The Fear & Anxiety Project: The Story, People & Research

by David Fonvielle

What is the Fear and Anxiety Project?

It's very simple: I want to write some articles on fear and anxiety (as well as possibly create some online courses on this subject), which will help people become less afraid and less anxious very quickly.

To create the best, most effective articles and courses, I want to interview people who are skilled with successfuling dealing with fear and anxiety, and then share their valuable insights, tips and strategies with others.

What kind of fear and anxiety will this project focus on?

There are different forms of fear and anxiety that people deal with on a daily basis. For example, the fear and anxiety that a military person might face will be different from the social anxiety that another person might face when confronted with social situations.

However, even though there are many different types of fears and anxieties, there will definitely be powerful, common tips and strategies for dealing fear and anxiety, no matter what kind of fear or anxiety a person might be experiencing at any given time.

And I want to identify and learn those common tips and strategies that work the most effectively for dealing with fear and anxiety from people who have already proven that that they work.

Although I am interested in addressing any form of fear or anxiety, starting out, I am especially interested in the kind of fear and anxiety experienced by entrepreneurs, writers, coders, web developers, marketers, and sales people, especially since I have dealt with this kind of fear and anxiety while creating and promoting Always Greater. 

Doesn't Always Greater already address fear and anxiety with its online tools?

I created the Positive Thinking Tool and Feel Good Tool which already help people reduce fear and anxiety in 5 minutes or less by helping them change their thinking very quickly.

So why write additional articles or even possible online courses?

Well, because people learn in different ways. Some people will like using online tools. Others will like stumbling across an article on Google that helps them reduce fear and anxiety fast... And others will like a more detailed course that really helps deal with fear and anxiety most effectively.

So the name of the game is to help as many people as possible... With whatever method works best for them.

Why focus on dealing with fear and anxiety?

Out of all the projects I could choose to focus on, why spend time focusing on how to help others reduce fear and anxiety faster and easier?

Because it's one of the most fun, enjoyable, rewarding things a person can do. That's why.

I've found that learning how to reduce fear and anxiety has been one of the most liberating, exciting experiences of my life. After all, the less fear and anxiety you have, the more peace and confidence you have, and this naturally translates into greater happiness, success, and all sorts of exciting, fun adventures you never even considered having before.

Anything I can do to help people have this kind of rewarding, life-changing experience with fear and anxiety is well worth my time and effort. And I want to explore all different types of tips and strategies from different people to help create this kind of positive change even more effectively.

After all, that's part of the Always Greater philosophy... Always keep improving, always keep going for a greater, better, different way of thinking and doing things, and have lots of fun doing that along the way.

Want to collaborate with me?

Have you struggled with fear and anxiety and then learned how to change that? I'd love to hear from you and hear what you've done.

Or are you fearless and very confident, and you don't find fear or anxiety an issue for you at all? If you have some clear ideas about why that is, and how other people can learn from you, I'd love to hear that, too.

You can reach me at [email protected] .

Know anyone who would be great for this project?

Do you know anyone who would be great to talk to about fear and anxiety? 

If so, let me know at [email protected] Or, you can just go ahead and share this page with them. That works, too.

Some people I would like to talk to about fear and anxiety

I already have some people in mind who I would like to talk to about fear and anxiety. 

Part of the fun of this project will be sharing my progress with this project here (like who I talked to and why), so here's a list of some people who I find interesting and would enjoy hearing what they have to say, for different reasons.

Charlie Hoehn

Charlie Hoehn is an interesting guy. When he couldn't find a job after college, he created the job of his dreams with creativity and effort, ultimately landing a job as Tim Ferriss' right hand man.

Now Charlie helps recent college graduates land their own dream job after college.

Charlie came on my radar when I learned about a book he wrote called Play It Away, which details how he got rid of anxiety naturally, without drugs or medication. So he's an entrepreneur who's dealt with all sorts of entrepreneurial fears, and he's written a book dealing with anxiety...

That makes him a great interview subject for the Fear & Anxiety Project.

