Why Bother? Its a feeling we can all relate to. Its that little gremlin feeling we get from time to time telling us what’s the point. Whenever you’re starting learning a new skill or any kind of self improvement its this feeling thats normally trying to get us to stop. But, some people go out in the world and do amazing things like maybe run a marathon for example. These can be hard difficult tasks that we could easily avoid, stuff we don’t have to do but feel we need to.
“Explorer Ben Saunders wants you to go outside! Not because it’s always pleasant and happy, but because that’s where the meat of life is”
Ben Saunders is someone who does hard things. He’s an Arctic explorer and is the youngest person ever to ski solo to the North Pole. In this talk he tells us about the benefits of going finding adventure and what drives him to do it. He goes into how he turns ideas into action and how he stays motivated. This is great for anyone wanting to start a new challenge! Whatever that is. You don’t have to be throwing yourself out of a plane or running for miles on miles on miles. Why not check out our goals page for some more inspiration!
What makes a person achieve their extraordinary? What gives them that push to make the amazing happen and hit their goals? Sophie Radcliffe is someone who knows a thing or two about doing the incredible.
Sophie has ran, swam and cycled her way around the planet. Each of these adventures have lead her down a path that has not only seen her achieve her goals but grow and expand them. She has gone from working the 9-5 grind that so many of us find ourselves in to becoming a ambassador for adventure. She’s become an adventurer, writer, athlete and model. Working alongside the UK government she has helped drive change for women in sport. Helping change peoples lives and increasing opportunities. She has taken the steps to not only change her own life but improve the lives of others around her.
This is a truly inspiring talk for anyone finding themselves stuck in a rut and looking for that next big change!
Follow Sophie on her next adventure here.
Inventions, they surround us. Virtually everything you use during a day was once an idea in someones head. From the button you use to do up your jeans to the device you’re currently reading this on. These were once just a spark in someones imagination. But how does these ideas come about? What does it take for someone to someone to hit upon that one great idea that changes everything.
Necessity is the mother of inventions, right? Well, not always.
Steven Johnson shows us that necessity is not always the mother of invention. Sometimes its just people having fun and creating something just for the hell of it. When people are having fun and being creative great things can happen.
Johnson is one of the leading minds on science and innovation. He even has his own show on PBS called How we got to now and has written a number of books including The Invention of Air and The Ghost Map. This is a great talk for anyone wanting to become inspired and try and find that one great idea.
Reality what is it really? Does everyone perceive the same planet as you do or is it just a story we tell ourselves based on our experiences? Isaac Lidsky tells us that it’s something we create in our own mind each and everyday. With this idea in mind he says that we can change how we can the world by changing our opinions toward it. This can lead to a totally different way to live our lives.
Reality isn’t something you perceive; it’s something you create in your mind.
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!
Rejection. Its the sort of thing that most people try and avoid. Whether its something big or small it always hurts. But is there something we can learn from it? They do say whatever doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger.
Jia Jiang is a man who has experienced more rejection than most of us. Instead of shrinking away from it he actively sought it out and created an interesting experiment. Could he find situations where he could be turned down for 100 days. Thats a bold undertaking. Not only would he have create the situation but also make sure that he would be refused. The goal was never to succeed, quite the opposite. The only way this experiment would work is if he was rejected, rejected and they rejected again for 100 days!
Jiang desensitized himself to the pain and shame that rejection often brings
From asking to lend money to free food he finds many ways to get rejected. This is a great talk for anybody who is afraid to not get what they want! It shows us that sometimes rejection is not the worst thing in the world!
There’s only one way to get better at anything in life and that’s with practice. But how do you do this effectively?
This talk gives us tips and shows use how to make the most out of our training. The lessons this videos teaches can be used for just about any skill. From running to yoga to learning a musical instrument if you don’t take the time to work on your skills you will never see any improvement.
“Practice is the repetition of an action with the goal of improvement”
Annie Bosler and Don Greene not only show us how to improve our skills but how these improvements actually effect our brains. As our regular readers know we are big believers in learning new skills. Taking the time to make our practice as effective as possible will only help us improve! The quicker we improve the better we feel about ourselves and what we are doing.
Have you or would you ever undertake an extreme challenge. Something so difficult that you’re not even sure if you can do it. Other people think you’re crazy for even trying.
Well Sean Conway is the man to look to if you ever think of trying something hard. The best way to describe him would be as an endurance adventurer. He’s done some pretty impressive things he’s swam the length of Great Britain and climbed Kilimanjaro dressed as a penguin. With a resume like that you know he’s going to have a few stories to tell.
“His never-give-up attitude in the face of extreme challenge has captured the imagination of many”
Sean now gives talks about his experiences, what motivates him and how to overcome tough times. Something he had first hand experience of after he was ran over by a truck in America. He suffered a fractured spine and was lucky to recover fully. This didn’t dampen his spirit of adventure completing the worlds longest triathlon around the UK pretty soon afterwards.
Sean is a inspiring speaker who shows us that whatever we face we can still move forwards.
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,” .
You can learn life lessons from many places. Yes even climbing!
This short talk gives us nine lessons from climbing that can be applied to everyday life. It really is surprising where you can learn new things!
Matthew Childs is a life long climber and draws some interesting parallels with everyday life. Childs is as dedicated to his hobby as he is to his career. He’s worked at some amazing places from writing for outside magazine and playboy to being advertising lead at Razorfish
Apart from his career, Childs’ passion is rock climbing.
Childs shows us how even when we are at play the are real lessons to be learnt