86: Erik Weihenmayer: No Barriers on Mt. Everest and in Life

September 17, 2018
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"Life is harder off the mountain."

On May 25, 2001, Erik Weihenmayer became the first blind person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. In 2008 he climbed Carstensz Pyramid on the island of Papua New Guinea, completing the Seven Summits, the highest point on every continent.  This accomplishment closed the circuit on a 13-year journey that had begun with his 1995 ascent of Denali. He is joined by a select company of only 150 mountaineers to have accomplished the feat.

As word spread about Erik’s remarkable achievements, the world took notice; shortly after his summit of Everest, he was honored with a Time cover story detailing his conquest of the world’s highest peak. Since then, he has authored multiple books, including his memoir, Touch the Top of the World. Yet for those who had long known him, his propensity for taking on and knocking down the loftiest of challenges came as no surprise.

Even as retinoschisis began to rob him of his vision by the age of 14, Erik resisted the idea that blindness would sweep him to the sidelines of life. He established himself as a formidable wrestler in high school, representing his home state of Connecticut in the National Junior Freestyle Wrestling Championship in Iowa. As a teenager, he also discovered rock climbing and a natural dexterity for the tactile aspects of scanning the rock with his hands and feet for holds.

After graduating a double major from Boston College, Erik became a middle-school teacher and wrestling coach at Phoenix Country Day School. Yet it was atop the highest point in North America, the mountain known in the native Inuit language as Denali, where his quest for adventure began to take shape. Erik’s triumphs over some of the world’s most formidable mountains were fueling a growing aspiration to take the lessons he learned in the mountains to help others shatter barriers in their lives.

To advance this idea, Erik co-founded not merely an organization, but rather a movement called No Barriers. The mission is to help people with challenges, all of us to some extent, to turn into the storm of life, face barriers head on, embrace a pioneering and innovative spirit and team up with great people to live rich in meaning and purpose. The motto is “What’s Within You Is Stronger Than What’s In Your Way.” To this aim, Erik continues to challenge himself to live a No Barriers Life and in September 2014 he kayaked the entire 277-miles of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

Erik is one of the most inspiring, engaging, and sought after speakers in the world. His presentations engage and inspire audiences by capturing lessons from his life and adventures around the world. Erik’s essential messaging focuses on harnessing the power of adversity, developing a guiding vision and building a strong “rope-team.” Erik sees every new challenge as an opportunity to problem solve, strategize and pioneer new ways forward.

“I think this is the best time in history, the most precious time in history to be a pioneer, to reach out, to seize hold of adversity and challenges we face, to harness energy not only to transform our own lives, but to elevate the world around us.”

– Erik Weihenmayer

Through Erik’s groundbreaking adventures around the world, he has explored and defined what it means to live a No Barriers Life, describing it as a map we build to navigate and to pursue a life that matters. Central to this journey is a mindset to continually challenge ourselves to grow and evolve – in Erik’s words, to “climb” while others “camp.”

Erik’s inspirational speaking career has taken him around the world from Hong Kong to Switzerland, from Thailand to the 2005 APEC Summit in Chile. Erik has shared the speaking platform with notables like:

  • George W. Bush
  • Al Gore
  • Tony Blair
  • Colin Powell
  • General Norman Schwarzkopf
  • Rudy Giuliani
  • Tom Peters
  • Marcus Buckingham
  • Stephen Covey

The No Barriers Life
As a blind adventurer who has climbed Mt. Everest and kayaked the Grand Canyon, Erik understands better than most that barriers are real, not merely perceived, and that that obstacles encountered can either stop us in our tracks, or we can figure out a way to harness them and propel ourselves to new places that we would never get to in any other way. Erik calls this “alchemy,” the process of turning lead into gold.  “With an alchemist,” he says, ” you can throw them in the midst of a fierce competitive environment, strip away their resources, throw roadblocks in front of them, and they’ll still find a way to win – not despite adversity, but because of it.”

Erik will take audiences on a journey to discover the tools and insights to develop what he calls the “No Barriers Mindset,” what it takes for individuals, teams, and organizations to turn into the storm, convert challenges into greatness, and reach for nearly impossible goals.

