Caroline Paul (@carowriter) is a blast and can also probably kick my ass… seriously.
Caroline is the author of four published books. Her latest is the New York Times best seller The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure.
Once a young scaredy-cat, Caroline decided that fear got in the way of the life she wanted–of excitement, confidence, and self-reliance. She has since flown planes, rafted big rivers, climbed tall mountains, and fought fires as one of the first female firefighters in San Francisco.
In this episode, we discuss various types of fear and how to overcome them, using stories, habits, and tactics.
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QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What creates the most fear in your life, and how might you overcome this fear? Please let me know in the comments.
Scroll below for links and show notes…
Selected Links from the Episode
- The Gutsy Girl by Caroline Paul, illustrated by Wendy MacNaughton
- Why Do We Teach Girls That It’s Cute to Be Scared? by Caroline Paul
- Learn more about Pacifica Radio
- How to join the San Francisco Fire Department
- Cus D’Amato – The Coward and The Hero
- Watch Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are
- Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
- Learn more about Olympic Women’s Skeleton
- Learn more about Wendy MacNaughton
- The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
- The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
- West with the Night by Beryl Markham
- Watch Maidentrip (on iTunes) about Laura Dekker, the 13-year-old girl who sailed around the world
- Lost Cat by Caroline Paul
- Connect with Caroline Paul:
- On Chris Sacca’s excellent introductions [6:18]
- Providing context for “pulling a dead body from the bay” [7:51]
- The story of the milk cartons [12:13]
- On “free range” parenting [18:13]
- How Caroline Paul became a firefighter [22:02]
- How fighting fires works [27:28]
- What makes a good firefighter [33:13]
- On being the 15th woman in an organization of 1,500 men [37:36]
- Life lessons from fighting fires [39:28]
- Specific memories from medical calls as a firefighter [41:11]
- Most terrifying moments [46:41]
- Strategies for prioritizing fear and other emotions [50:58]
- On coming out in the 1980s [54:33]
- The thinking behind the op-ed, “Why Do We Teach Girls That It’s Cute to Be Scared [1:01:53]
- Most gifted books [1:09:55]
- Caroline Paul’s current workout routine [1:10:43]
- The path to the Olympics [1:11:55]
- When you think of the word successful, who is the first person who comes to mind and why? [1:23:31]
- Three books Caroline Paul would give every college graduate[1:25:50]
- Most important historical figures [1:27:34]
- If you could have one billboard anywhere, what would it say and why? [1:32:30]
- Morning and daily routines [1:32:53]
- Do you wish people would break more bones as kids? [1:37:05]
- Caroline Paul’s request to the audience [1:40:21]
Posted on: April 5, 2016.
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