“Tragedies are the result of a series of small forks in the road.”
– Caroline Paul
Caroline is the author of four published books. Her latest is the New York Times bestseller The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure.
Once a young scaredy-cat, Caroline decided that fear got in the way of excitement, confidence, and self-reliance. She has since flown planes, climbed tall mountains, and fought fires as one of the first female firefighters in San Francisco.
In this episode, Caroline answers your most popular questions, including:
- The best starting point for overcoming your fears
- How to stay focused in the moment and not let your mind create anxiety and stress
- Her biggest life-changing experiences
- Coping strategies for dealing with life’s most difficult events
- And much, much more!
I hope you enjoy this round 2 Q&A with Caroline Paul.
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Want to hear another conversation with Caroline Paul? — Listen to her first appearance on the podcast. In this episode, we discuss various types of fear and how to overcome them, using stories, habits, and tactics.(stream below or right-click here to download):
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QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What was your favorite quote or lesson from this episode? Please let me know in the comments.
Scroll below for links and show notes…
Selected Links from the Episode
- Connect with Caroline Paul:
- How to Overcome Fear — Lessons from Firefighter and Luger, Caroline Paul (her first appearance on this show)
- The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure by Caroline Paul, illustrated by Wendy MacNaughton
- Brave Is Built, Not Born: Why We All Need Microbravery Now by Rachel Simmons, Girls Leadership
- Fighting Fire by Caroline Paul
- Why Boys Should Read Girl Books by Caroline Paul
- Sea Kayaking in Baja by Andromeda Romano-Lax
- This is what it looks like when you go paragliding off a mountain top.
- Denali National Park & Preserve
- If you’re trying to change your relationship with fear, where do you start? [05:43]
- Suggestions for people who work in the emergency medical community. [11:09]
- What’s the best gift to get a firefighter? [17:19]
- How does Caroline focus and stay rooted in the present? [19:39]
- The Checklist Theory and coping strategies for exposure to horrific human events. [24:16]
- Avoiding gender bias with kids. [27:44]
- What adventures have been most life-changing for Caroline — and why? [32:41]
- What is Caroline’s nighttime routine? [37:27]
- Why did Caroline start flying, and what made her switch from Cessnas to paragliders to ultralights? [38:36]
- While firefighting or adventuring, has Caroline ever been trapped or in need of rescue? [45:03]
Posted on: March 12, 2017.
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