Gwen Cheni

Takeaways from Evy Poumpouras’ new book

Publishers and editors pushed Evy to title her book “Becoming Fearless”, but she pushed back and insisted on “Becoming Bulletproof” because there’s no such thing as fearless. Fearless doesn’t exist: we all have fears. The difference is how we learn to manage fear through repeated practice. She makes the analogy that a bulletproof vest, Kevlar, is made of layers of fabric. While each layer is fragile, layered together they make Kevlar. This is akin to the process we go through to learn to manage fear, which takes repeated work and practice.