I’m Roanne, a mentor for people around the world who want to overcome their fears, or be more productive -without experiencing stress. I’m also an internationally-published and awarded book author, anthropologist (Ph.D), a world-traveller with a preference to stay home, a wannabe dog whisperer, a serial plant-killer, an introvert public speaker and a rock climber with severe vertigo.
I’m very often afraid to do the stuff I like best in life. In fact, there was a time in my life when I was scared for pretty much everything – heights, driving cars, taking risks in my personal- or worklife, flying in planes, disappointing people, big dogs (especially if they had owners that would insist their puppies were “well-behaved”) getting my ears pierced…(I’m not kidding. This is for real.) I was also a control freak, as it stressed me out not to be on top of *everything* in my life – although I preferred to call this ‘organised’, of course.
For most part of my life, I perceived myself as a natural coward. And – between you and me – I behaved like one, most of the time. My life changed when, in 2008, I started to do anthropological research on risk behaviour.
Since then, I’ve conducted interviews with hundreds of fear-experts, from all over the world. Over the course of years, I have lived in tiny Inuit hunter’s villages (where I learned how to survive in harsh conditions); in one of the poorest and most flood-prone slums in Indonesia (where I learned how to feel safe amidst severe floods and other risks) and I have spent years among extreme athletes such as base jumpers and climbers (from whom I learned the most effective methods to perform at your best despite of fear in extremely stressful situations).