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What Would You Do If You Had No Fear? Living Your Dreams While Quakin' in Your Boots Paperback – November 9, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (November 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930722427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930722422
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,035,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This question, and this book, will cause you to shift your focus from risk to reward, and remind you to take serious action with your dreams on a daily basis. --SARK, author/artist of Make Your Creative Dreams REAL

What a perfect question! It encourages my heart and jumpstarts my imagination. With such a fabulous book, I enjoin you: Read it and reap! --B. J. Gallagher, author of Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Other Women

These are stories of women and men who have moved beyond their fears in order to change, to soar, even to fail, whose adventures and humanity can t help but inspire the rest of us. --Anne Lamott, author of Bird by Bird and Traveling Mercies --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Author

"What would you do if you had no fear?" is the question I’ve been asking for years, first in my workshops and retreats. When I saw the profound effect it had on people, I started asking people everywhere I went. I had to overcome the fear that people would think that I’m: a) delusional or b) trying to pick them up for kinky sex.

The answers stunned and amazed both myself and the people I asked. Women and men opened up, told me stories and dreams they had never revealed before. I could literally see an awakening as they talked about long buried aspirations they had not let themselves entertain. I spoke to ordinary people who have done extraordinary things. Heroes who think they aren’t. I talked to FBI agents and a man who runs a butterfly farm in the Virgin Islands. Others like:

• Jan, who went to Paris alone in the winter on her 40th birthday, met the man of her dreams and now lives one block from the Arc de Triomphe.
• Eleanor, who escaped from the Nazi death march by rolling in a ditch to save her life.
• Don, who spent half his life in San Quentin and now walks across the US relishing freedom and making friends.

My prayer is that you join in this journey with me as your slightly neurotic, frequently shaky guide, and that you declare your dreams. The magic happens the moment you do!


More About the Author

Diane Conway was born an only child (and not the favorite) in the Dysfunctional State of South Carolina.   For more details and information regarding her childhood you are referred to the novels of Pat Conroy. Because of learning disabilities and 'shiny object disease', no one who knew her in 13 years of school would have believed she was capable of writing anything except a misspelled ransom note.  By some quirk of nature Diane has authored four books:
 
What Would You Do If You Had No Fear?  Living Your Dreams While Quakin' in Your Boots
 
What Would You Do for LOVE If You Had No Fear?  Loving Without Losing Your Mind
 
The Fairy Godmothers Guide the Dating and Mating
 
The 20 Minute Miracle - Organize, Clarify and Change Your Life 20 Minutes at A Time
 
Conway is a coach, humorous professional speaker and teaches Fearless Creating Classes. 
Her other jobs include:  Whale Watch Guide in Maui, delivering singing telegrams, shining shoes in a country western bar and car repo.  She lives in Northern California with her husband the funniest and most patient man in the world.

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By GreenEggs-N-Ham on June 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
A magazine article prompted me to buy this book. Conway's humor is engaging, and the anecdotes are inspiring. But the book stops there.

Each section is headed with an aspect of the title's question:

*What would you do [if you had no fear]?

*Who would you be [if you had no fear]?

*Where would you go [if you had no fear]?

Your answers are likely to be:

...I would do/make/be/write/create ____, if I had ____.

...I would go to ____, except that I don't have _____.

...I would be a ____, if I'd ever gotten to ____ like I wanted to, all those years ago before ____.

And you are left hanging with your answers. Conway does inspire you to rekindle your desires, but she doesn't help you deal with the rationalizations standing in your way.

[For that, honestly, I'd suggest Laura Berman Fortgang's "Living Your Best Life."]

Conway often alludes to what occurs in her seminars. So the reader (or at least this reader) is left to wonder whether the seminars have the same content as the book, or whether they have more meat to them--and if so, why isn't that in this book?
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Vikki on December 11, 2004
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This book gives hope and inspiration to many who wish to change or break through a fear. I enjoyed every story and could in some way relate to them all. Ms. Conway has a refreshing and witty way of writing and look forward to her next book!! I recommend this as a gift to someone that needs a little boost.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Judith Clancy on September 23, 2005
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A light delightful read that offers hope to those who feel caught in a life of few choices. It's a basic follow-your-heart advice manual which also questions how much one depends on money for happiness.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mark Kerr on November 19, 2004
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Love this book! You'll find amazing stories between the covers of this book: deliciously funny, inspiring, and challenging, all wrapped up by Diane's witty storytelling. If more of us took the "NO FEAR" challenge, and lived our lives without fear, there's no telling how we could change the world for good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brooke Ellison on May 15, 2006
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This book is fantastic in pushing us all to our very limits, posing the best of the best "what if" questions, and ecouraging us to act on them! So much fun to read, dream, and answer with action-- what would you do if you had no fear???
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Holly E. Wirth on January 12, 2007
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Just what I needed to refocus and prioritize after 20 years in the same job. This was an instant sabbatical for me. Gave me the energy boost I needed to move forward.
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