No Barriers Summit - NYC (October 5-6th 2018)

https://www.nobarriersusa.org/2018-summit-home/ 

Buy the Book(s):

No Barriers: A Blind Man's Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon
Touch the Top of the World

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82: Kyle Maynard: No Excuses, Climbing Mountains and Fear

July 31, 2018
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“Know your limits, but never stop trying to break them.”

Kyle Maynard is a motivational speaker, bestselling author, entrepreneur, and ESPY award-winning mixed martial arts athlete, known for becoming the first quadruple amputee to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Aconcagua without the aid of prosthetics.

Oprah Winfrey called Kyle “one of the most inspiring young men you will ever hear about.” Arnold Schwarzenegger described him as “the real deal,” “a champion human,” and “one of the most inspiring people” he’s ever met. Even the great Wayne Gretzky has spoken of Kyle’s “greatness.”

Despite being born with a rare condition known as congenital amputation, that has left him with arms that end at the elbows and legs that end near his knees, he learned early on with the support of his family, to live life independently and without prosthetics. Kyle thrives on physical challenges and following a few rough middle school football seasons; he went on to become a champion wrestler, CrossFit Certified Instructor and gym owner, competitive MMA/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter, world record-setting weightlifter, and skilled mountaineer.

In 2012, Kyle became the first quadruple amputee to climb – actually bearcrawl – the 19,340 feet to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro without the aid of prosthetics. His 10-day ascent was widely covered by the press, followed on social media, and raised money and awareness for wounded veterans as well as Tanzanian schoolchildren. Upon his return, Kyle won his second ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) award for Best Male Athlete with a Disability.

Four years later, he reached the summit of Argentina’s breathtakingly beautiful and sometimes deadly Mount Aconcagua – the highest peak in both the Western and Southern Hemispheres, standing at 22,838 feet. Following that epic summit, Nike featured Kyle in the powerful commercial “Unlimited Will,” which debuted globally during the 2016 Olympics, was viewed by millions around the world – and was part of the series that AdWeek named the most memorable of all commercials during the 2016 Olympics.

Kyle has not let his success be defined by anything or anyone but himself. He has lived his life striving to do more, learn more, push harder, go further—and to inspire others to do the same by sharing his story and living by example. Though he tailors his speeches to his audience, his messages are centered on building a life driven by purpose and meaning, the importance of the undying pursuit of dreams, and the belief that no obstacle is too great and nothing in their lives can keep them from accomplishing their goals.

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80: Mirna Valerio: Ultra-Running, Body Image, Bears, Oh My

July 5, 2018
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“I think that people are really having trouble grappling with the idea that fit comes in many forms and that people can still participate in athletics no matter what kind of body they have,” she says. “I want to continue sticking my big ass into places where people think I don’t belong. That has been the nature of my life—I’m going to do it and I’m going to do it proudly.” - Mirna Valerio

Mirna Valerio came to my house and we had a great time!  Also known as "The Mirnavator," she is a plus-size ultra-runner who has shaken things up in the running and ultra world with her body-positivity and activism for fitness at whatever place you are. 

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Web: https://fatgirlrunning-fatrunner.blogspot.com/ 

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A Beautiful Work in Progress

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66: John Young: The Hammer

March 20, 2018
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Why do they call John Young "The Hammer"?  Well, you'll have to listen and find out.  In this episode, Meredith and John talk about everything from racing to bullying to parenting.  John is the first person with dwarfism to complete an IRONMAN triathlon. He's also an avid athlete - running several marathons, including Boston, and is tackling a really cool goal this year. 

John Young on Social:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeTheHammerJY/

Web: http://bethehammerjy.blogspot.com/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dwarfparatri

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54: Richard Turner: Dealt

December 20, 2017
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Inspiring interview with sixty-two year old Richard Turner--a famous "card mechanic" and star of the new documentary, Dealt.  You don't want to miss this incredible story and man.

