Ted Talk Tuesday – The Woman Who Rowed into a hurricane

How do you define bravery? Sometimes it’s facing up to the impossible like a hurricane. Impossible odds create incredible people. Dawn Landes tells us about her hero.

Tori Murden McClure was a woman with a goal. A goal much larger than most people even dream to take on. Her aim was to row the atlantic single handedly. She faced some of the worst conditions on the planet to reach her goal.

Landes imagines the mindset of a woman alone in the midst of the vast ocean with a hurricane on the horizon.

Singer-songwriter Dawn Landes tells us her story through a mixture of video and song she lays out the tale of a intrepid woman facing incredible problems.

 

Ted Talk Tuesday – How We found the Giant Squid

There’s not many tall tales bigger than the giant squid. Maritime legends of enormous beasts large enough to drag boats and any foolhardy souls stupid enough to tangle them down to the depths of the oceans. For many years it was thought that the giant squid was nothing more than a legend.

But all around the world reports would come in of sightings and even very rarely massive specimens would wash up. Baffling locals and exciting scientists. But there was never one caught on film.

Humankind has been looking for the giant squid (Architeuthis) since we first started taking pictures underwater.

Enter Edith Widder a biologist with just one mission. To hunt and film these elusive creatures. And in 2012 she was the first person to ever film one of these incredible animals. In this talk she tells us what it takes to achieve this amazing feat. From the technology to the good old hard work this shows us what can be done with a bit of determination.

 

Ted Talk Tuesday – To raise brave girls, encourage adventure

How does someone become brave? There’s only one way we know and that’s to get into situations where you feel a little scared. A little fear is a great thing. It can get you to take that leap or run just that little bit faster.

Caroline Paul thinks that the best education you can give a child is to get outdoors and go do some stuff. I have to say we tend to agree! Adventure builds character getting outdoors is good for soul. The two really go hand in hand.

Gutsy girls skateboard, climb trees, clamber around, fall down, scrape their knees, get right back up — and grow up to be brave women.

Caroline is a definitely a brave woman! In her resume she has firefighter, paraglider and all-around adventurer. Which is pretty impressive to say the least! Her talk out lines the core ideas behind her book The Gutsy Girl. Maybe it will inspire you to raise you kids a little bit differently!

 

 

 

Ted Talk Tuesday – My mind-shifting Everest swim

Lake Imja in the Himalayas is actually on Mount Everest. It is a newly created lake that has formed from melting glaciers. At a breath taking altitude of 5300 m this is one of the highest and coldest bodies of water on earth. After his ice cold water dip in the North Pole Lewis Pugh had vowed to never cold water swim again. But after hearing about this new challenge he decided to give it a try once more.

What he learned about not only him self but the effects that climate change is having on our world is fascinating.

“Lewis has displayed remarkable determination, professionalism and single-mindedness in pursuit of his goals.” He’s just back from swimming in a meltwater lake on the slopes of Mount Everest.

This isn’t his first adventure like this by any means. In 2008 he kayaked across the Atlantic Ocean. He did this to raise awareness about the thinning ice fields. His goal is to show us how the planet is changing and make us realise the true danger of climate change.

Once he completed this swim he was awarded the record for the highest recorded swim ever. He even managed to complete this amazing feat in freezing cold temperatures in only 23 minutes. Once finished he said “Glaciers are not just ice: they are a lifeline, they provide water to 2 billion people, and we need to protect them,” .

 

 

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We started go-do.it with one simple mission – to help people get out of their comfort zone and do more stuff.

We knew there were heaps of amazing things out there for people to do, but that finding quality providers to help you do them can be tricky. And we all know that what you see on the internet doesn’t always translate into exactly what you’ll get in real life!

So we wanted to create a platform where people could find extraordinary providers; companies who love what they do and are dedicated to helping their customers have amazing experiences. That might be anything from skydiving, horse riding or snowboarding, to something with a more relaxed pace like learning a new language or how to knit, and everything in between. … 

 

Ted Talk Tuesday – the joy of surfing in ice cold water

We are big fans of surfing here at go-do.it and try to get in as often as possible. But this might be a bit crazy even for us!

Chris Burkard is obsessed with the hardest, coldest places to surf. While most people think of sunny beaches and golden sands this talk concentrates on the isolated frozen solitude. Chris searches for the hardest places in the world to surf.

“Anything that is worth pursuing is going to require us to suffer, just a little bit,”

He feels its his personal crusade to show the public a completely different side to surfing. He hopes to inspire others to lead a life less ordinary.