You can check out Charlie's website, and he'll give you a free copy of Play It Away.

John Azzi

John Azzi is one of the founders of BitFountain, which bills itself as "the most immersive and advanced iOS training online".

His story is interesting to me. When his old college roommate was unhappy working as an accountant, John paid him some money to learn how to code, with the agreement that he'd then join John's app development agency.

This paid off in spades. Together, John Azzi and Eliot Arntz have turned BitFountain into a million dollar business.

I'm interested in John's thoughts about entrepreneural fears, as well as his students fears of learning how to code, and whether he and Eliot had to overcome certain fears and anxieties in order to achieve the kind of success they've achieved.

Jia Jiang

Jia Jiang is a rejection expert. When one of his entrepreneurial ideas was rejected by an investor, he found the rejection so devastating, that he deliberately set out to be rejected 100 days in a row, in order to overcome his fear of rejection.

I first heard of Jia Jiang when I saw his viral Krispy Kreme rejection video. (An employee makes him doughnuts in the shape of Olympic rings, although he was fully expecting for his request to get rejected).

I later heard Jia speak at a Quantified Self meeting in Chicago, where I bought his book Rejection Proof.

I'm interested in Jia's thoughts on entrepreneurial fears, as well as fears about writing a book and sharing all sorts of personal information. And, of course, I'm interested in his top strategies for overcoming fear.

Check out Jia's site called Fearbuster.

Michelle Poler

Michelle Poler created a similar project to Jia Jiang's which went viral. The project is called 100 Days Without Fear.

For the project, she puts herself in situations that make her afraid, so that has to confront and deal with her fears. She rates each of her fears, and what her fear level is before, during, and after the fear encounter.

This is a project that has transformed her life and gotten her a lot of attention.

I'm interested in hearing Michelle's top strategies for dealing with fear and what tips she has for others who would also like to challenge their fears.

Jason Comely

Jason Comely turned rejection into a game in order to overcome his fear of rejection. There is a connection between Jason and Jia Jiang: Jason started Rejection Therapy (a rejection game), and then Jia took that idea and rand with it in his own way.

I really like how Jason turned something that is terrifying for a lot of people into a fun game. This is a very clever way to overcome fears.

I'm interested in hearing more about how turning something scary into a game helps people reduce those fears, as well as any other tips and strategies Jason has for overcoming fear.

Victor Bastos

Victor Bastos is a web developer who has made a very nice living teaching web development classes online.

He is one of the top instructors at Udemy. And this is where I first heard about Victor. (I have bought 2 of his courses, including his very popular "How To Become a Web Developer From Scratch" course.)

I am interested in whether Victor thinks that there any fears that new programmers have to overcome in order to learn how to code, and, if so, what the best way is to deal with those kinds of fears.

I'm also interested in whether he's had to overcome any entrepreneurial fears on his way to becoming very successful teaching courses.

You can check out Victor's website for online courses.

Joseph Michael

I learned about Joseph Michael when I read an article he wrote about how to be more effective getting customers and collecting email addresses via forming partnerships with people.

Joseph teaches a course on how to use Scrivener for writing.

I'm interested in hearing his thoughts about fears that writers face which hold writers back from writing and getting published. I'm also interested in hearing his thoughts about entrepreneurial fears, and if there have been any fears or anxiety he has had to deal with on his journey of quitting his 9 to 5 job and working for himself.

You can check out Joseph's website to learn more about him.

Jared Easley

Jared Easley runs a podcast called Starve The Doubts. The name of his podcast is what caught my attention, since he specializes in helping people overcome self doubt on their entrepreneurial journey.

Since I'm interested in helping people reduce fear and anxiety, his focus is right up my alley.

I'm interested to hear more about what Jared thinks are the biggest fears and doubts that entrepreneurs have to face, and what they can do to get over them faster and easier.


If you want to share your thoughts on fear and anxiety, and what the best way is to reduce fear and anxiety, let me know. You can be a part of this project, too.

Just send me an email at [email protected]