Published May 27, 2021

Michelle Poler on Fearing Less & Doing More—GLS21 Faculty Spotlight


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We’re excited to welcome social entrepreneur and Hello Fears founder, Michelle Poler to  The Global Leadership Summit stage in 2021!

Get excited to experience Michelle’s humorous and inspiring speaking style which has been captivating audiences across the globe. With authentic storytelling, engaging visuals and her 100 Days Without Fear experience, Michelle will show you how to challenge your comfort zone to tap into your full potential.

Get to know Michelle Poler!

When Michelle, a Venezuelan native, art director and branding strategist, decided to start a project to overcome her own personal fears, she didn’t expect it to go viral—100 Days Without Fear caught the attention of the Today Show, Forbes, CBS, CNN, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Fox News, Telemundo, Glamour, Elle, The Rachael Ray Show, Refinery29 and Daily Mail  among many others.

Gaining an audience captivated by her passion, bravery, creativity, humor and practical life-changing advice, Poler founded Hello Fears, a social movement reaching more than 70 million people worldwide, empowering them to step outside their comfort zone and tap into their full potential.

She is now a sought-after keynote speaker, having spoken for TEDx, Google, Yum Brands, Facebook, Wells Fargo, ESPN, Netflix, Procter & Gamble, Microsoft, Toyota and many more. Poler is the author of, Hello, Fears: Crush Your Comfort Zone and Become Who You’re Meant to Be, which helps people be their best selves and focus on the best possible outcomes.

Get your tickets to be inspired by Michelle Poler as well as 15+ world-class faculty at the upcoming Global Leadership Summit on August 5-6, 2021.

Until then, enjoy this sneak preview of her incredible energy and inspiring insights on fearing less and doing more!


I learned the important difference between being fearless and being brave.

Being brave means that despite the fear, we have the courage to take action. True leaders are not those who hide their fears or pretend to be fearless. True leaders are those who take action despite their fear. True leaders lead by example, especially when it’s hard.

True leaders are not those who hide their fears or pretend to be fearless.

Courage is contagious. So, how do I gather the courage I need if I’m only considering the worst-case scenario? Instead of asking, “what is the worst thing that can happen?” what if we asked, “what is the best thing that can happen?”

The enemy of success is not failure, it’s actually comfort.

Comfort is what keeps us from going after new prospects. Comfort convinces us to stay with partners we no longer love and in places or cities we cannot get much out of. Comfort says to look down at our phones instead of sparking a conversation with the person sitting right next to us. Comfort tells us things like, “good things come to those who wait.”

But the more uncomfortable we get, the greater the reward.

Only when I got really uncomfortable and decided to commit to this [100 days without fear] project full time did I start to see real impact. Something that started as a school project turned into my purpose, a social mission that is encouraging people all over the world to say hello to their fears!

The enemy of success is not failure, it’s actually comfort.

Am I afraid of failing? Yes. But I am 100% more terrified of not even trying at all.

Instead of perceiving every fear as an obstacle, I choose to see it as an opportunity—an opportunity that can lead us to uncover our next big thing. And that is the best that could happen.

What are those things you care so much about that you’re willing to get uncomfortable?

What is the best thing that can happen?

Get ready to face your fears and learn more from Michelle Poler at the premier leadership event of the year on August 5-6, 2021!

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