel hire Patrick at your sales kick-off meeting and learn from his six years of neuroscience research with the top three dozen brian scientists in the world. If you're happy with the status quo, ignore the neuroscience and keep going with the trial and error.

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