“For most people, surfing evokes sunny sand and warm, blue water in tropical locales”

 

Ted talk Tuesday – The exhilarating peace of freediving

Guillaume Néry takes us on his extraordinary trips deep below the water freediving. This extreme endurance sport really pushes the human body to its limits. While others may panic diving deep underwater without breathing apparatus, he finds a deep almost poetic peace to the sport.

With just one breath, Guillaume Néry can dive to -125m below the water’s surface.

Guillaume Néry is a world champion free diver and holds multiple world records. So join us on this amazing and inspiring talk.

 

Ted talk Tuesday – why did I ski to the North Pole

Sometimes when you take on a huge challenge you really have to step back and ask yourself why? Ben Saunders tells us about his harrowing journey to the North Pole. This journey made him the youngest person to ever attempt this feat.

“In 2004, Ben Saunders became the youngest person ever to ski solo to the North Pole.”

This is an incredible of determination and adventure and . In 2013, he set out on another record-breaking expedition, this time to retrace Captain Scott’s ill-fated journey to the South Pole on foot.

 

Ted Talk Tuesday: The mysterious world of underwater caves

Have you ever wanted to explore a underwater wonderland. Seeing places that may never have been seen before by the human eye. Thats all in a days work for Jill Heinerth. This brave explorer describes to us her underwater adventures exploring some of the deepest and darkest caves on earth. Jill is a expert explorer and the first entry into the female diver class for the Explorer club hall of fame.

“More people have walked on the moon than have been to some of the places that Jill’s exploration has taken her right here on the earth.”

In this short inspiring talk Jill takes us deep below the surface into a world few of us would recognise.

 

 

We are redefining adventure, join us

What is adventure? These days if you’re not jumping out of an aeroplane, frolicking along a far‐flung beach or mountain biking down near‐vertical slopes, it’s easy to feel like your life is a little bit ordinary. We’ve all been there, idly scrolling through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat and thinking “Gosh, Laura’s life is soooo amazing” or “Doesn’t Ben EVER go to work?”

I think we all crave a little more adventure in our lives, but often we’re just not sure how to find it. A search online will undoubtedly lead to various chirpy, tanned people who will tell you it’s easy, you just need to “discover your passion” and “quit the 9‐5 grind”. But to be honest, that seems like a lot of work, and I don’t really want to quit my job and live out of a backpack for the next six years.

And so we stay stuck. The gap between our reality and theirs seems so vast, that we simply decide we’re not that sort of person and carry on with business as usual.

A different approach to adventure

We need to stop thinking the only way to have an adventure is to leave the country or jump out of a plane. There are plenty of adventures to be had right on your doorstep. And sometimes you only need an hour or two, not weeks or months, so you can easily go on an adventure in amongst all the hundreds of other things you have to do.

Breaking free from the status quo doesn’t have to involve dramatic unrealistic changes. You can bring more adventure into your life in small ways.

And the funny thing is, when you start going on these mini adventures, without even really realising it’s happening, your life begins to transform. Something magical starts to happen. Your confidence grows and new doors begin to open.

A practical guide to starting your mini adventure

Lets look at some of our favourite ways to start your own mini adventure revolution:

Do something new

You don’t need to commit to becoming a master and practising every day straight away. Even a single taster session can be enough to get you motivated. This small first commitment also means you can judge whether you actually enjoy it without having to sign up for a year‐long course.

Plus, learning a new skill isn’t just good because you learn the new skill, it also improves the speed and strength of your brain processes. Cool huh!

Do something different

How about doing something you already do, just a little bit differently? That way you don’t even need to find time to fit it in, you just need to change it up!

Already going to the gym, why not try wild fitness?

Swap your mindfulness colouring book for an art class?

Learn to cook your favourite dishes instead of watching Masterchef or Bake Off and wondering why your dinner doesn’t look as exciting!

Do something exciting

Anything that gets your heart rate going a little is a great way to shake things up. And there are plenty of ways to squeeze in some excitement in short, sharp bursts.

How about renting a mountain bike for the afternoon or taking a skateboarding or parkour lesson.

Zip‐lining can be even speedier taking about half an hour from start to finish (and is a lot cheaper and less scary than a bungee jump or skydive!).

You could get tickets to see an up‐and‐coming band, go to a life drawing class or rent a classic car and drive down some narrow country lanes with the wind in your hair.

The great thing is, you get to choose what exciting is!

Sometimes, those first steps to break out of your comfort zone can be the most difficult. But fear not, intrepid Doer, adventure awaits around every corner, and we’re here to help you find it. Join us.