Dealt: The Film
A documentary by Luke Korem. Winner of the SXSW Audience Award for Documentary Feature, Dealt is the inspiring story of sixty-two year old Richard Turner who is renowned as one of the world’s greatest card magicians, yet he is completely blind.  In this documentary, Richard traces his journey from his troubled childhood, when he began losing his vision, to present day as he relentlessly pursues perfection while struggling with the reality that his biggest weakness might also be his greatest strength.

http://www.dealtmovie.com/  

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52: Natalie Brenner: This Undeserved Life

December 12, 2017
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Loss, motherhood, grace, adoption, faith, forgiveness and more. Natalie Brenner writes in, This Undeserved Life about all of these things. Have the walls of your life ever unexpectedly shattered, but you didn't feel you were allowed to acknowledge pain?  Natalie honestly shares her story of infertility and miscarriage, church trauma and abuse, transracially adopting while pregnant, and birth trauma. But this story is so much more than her story: this is your story. Regardless of the details of your story, Natalie confronts the question: how do you follow Jesus in the midst of suffering and loss? Natalie charges straight into the ugliness of suffering and the scandalous grace of the cross. This book will invite you into grieving loss in honest ways. You will uncover brokenness is not a part of God’s plan, you are not faithless if you choose to give loss the space it demands, and you are not petty if you offer sorrow a voice.

The Book:

https://www.nataliebrennerwrites.com/this-undeserved-life-book/ 

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Music: Carl Stover Music
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43: Down Syndrome: Three Moms Making a Difference

October 19, 2017
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Down Syndrome: three moms (Michelle, Leslie, and Dori) talk with Meredith about their kiddos, families and "law syndrome." The biggest take away from this episode for me was the fact that Down Syndrome individuals are REALLY just like us... truly. Listen more to these women tell their stories---such a great episode. Approximately one in every 700 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome, making Down syndrome the most common chromosomal condition. At NDSS you'll find an introduction to Down syndrome and an overview of related facts, myths and truths and our preferred language guide.

Law Syndrome:
Law Syndrome affects 100% of people with Down syndrome.  It’s a series of antiquated laws that impede the pursuit of a career or living independently without risking Medicaid benefits. Help us fix the law and end #LawSyndrome

https://www.lawsyndrome.org/ 

National Down Syndrome Society
http://www.ndss.org/Down-Syndrome/

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41: Ally Faber: Treacher Collins Syndrome & Nolan

October 6, 2017
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Ally Faber is the mom to Nolan, who has a rare genetic syndrome known as Treacher Collins. This was an incredibly positive, uplifting and heart-warming episode.

Ally writes, "Nolan is the best thing to have ever happened to our family and he's transformed the way I view life. I'm a married, vegan Oregon momma of TWO boys who decided to embark on a minimalism journey this calendar year for financial freedom, a healthier emotional state and a less wasteful and more conscious life as a consumer. I long to own less so that we can do more as a family."

Social
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Contact: P.O. Box 3466 Salem, OR 97302

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27: Natalia Cohen: Losing Sight of Shore

July 7, 2017
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Grit, rowing, and 8,000 miles. Four women set out to row across the Pacific Ocean, from America to Australia. As they row over 8,000 miles during their nine months at sea, they must overcome extreme mental and physical challenges to make history. "Everyone has a Pacific to Cross."

Natalia Cohen is a writer, coach and motivational speaker and one of the women on the "Coxless Crew" who achieved the incredible feat and journey of this amazing row from America to Australia. The documentary, "Losing Sight of Shore" is a breath-taking account of the journey. 

One of the favorites on the Same 24 Hours Podcast - talking about "Fernando the Shark" and "Eduardo the Shark", rowing naked, and why the ocean really is the greatest resource and wonder we have.

The Documentary

http://www.LosingSightofShore.com 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LosingSightofShore/ 

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Website: https://www.eyeofthenomad.com/
Twitter: @EyeoftheNomad  https://twitter.com/eyeofthenomad 

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8: Sika Henry: Big Goals

April 28, 2017
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Goals are meant to be crushed. Sika Henry is a two-time marathon winner (yes, that's right---WINNER), and recently finished a marathon in 3:00:06. She found triathlon a few years ago, and has been hooked ever since. In this episode, we talk about why those six seconds make her crazy, her goals for being the first African American female professional triathlete, diversity in a largely un-diverse sport, and more.  

Sika is a fun and inspiring woman, who is headed for big things. 

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Learn more about Sika by following her blog: http://why-i-run.blogspot.com 

More Resources:
Black Triathletes Associationhttp://www.blacktriathlete.org/ 
I Race Like a Girl - Tri Team: http://www.iracelikeagirl.com/

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