Today, we have Erik Weihenmayer, one of the most celebrated and accomplished athletes in the world. In 2001, he became the first blind person in history to climb Mount Everest and all of the Seven Summits – the tallest peak on each of the seven continents.
He also solo kayaked 277 miles of the Grand Canyon – one of the most formidable whitewater venues in the world. Erik continually seeks out new adventures, focusing on empowering people traditionally swept to the sidelines of life.
He founded No Barriers, which helps people with challenges tap into the human spirit, break through barriers, and contribute to the world. Not only has Erik used his loss of physical vision to expand his mind’s vision and potential, he’s taken a stand for everyone to do the same.
Today, Erik is going to share his heart and mind, and his powerful vision of what is possible when we put our fears aside and go for our dreams. I can’t wait for you to experience his inspiring story so stay seated because we are going to be in for an exciting ride.
[01:56] – The everyday challenges he went through after losing his vision
[03:38] – We all have our own barriers in life that make us struggle, fight, and live in hard times
[07:03] – No Barriers program success, transformative experiences and its impact to people
[11:49] – There is always something you can do to find that internal drive to move forward
[13:52] – Achieving success by being part of a team with everyone working together
[16:33] – Incredible story of Kyle Maynard, first quadruple amputee to climb Mount Kilimanjaro
[20:10] – What inspired Kyle to start No Barriers
[24:31] – His momentous achievement reaching the summit of Mt. Everest
[27:02] – Quitter, Camper, Climber: continue to grow, explore and find fulfilment in life
[29:46] – Wrap Up
“We all have our barriers in life and the ability to overcome them.” – Erik Weihenmayer
Get Erik’s Book:
No Barriers – A Blind Man’s Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon