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"A powerful book that will change your life."
--Stephen R. Covey, author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

"In BE FEARLESS, Alpert shows you not only how to overcome your fear of failure, but also how to eliminate any negative forces that have been preventing you from achieving any
goal you've ever set or any dream you've ever had."
--Dan Jansen, Olympic gold medalist, speed skater

"BE FEARLESS offers a clear, practical, and empowering way to overcome
negative thoughts, defeat your fear demons, and find your true
strengths."  --Ira M. Sacker, M.D., coauthor of the bestselling Dying to Be
Thin and author of Regaining Your Self


"Jumpstart any aspect of your life with this concrete action plan. In a
world filled with an endless stream of opportunities to connect with
others, Jonathan Alpert provides readers with an invaluable opportunity
to tune out the noise and tune in to themselves."  --Ian Kerner, Ph.D, New York Times bestselling author of Sex Recharge

"I don't usually like books with lots of steps and promises
to change your life.  But in this case, Alpert
got it right. Because you can't think your way out of fear, you have to act
your way through it. Don't be afraid to read this book."
--Peter Bregman, author of 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus and Get the Right Things Done

Praise for BE FEARLESS:

"A powerful book that will change your life."

---Stephen R. Covey, author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

"BE FEARLESS offers a clear, practical, and empowering way to overcome negative thoughts, defeat your fear demons, and find your true strengths."

---Ira M. Sacker, M.D., coauthor of the bestselling Dying to Be Thin and author of Regaining Your Self

"In BE FEARLESS, Alpert shows you not only how to overcome your fear of failure, but also how to eliminate any negative forces that have been preventing you from achieving any goal you've ever set or any dream you've ever had."

---Dan Jansen, Olympic gold medalist, speed skater

"Jumpstart any aspect of your life with this concrete action plan. In a world filled with an endless stream of opportunities to connect with others, Jonathan Alpert provides readers with an invaluable opportunity to tune out the noise and tune in to themselves."

---Ian Kerner, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling author of Sex Recharge

"I don't usually like books with lots of steps and exercises and promises to change your life in a certain number of days. But in this case, Alpert got it right. Because you can't think your way out of fear, you have to act your way through it. Don't be afraid to read this book."

---Peter Bregman, author of 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done

From the Inside Flap

How long have you wanted to change your life? How many years have you been dreaming of
starting your own business, reaching that fitness goal, or finding and marrying the love of your life? If you are like many people, it's been quite awhile. Psychotherapist Jonathan Alpert wants you to have the life you want and deserve, and he wants you to have it now.

BE FEARLESS is a revolutionary five-step plan that grew out of Alpert's own experience. Once an awkward and painfully shy guy, Alpert is now a fearless psychotherapist. His unique understanding of the fearful mind has allowed him to change the lives of countless people.
With his life-transforming program:

One question frees you from the emotional paralysis
that has been keeping you stuck.
Five steps form a bridge between the life you
have and the life you want.
Twenty-eight days give you the results that, until
now, have been so elusive.

You can overcome negativity, perfectionism, procrastination, panic, worry, rejection, failure,
excuses and even the people in your life who keep telling you that you can't. You can turn your dreams into reality. You can find happiness, success and love, and you don't need years of therapy or anxiety-numbing medications to do it.

BE FEARLESS shows you that the difference between the unfulfilled and the fulfilled isn't the presence or the absence of fear, it's what you do with it. The unfulfilled feel fear and give up. The fulfilled feel it and use it to their advantage.

BE FEARLESS
helps you face that fear and use it to drive you toward success.
By following the BE FEARLESS program, you will:

✹ Find the courage to be who you really are,
rather than the person you think others want you
to be.
✹ Take strategic action at home, in career and in
relationships so you can reach your true potential.
✹ Achieve what you once thought impossible.
It's time. Stop waiting and start
reading.
Change your life now!

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455513415
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455513413
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ha T. Nguyen on May 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I really wanted to like this book because fears are the major blockage in life. However, the authors promised way more they can deliver with the contents. That is not to mention the insulting tone towards other therapists and patients in long-term therapy.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Y on September 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
(Review posted per friend's request - from Martial artist)

Check this out for yourself but there is a bit of blatant marking in this book. It takes 4 chapters (about 100 pages) of self-promotion, anecdotes and promises before the authors finally get to the "be fearless" program.

Forget about all the labeling of the exercises- all they do is to point out that most (if not all) fears are anything but factual and avoidance of fears won't help. That's not bad but not groundbreaking, either. The book technically ends at page 247 since the "Special Bonus section" is reuse of Alpert's columns in book form.

What rubs me the wrong way is the comments about therapy and other therapists. He criticizes long-term therapy, ridicules the question that is often asked by therapists "how does that make you feel". Ok- that question may not be necessary for the group of clients that Alpert sees (i.e. people who know and can articulate how they feel, what they want- be it a new career, finding a life partner, delivering a toast in a wedding etc..). But making a vast generalization about therapy based on God-know how many clients he sees in his Manhattan practice is just flat-out ignorant.

I hope next time Alpert opens his mouth commenting on therapy he thinks a bit broader and keeps in mind the fact that there are people, such as those who return from combat zones, those who are war survivors, those who were abused as kids, etc... who seek therapy NOT for venting and more importantly need something different from "advice " or structure plan!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By littlekids on July 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I am a list lover and like self-help books that are practical. But this book overdid it. Too many lists that readers are asked to make. Not helpful!
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By ABC on May 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The book started off with rather baseless claims about his "paradoxical", "counterintuitive" yet effective therapy approach. However as you read on, it doesn't offer any thing concrete or thoughtful.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Khin Oo on August 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is so poorly written. I regret buying it without reading reviews. It's full of sophomoric arguments. Can't help but wonder whether the editor even read it and read it in the right state of mind. The 5 step plan is same ole idea that have been written by countless number of author before. Alpert is such a fear mongering therapist. One thing I learned from reading this book is that having license to practice something doesn't make someone ethical.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Aline K on July 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book overreached. Some fears are deeper rooted than others so suggesting that one 4-week program works for all kinds of fears, from fear of public speaking/delivering a toast in a wedding to fears of failure and judgment etc, simply doesn't make sense. The 5 step program contains many exerices. I appreciate the author's practical approach but it felt as though these exercises were hastily thrown togther. There's some missing link that brings all the steps together.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tp on July 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
there are a few practical tips here and there but one has to sift through a lot of irrelevant, self-touting stuff to get them. I wouldn't recommend this book. Instead, I'd recommend "The tools:transform your problems into coverage, confidence and creativy". "The tools" was also published this season but is much better written, well-researched and based on years of professional experience in psychotherapy of Michels and Stuts.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Who cares about your pathetic teenage years, and your loathing of your profession? People pay for the contents of the book, you'd better deliver something. Instead you waste readers time with your venting about your frustration with therapy and other therapists?

Ok, I know this sounds mean. But what I just wrote is the type of arguements Alpert used to insult the entire field of therapy and other therapists. And this type of criticism is widespead in this drivel. Poor contents aside, it's poorly written and redundant. I can't even count how many times the authors repeat the phrase "the difference between the fearful and the fearless is not the absence of fears...". It also seems like the only way he knows how to make his points is either to compare with other therapists or insult them.

I'm done with this- now the second hand book store next door can have it for FREE!
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