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Oct 24, 2017

What’s within you is stronger than what’s in your way. – Mandarin mantra

There’s a light that burns inside you - your human spirit, your soul - and when life knocks you down, and we’re talking so low that you’re just not sure whether you even want to come back up, that’s the light you must pull from. But how do you tap into that inner strength? Erik Weihenmayer, one of the most celebrated and accomplished athletes in the world, is here to share how you can turn everyday struggles into everyday greatness.

Erik’s the first blind man to summit Mount Everest in 2001 and all seven summits afterward. In 2014 he and blind Navy veteran, Lonnie Bedwell kayaked the entire 277 miles of the Grand Canyon, one of the most formidable whitewater venues in the world. Erik thrives on new adventures, focusing on empowering people traditionally swept to the sidelines of life. He went on to fund No Barriers, an organization that helps people with challenges tap into the human spirit, break through barriers, and contribute to the world. To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of his Everest ascent, Erik and his team funded a new No Barriers program, No Barriers Warriors, using teamwork and a mountain as a transformative force to help veterans reclaim their lives after devastating injuries. Erik’s the bestselling author of Touch the Top of the World, The Adversity Advantage, and his newest book No Barriers that’s a dive into the heart and mind at the core of the turbulent human experience.

Learn to embrace the obstacles ahead of you and take the treacherous ascent towards growth and rebirth.

Key takeaways:

Your brick wall. At any given moment we’re each struggling through something - whether it be a financial, emotional, or health issue. It’s our “brick wall,” and we’re searching for ways to get around it, over it, or even through it. Fierce optimism is one of the main tricks to getting past the challenge and the other is…[05:26]. 

Your hero’s journey. When we admire others, especially those that triumph those physical disabilities like Erik himself, their accomplishments seem like something you see in movies. They’re heroic, selfless, and inspiring. But what’s the REAL story behind it all? The ONE point Erik wants you to take away from your heroes…[16:25].

Your elevation. You’ve climbed your Everest (metaphorically-speaking of course) but you’ve surpassed your peak and you’re comforted thinking, “yes, I’ve made it! THIS is the best thing I’ve ever do.” Or is it? The ultimate final step to completing your greatest accomplishment is…[20:02].

Your end of the rope. When climbing your brick wall it’s essential to have purpose and to reach the top feeling elevated and living a fulfilled life, but all too often many of us can get crushed along the way and stuck when we’re almost there. The ONE thing you need to know and equip yourself with on your upward journey…[23:49].

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