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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You Tube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Y9Jy0WzrOg 

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78: Ben Dziwulski: WODPrep, CrossFit and Stronger Things

July 5, 2018
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Ben Dziwulski is the founder of "WODPrep" - one of the best online sources for upping your CrossFit movements and game. You may think you need the newest, flashiest equipment, or to spend thousands on private training, but really what it comes down to is breaking down the movements in an easy-to-digest manner. At WODprep, they fully believe that when coaching is kept simple, it is also the most efficient.

If you love CrossFit or have thought about trying it out--check out this episode  and WODPrep.com for sure!

We talk about CrossFit, pull-ups, HSPU, muscle-ups, Oly lifts and more.  Enjoy this fun episode with Ben.

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75: Emily Ann Peterson: Bare Naked Bravery

June 11, 2018
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Emily Ann Peterson is  a singer-songwriter, author & creative consultant inspiring courageous expression. After a debilitating neurological disorder changed her life as a professional cellist, Emily Ann learned to find her "barenaked bravery" and is now inspiring others to do the same.  

The Book and the Podcast:

https://www.barenakedbravery.com/

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74: Leah Weinberg: Entrepreneurship & Color Pop Events

June 11, 2018
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Leah Weinberg is the Owner and Creative Director of COLOR POP EVENTS - a New York City based Wedding planning company. Color Pop Events focuses on the details and lives in the logistics. Now in her fifth year of business, Leah excels at her work as she leverages skills like organization, attention to detail and client service from her prior life as a commercial real estate attorney.

Her colorful work and party planning tips have been published online and in print with Vogue, Glamour, Marie Claire, Martha Stewart Weddings, the Knot, Brides and more.

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69: Bob Clagett: I Like To Make Stuff & Making Time

April 17, 2018
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Bob Clagett likes to makes stuff, AND help others find their inner craftsperson--through an amazing YouTube channel with well over a million subscribers: I Like to Make Stuff. Whether it’s music, websites,  software,  furniture,  vintage scooters or motorcycles—you name it--he likes to make it.

He is the father of four, husband of one and loves his life completely. He recently left the software industry to make stuff for a living and started I Like To Make Stuff.  I Like To Make Stuff is a place to chronicle the work and interests of Bob Clagett with the aim of providing inspiration to the DIY and maker community.

The YouTube Channel:

http://www.youtube.com/iliketomakestuffcom 

Some of Meredith's Favorite Episodes:

Secret Door Bookcase: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3NGBo2M1Ps

Indoor Climbing Wall: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cy9JX0ZfnWE

Office Rennovation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H9VXVYd3dA 

Double Bunk Beds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UOJOm_EcDE&t=50s 

The Book: Making Time

"I wrote a book about my journey to becoming a full time content creator, and some of the things I learned in the first two years. It’s not a how to book, but instead stories and experiences that I didn’t expect and never dreamed of."

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1973589117/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=sl1&tag=ilik-20&linkId=c959a2d6d5a3118c6e6408410dbfa415

More formats: https://www.iliketomakestuff.com/makingtime/ 

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Music: Carl Stover Music
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67: Nicole DeBoom: Running this World and Skirt Sports and Stuff

March 30, 2018
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Can I say how much I LOVE NICOLE DEBOOM? Thiiiiiiis much!

Nicole is the founder of Skirt Sports - she started with the goal of helping women find strength, power and happiness through running. Today Skirt Sports has expanded from its initial running skirt to a full line of inspirational women’s fitness apparel sold in hundreds of stores across the US and throughout the world as well as a huge focus on events as the main driving force for women to move their lives forward.

Shes continue to lead the company as the Founder & CEO, now balancing the challenge of staying fit, running a business and chasing around a young daughter!
 
She also has an amazing podcast "Run this World" where we first "met" officially!
 
Listen to this episode for a discount!
 

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58: Rachel Brenke: Fit Legally

January 18, 2018
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Founder of Business Bites podcast, and several successful business brands including TheLawTog®, FitLegally, and BlogLegally, Rachel is also a mother, wife to a disabled Army Veteran, practicing, lawyer, five-time author, cancer-survivor, Team USA Athlete, and champion of all endeavors entrepreneurial. 

Through her podcast, brands, and 1-on-1 services, Rachel helps creative entrepreneurs form businesses, draft contracts, and successfully navigate intellectual property law by providing copyright and trademark protection tools. 

“Creativity can be more than a passion—it can be a livelihood too. But only if you’re willing to develop the business plan and legal protection necessary to thrive.” – Rachel Brenke

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