How does someone with extreme social anxiety learn to become a person who faces his fears head on and embraces others openly into his tribe? Find out in my conversation with Matthew. Despite crippling anxiety that developed into agoraphobia in his last year of high school, forcing him to drop out, Matthew went on in life to work as a Toronto cab driver, a TV show host, a mail carrier, a barista, and many other extraverted occupations both in Canada and abroad. He is a loving husband and father and a friend to many fortunate individuals.
Listen in as we explore how he developed and then learned to cope with anxiety and a fear factor that has followed him his entire life. In my time with him, he shared many stories that were both intriguing and, at times, extremely humourous. His eventual decision to open Matthew's Barbershop took all his courage and most of his savings, but the concept is about so much more than just cutting hair. It's about connecting community and helping others transform.
"If you don't try something, risk something, you don't get anything."
Links & Notes
Matthew's Barbershop in downtown Guelph, Ontario.
Books: This is the book to which Matthew attributes a large part of his anxiety coping skills. Click on the link to explore further.
Feel the Fear And Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers