88: Tony Hawk: Skateboarding, Chimpanzees, Parenting and Video Games

October 2, 2018
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Tony Hawk was age 9 when his older brother gave him a blue fiberglass skateboard, chipped and scratched from years of use. The first time Tony stepped on it and rolled down an alley behind the family’s house in San Diego, there was no epiphany, no revelation … no foreshadowing whatsoever that he would go on to become the most famous skateboarder of all time. He reached the end driveway, looked back at his brother and shouted, “How do I turn?”

Eventually, of course, Tony learned to do more than merely turn. Practicing at the now-defunct Oasis Skatepark, the undersized prodigy soon began to attract attention by performing maneuvers well beyond his years. At age 12 he was winning amateur contests throughout California, at 14 he turned pro, and at 16 he was widely regarded as the best competitive skateboarder in the world. By the time he was 25, he’d competed in 103 pro contests, winning 73 of them and placing second in 19—a record that will almost certainly never be matched. He was crowned vertical skating’s world champion 12 years in a row.

As a 17-year old high school senior, Tony’s annual income surpassed that of his teachers, mostly as a result of royalties from his primary sponsor, Powell Peralta skateboards. He was able to buy his first home before he graduated. Through the late ‘80s, he traveled the world, skating demos and contests. Then, in 1991, the sport of skateboarding died a quiet but sudden death. Tony’s income shrank drastically; times were so lean that he survived on a $5-a-day Taco Bell allowance.

But while many of his peers moved on to other, more traditional pursuits, Tony never gave up on the sport he loved. The next few years flew by in a blur of financial uncertainty. Confident that skating would rebound, Tony refinanced his first house and with a friend launched his own skateboard company, Birdhouse Projects. The first few years were rough: Birdhouse wasn’t making money, and Tony’s future was sketchy.

But, almost as abruptly as it died, skating’s popularity surged skyward, and the Hawk became the Phoenix. Birdhouse grew into one of the biggest and best-known skate companies in the world, and Tony signed a wide range of endorsement deals. In 1998, he and his family started a children’s skate clothing company called Hawk Clothing. A year later, skating rocketed to unprecedented heights, from which it has yet to descend. Tony’s career came with it; in fact, he provided much of the fuel.

In 1999, Tony teamed up with Activision to create the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video game franchise. The Tony Hawk video game series became one of the most popular game franchises in history (and has now surpassed $1.4 billion in sales). His life would never be the same. In a stroke of good timing, at the X Games that year, Tony also became the first skateboarder to ever land a 900, a maneuver that had eluded (and occasionally hobbled) him for 10 years . It was one of skating’s most gripping moments, playing out in front of a collection of his peers and fans, and on national TV. That exposure, along with his successful video game, helped establish Tony’s mainstream celebrity

Soon after the 1999 X Games, Tony retired from competition, although he continues to put on demos and exhibitions all over the world. His Boom Boom HuckJam Tour featured some of the top skateboarders, BMXers and freestyle motocross riders in a giant tour that played in large arenas and theme parks across the country. Tony’s action sports exhibitions and shows continue to pack venues worldwide.

Tony has won numerous awards, including Make-A-Wish’s Favorite Male Athlete, Teen Choice Awards’ Choice Male Athlete and Nickelodeon’s Kid’s Choice Awards’ Favorite Male Athlete, beating out such sports icons as Shaquille O’Neal, Tiger Woods, and Kobe Bryant. From video games to skateboards to online media to clothing to world tours, Tony has dominated the Action Sports market with his laid-back style. He is the most recognized Action Sports figure in the world and, according to some marketing surveys, one of the most recognizable athlete of any kind in the United States.

Today, his business skills have helped create a Tony Hawk brand that includes a billion-dollar video game franchise, successful businesses such as Birdhouse Skateboards, Hawk Clothing, and the Tony Hawk Signature Series sporting goods and toys. Tony regularly appears on television and in films, as well as on Sirius XM radio. His autobiography, HAWK—Occupation: Skateboarder was a New York Times bestseller and is currently available in paperback. In 2010, Wiley Publishing released How Did I Get Here? The Ascent of an Unlikely CEO. During 2012, in partnership with Google, Inc. Tony’s film production company, 900 Films, launched RIDE Channel on YouTube, the world’s most popular video site, and has now teamed with Complex Media to take it to the next level with TheRideChannel.com.

Tony is a role model for fans of all ages. His Tony Hawk Foundation has given away over $5.2 million to 556 skatepark projects throughout the United States. Tony’s foundation helps finance public skateparks in low-income areas in all 50 states, providing a safe place to skate, and helping to build the self-confidence of youths from Marathon, Florida to Sitka, Alaska. Skateparks that received financial assistance from the Tony Hawk Foundation currently serve over 4.8 million kids annually.

Follow Tony & All the Things

Website: http://www.tonyhawk.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tonyhawk

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Birdhouse Skateboards

900 Films

YouTube: TheRideChannel.com

Tony Hawk Foundation 

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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

Follow Erik:

Website: https://erikweihenmayer.com 

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70: Brad Cooper: Godspeed - The Race Across America

April 26, 2018
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"Let's ride our bikes across America!" Many of us would say, "Huh?!?" if someone called us and made a statement like that -but not Brad Cooper when his acquaintance, Jerry Schemmel asked him.

This conversation is with Brad - and it was such a fun time learning about this bicycle race stretching over a week and from Oceanside, California all the way to Maryland.

The documentary film, Godspeed: The Race Across America hits theaters on May 22 for a showing - don't miss out!

The Team:

Brad Cooper:

Brad is the co-founder and currently serves as the CEO of US Corporate Wellness, an organization that partners with corporations to bring specific, sustainable engagement to the management of individuals’ health and wellness. He also co-founded the Catalyst Coaching Institute. Brad is a nationally recognized speaker and has authored several books. Brad is an 11- time Ironman finisher (4 times at the Hawaii Ironman World Championship).

Jerry Schemmel:

Jerry is a local Denver radio personality currently serving as the play-by-play announcer for the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball franchise. He has previously served as the play-by-play announcer for the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets. Jerry is a seasoned triathlete and ultra- distance-cycler. Jerry is also a highly sought after motivational speaker and the author of “Chosen to Live” and “The Extravagant Gift”.

About Race Across America

 

Race Across America (RAAM) is one of the most respected and longest running ultra-endurance events in the world. RAAM is seen as a pinnacle of athletic achievement not only in cycling circles but the greater sporting community as well.

There is no other race in the world like RAAM. There is no race that combines the distance, terrain and weather; no other event that tests a team’s spirit from beginning to end. The Race inspires everyone who has been a part of it - racer, crew, staff and fans alike. RAAM is the true test of speed, endurance, strength and camaraderie, the ideal combination of work and play.

About the Movie:

GODSPEED is a riveting documentary with Jerry Schemmel and Brad Cooper and their quest to win the 2015 Race Across America ultra cycling competition.

Watch the Trailer:

https://youtu.be/N23VKLZLShY 

Learn More and Get Tickets:

Tickets: www.GodspeedCycling.com/Tickets

Website: http://godspeedcycling.com/

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YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOUYZknAOyztE8E8RMQ3yXw/

 

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65: Lizzie Velasquez: Dare to Be Kind

March 13, 2018
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Lizzie Velasquez was cruelly dubbed "The Ugliest Woman in the World" on a viral YouTube video over ten years ago. She was born with an extremely rare congenital disease called Marfanoid–progeroid–lipodystrophy syndrome that, among other symptoms, prevents her from accumulating body fat and gaining weight.

Out of that horrific YouTube incident, rose a fire and a desire in Lizzie to use her talents to become successful, motivate others and show what it means to be kind. Her 2013 inspiring TedX talk, "How Do You Define Yourself" has over 4 million views. Her documentary, A Brave Heart, is a must-watch for everyone -especially those with tweens and teenagers. Her paperback book, Dare to Be Kind, is out now.  

Enjoy the episode with Lizzie. 

Get the Book:
Dare to Be Kind: How Extraordinary Compassion Can Change the World

Paperback now: https://www.amazon.com/Dare-Kind-Extraordinary-Compassion-Transform/dp/0316272469/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1520955800&sr=8-1&keywords=lizzie+velasquez 

The Documentary:
A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story

http://imwithlizzie.com

https://www.facebook.com/abraveheartfilm

 

Follow Lizzie

Website: https://www.lizzievelasquezofficial.com/ 

TedX Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzPbY9ufnQY 

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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/littlelizziev 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/lizzitachickita 

 

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53: Randy Spelling: Unlimiting You: Step Out of Your Past and into Your Purpose

December 17, 2017
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Randy Spelling grew up in the entertainment industry as the son of, Aaron Spelling, one of the most prolific Hollywood producers in history. Up until his mid twenties, Randy acted in various hit primetime television shows such as Beverly Hills 90210, Malibu Shores, and Charmed. He starred in a daytime soap opera for four years called Sunset Beach and was featured in several feature films.This contributed to Randy earning a dedicated global following.In 2006, amidst a struggle with addiction and feeling lost, Randy went through a process of getting sober that led him to go within and find his purpose. Success and notoriety had not brought the deeper satisfaction Randy was desperately seeking.

With near-fatal outcomes, he made a choice to do the hard work of getting clean and started on a serious spiritual quest to find meaning in his life. While on the journey, he reconnected with his latent intuitive talents as well as his ability to listen deeply to the hearts of others, both of which turned out to be an excellent fit for the career of life coaching. Randy entered a two-year, credentialed coaching program to become an International Coaching Federation Certified Life Coach. Randy is a life coach, spiritual facilitator, author, and speaker, with his own life coaching and wellness company, Being in Flow. He provides one-on- one coaching with an emphasis on helping clients discover how to improve their lives and live free of limitations. Randy frequently holds workshops and face-to-face consultations in his hometown, Los Angeles, and other cities across the country. Randy's workshops, group coaching sessions, tele-seminars, and public speaking engagements fuel his passion for helping others. Whether it is with individuals, couples, families, or groups, Randy makes spiritual and universal truths simple, presenting them in grounded ways that can be used in everyday life. Randy lives in Portland, OR, with his wife and two young daughters.

Follow Randy on Social

Website: http://www.randyspelling.com/

Blog: http://www.randyspelling.com/happiness-blog/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/randyspelling/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/randyspellingcoaching/

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/randyspelling

Twitter: https://twitter.com/randyspelling

Buy The Book

Unlimiting YouStep Out of Your Past and into Your Purpose 
https://www.amazon.com/Unlimiting-You-Step-Your-Purpose/dp/0986378100

Free Gifts

3-Part Video Series: Changing Worry into Happiness: http://bit.ly/worry2happiness

Short and sweet videos sharing 3 of the most powerful tools for turning a frown upside down in 10min or less!

Training Video: Why Your Dream Isn’t Coming Fast Enough: http://www.randyspelling.com/free-membership-video/  - Discover why things aren’t flowing in your life and what to do about it!

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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/ 

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

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10: Jason Cohen: #BigChangeTheFilm

May 4, 2017
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Inspiration, one pound at a time. Check out this short episode with Jason Cohen, his story and all the amazing people who have made "big changes" to inspire Big Change, The Film. 

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