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Episode 86: Erik Weihenmayer: No Barriers on Mt. Everest and in Life

“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)

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No Barriers: A Blind Man’s Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon
Touch the Top of the World

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Episode 85: Dr. Christiane Northrup: Dodging Energy Vampires and Goddesses Never Age

“Our belief system becomes our biology.”

Christiane Northrup, M.D., is a visionary pioneer and a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness, which includes the unity of mind, body, emotions, and spirit. Internationally known for her empowering approach to women’s health and wellness, Dr. Northrup teaches women how to thrive at every stage of life.

“Getting older is the time to increase value and competency.”

A board-certified OB/GYN physician, Dr. Northrup graduated from Dartmouth Medical School and completed her residency at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston. She was also an assistant clinical professor of OB/GYN at Maine Medical Center for 20 years.

Dr. Northrup knows that the key to vibrant health on all levels is within us—our inner wisdom. She says, “When we find the connection between our thoughts, beliefs, physical health, and life circumstances, we find that we are in the driver’s seat of our lives and can make profound changes. Nothing is more exhilarating or empowering.”

Dr. Northrup’s work has been featured on Super Soul Sunday on OWN, The Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today ShowNBC Nightly NewsThe ViewRachael RayGood Morning America20/20, and The Dr. Oz Show.  Women clearly trust Dr. Northrup’s approach. In 2013, Reader’s Digest named her one of “The 100 Most Trusted People in America.” And, in 2016, she was named one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100, a group of leaders who are using their voices and talent to awaken humanity.

Dr. Northrup has spent her life as an advocate for women’s health and wellness, first as a practicing OB/GYN physician for 25 years and now as an internationally respected writer and speaker. Her books have been translated into 24 languages.

A multiple New York Times best-selling author, Dr. Northup’s most recent book, Dodging Energy Vampires: An Empath’s Guide To Evading Relationships That Drain You And Restoring Your Health And Power (Hay House, April 2018) was an immediate success. In it Dr. Northrup sheds light on the real reason so many people suffer from seemingly inexplicable health conditions. Based on her professional and person experiences, Dr. Northrup provides strategies for removing narcissists and other cluster b-types from your life, and how you can recover your health after a relationship with an energy vampire.

Dr. Northrup put her own personal truth on paper in 1994, with the first edition of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom (Bantam, 1994). This groundbreaking classic quickly became a New York Times bestseller, and has been the veritable bible of women’s health for nearly two decades. With its raw facts and intriguing case histories, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom explains exactly how to “create physical and emotional health and healing.”

Her second book, The Wisdom of Menopause (Bantam, 2001, 2006, 2012), has been embraced by women everywhere, including Oprah Winfrey, who sought Dr. Northrup’s wisdom when she turned 50 and faced “The Big M.” In this New York Times bestseller, Dr. Northrup once again challenged convention with inspiring insights—the “change” is not a collection of symptoms to be fixed, but a mind/body revolution, which brings tremendous opportunity for happiness.

Mother-Daughter Wisdom, Dr. Northrup’s third book (Bantam, 2005), was voted Amazon’s #1 book of the year in both parenting and mind/body health, and was also nominated for a Quill Award.

In The Secret Pleasures of Menopause (Hay House, 2008) and The Secret Pleasures of Menopause Playbook (Hay House, 2009), Dr. Northrup outlines the crucial link between health and pleasure.

Beautiful Girl, (Hay House, 2013) Dr. Northrup’s children’s book, brings her positive message to the youngest of girls.

In Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality and Wellbeing (Hay House, February 2015), which quickly became a New York Times bestseller, Dr. Northrup inspires women (and men) with an entirely different mindset about what it means to grow older.

In her book, Making Life Easy: A Simple Guide to A Divinely Inspired Life (Hay House, 2016) Dr. Northrup shares the essential truth that has guided her since medical school, and advises her readers how to make their lives truly easy.

Dr. Northrup has also hosted eight highly successful public-television specials, beginning in 1998. Her latest was based on her book, Goddesses Never Age, and first aired nationwide in February 2015.

Dr. Northrup also founded Amata Life, a company that manufactures and distributes a product line featuring the Pueraria mirifica plant, a traditional medicine used by Thai women for 700 years. These health and beauty products help alleviate the symptoms of menopause, so women can truly thrive in the wisdom of this uniquely female life stage.

As a business owner, physician, former surgeon, mother, writer, and speaker, Dr. Northrup acknowledges our individual and collective capacity for growth, freedom, joy, and balance. When she’s not traveling and teaching, Dr. Northrup loves devoting her leisure time to dancing Argentine Tango, playing the harp, going to the movies, staying fit, getting together with her daughters and friends, boating, and reading.

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Dr. Northrup stays in touch with her large and growing tribe worldwide through her Internet radio show Flourish!FacebookTwitter, her biweekly e-Newsletter, and her website

Episode 84: Off the Clock – Reframing the Story of “Busy”

“I have no time.” Laura Vanderkam teaches us how to learn to savor life’s best moments–no matter how busy you are–through mindset shifts that alter your perception of time.

