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Not Afraid: On Fear, Heartbreak, Raising a Baby Girl, and Cage Fighting Paperback – December 1, 2015
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"Bolelli is a genius warrior philosopher. What he talks about here is the opposite of a victim's mentality. By sharing the emotionally apocalyptic experiences he has gone through, he gives a gift to anyone who is struggling with the dragon of fear and sadness. For me to hear this story and to think of everything that happened to him, and then to think about my own little doldrums that I fall into--suddenly I'm invigorated. Everyone please listen, open your ears and open your hearts to the incredible, the brilliant and the super sweet Daniele Bolelli." --Duncan Trussell, comedian and host of the podcast The Duncan Trussell Family Hour
"Not Afraid, is an adventure story of the truest, deepest sort. In recounting his story with enormous courage, sincerity, and wit, Daniele Bolelli reminds us that real adventure always involves great risk and often, unimaginable loss. Life's toughest adventures aren't the mountains we set out to climb or the jungles we explore; they're the quiet challenges that come looking for us where we live. You've never read a story like this or known a man like this. I recommend both without hesitation." --Chris Ryan, the New York Times bestselling author of Sex at Dawn
"A true warrior poet, Daniele bleeds on these pages with fearless vulnerability and uncensored humor. The narrative starts with the challenges of a 'sensitive little nerd' overcoming his fear to turn pro in the realest combat sport in the world, building momentum as it carries the reader through his epic struggle with the death of his true love. For those of us who know the author from his many podcast appearances, his written word is as raw as the spoken counterpart--It's like a little hologram of our favorite Italian reading the story in your head." --Aubrey Marcus, writer and CEO of Onnit.com
"An inspiring life story about overcoming fear. This is a necessary task, no matter what you do in life. Whether you are an amateur or professional athlete, you will be able to draw many similarities to your sport. At the same time, this book gives us a great reminder to enjoy the ride while it lasts. Well done Daniele, you did it again!" --Bostjan Nachbar, professional basketball player
"The honesty and authenticity in Daniele's writing is truly inspirational. Most books about life are written with kid gloves and give us old school clichés to handle adversity. Daniele has gone through some of the most difficult situations a father, husband, and all around warrior can go through. He gives us an honest look into the pain, heartache, and process of fighting back against things that would bring most to their knees. Everyone can relate to the feelings and thoughts Daniele displays. We can only hope to someday have his strength and conviction to come through and thrive!" --AJ Hawk, 2011 Superbowl Champion with the Green Bay Packers
About the Author
Daniele Bolelli is a writer and college professor. He has also fought professionally in mixed martial arts and appeared in I Am Bruce Lee (2012). He is a frequent guest on The Joe Rogan Experience, The Adam Carolla Show, and The Duncan Trussell Family Hour. His own podcast The Drunken Taoist is regularly rated among the most downloaded worldwide in the "philosophy" category of iTunes. His other books include Create Your Own Religion. Visit him at www.thedrunkentaoist.com.
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Bolelli relays losing his wife and the aftermath with relatively loose chronology, and fairly so--a tight narrative is not the strength of this book, as its entirety can be gleaned by reading the back cover. Instead, he focuses on the interlocking threads of the fighting spirit and emotional maturation discovered and utilized along the way. Admittedly this style yielded a measure of discomfort, until I realized how well it fit with the purpose of the book. What at first seemed like relatively disjointed anecdotes of combat, convalescence, and conflict with authority started to make sense as symptoms of evolution undergone by the narrator, of the emergence of the warrior spirit that rises to survive a shattered world. In the early chapters, Bolelli describes his conception of a warrior as might any young man reared in the cultural legacy of the West; fearless, confident, and physically fierce. By the end that conception has come full circle, presenting the true warrior as something far more human, far more vulnerable, and far stronger.
As such, Bolelli departs from conventional storytelling with no apology, and the result is at once vivid, jarring, hilarious, and powerful. With a knack for organically sliding between voices and moods, his writing style is relaxed and devoid of pretense and will ring familiar to listeners of his podcast. "Not Afraid" will make you think, but not half as much as it will make you feel. You'll glimpse the soul of a cagefighter, but you'll see the bared heart of a warrior.
However, I promise I will not follow or attempt this approach, because any authentic sense of said cleverness and intellect has already been so successfully delivered by Sir Bolelli himself in this incredible account.
Daniele, I want to thank you for embarking upon a journey that I know required an indescribable amount of effort on your part in creating this wonderful book for us. Because of this book, I am now able to more internalize the importance of embracing the darker aspects of life in order to enjoy the brighter, more beautiful side.
Bad things happen.....let's have a party anyways.