She’s the acclaimed author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, but isn’t like other time-management gurus. She’s not trying to shave off 30 seconds here or there; she’s interested in the emotional and psychological side of the 168 hours everyone has each week. Her core message is that you have more time than you think you do, and you can feel less stressed while getting more done.

With the right habits, you can live efficiently and effectively, and yet still see time as abundant.


Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done

List of 100 Dreams Challenge

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Episode 83: Mike Rouse: The Joy of Running and Running and Running

Mike Rouse is a runner, ultra-runner, 3x Ultraman World Champion and owner of Run Texas in Frisco, Texas. He has a fascinating story from prison to running and beyond. Enjoy!

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Twitter: RunningRousey

Episode 82: Kyle Maynard: No Excuses, Climbing Mountains and Fear

“Know your limits, but never stop trying to break them.”

Kyle Maynard is a motivational speaker, bestselling author, entrepreneur, and ESPY award-winning mixed martial arts athlete, known for becoming the first quadruple amputee to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Aconcagua without the aid of prosthetics.

Oprah Winfrey called Kyle “one of the most inspiring young men you will ever hear about.” Arnold Schwarzenegger described him as “the real deal,” “a champion human,” and “one of the most inspiring people” he’s ever met. Even the great Wayne Gretzky has spoken of Kyle’s “greatness.”

Despite being born with a rare condition known as congenital amputation, that has left him with arms that end at the elbows and legs that end near his knees, he learned early on with the support of his family, to live life independently and without prosthetics. Kyle thrives on physical challenges and following a few rough middle school football seasons; he went on to become a champion wrestler, CrossFit Certified Instructor and gym owner, competitive MMA/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter, world record-setting weightlifter, and skilled mountaineer.

In 2012, Kyle became the first quadruple amputee to climb – actually bearcrawl – the 19,340 feet to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro without the aid of prosthetics. His 10-day ascent was widely covered by the press, followed on social media, and raised money and awareness for wounded veterans as well as Tanzanian schoolchildren. Upon his return, Kyle won his second ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) award for Best Male Athlete with a Disability.

Four years later, he reached the summit of Argentina’s breathtakingly beautiful and sometimes deadly Mount Aconcagua – the highest peak in both the Western and Southern Hemispheres, standing at 22,838 feet. Following that epic summit, Nike featured Kyle in the powerful commercial “Unlimited Will,” which debuted globally during the 2016 Olympics, was viewed by millions around the world – and was part of the series that AdWeek named the most memorable of all commercials during the 2016 Olympics.

Kyle has not let his success be defined by anything or anyone but himself. He has lived his life striving to do more, learn more, push harder, go further—and to inspire others to do the same by sharing his story and living by example. Though he tailors his speeches to his audience, his messages are centered on building a life driven by purpose and meaning, the importance of the undying pursuit of dreams, and the belief that no obstacle is too great and nothing in their lives can keep them from accomplishing their goals.

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Episode 81 – Lisa F. Smith: Girl Walks Out of a Bar

Lisa Smith was a bright young lawyer at a prestigious law firm in NYC when alcoholism and drug addiction took over her life. What was once a way she escaped her insecurity and negativity as a teenager became a means of coping with the anxiety and stress of an impossible workload.

Clean and sober for more than 10 years, Lisa is passionate about breaking the stigma of drug and alcohol addiction, particularly for professional women. Her book, Girl Walks Out of a Bar, is her story.

The book explores Smith’s formative years, her decade of alcohol and drug abuse, divorce, and her road to recovery. In this darkly comic and wrenchingly honest story, Smith describes how her circumstances conspire with her predisposition to depression and self-medication in an environment ripe for addiction to flourish. When her close-knit group of high-achieving friends celebrate the end of their grueling workdays with alcohol-fueled nights at the city’s clubs and summer weekends partying at the beach the feel-good times can spiral wildly out of control.

Girl Walks Out of a Bar is a candid portrait of alcoholism through the lens of gritty New York realism. Beneath the façade of success lies the reality of addiction.

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Past Episodes

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Episode 80 – Mirna Valerio: Ultra-Running, Body Image, Bears, Oh My

Episode 79 – Rachel Joyce: IRONMAN Champ, Mum, Recovering Attorney

Episode 78 – Ben Dziwulski: WODPrep, CrossFit and Stronger Things

Episode 77 – Shay Eskew – What the Fire Ignited

Episode 76 – Dr. Will Cole – Functional Medicine & Nutrition

Episode 75 – Emily Ann Peterson: Bare Naked Bravery

Episode 74 – Leah Weinberg – Color Pop Events & Entrepreneurship

Episode 73 – Laila Ali – Boxing and Thinking Outside the Box

Episode 72 – Kyle Kingsbury – UFC Fighter and Total Human Optimization

Episode 71 – Jeffrey Davis: Tracking Wonder

Episode 70: Brad Cooper: Godspeed – The Race Across America

Episode 69: Bob Clagett: I Like to Make Stuff & Making Time

Episode 68: Melissa Hartwig:  Whole30 and “The Same 24 Hours”

Episode 67: Nicole DeBoom: Running this World and Skirt Sports and Stuff

Episode 66: John Young:  “The Hammer”

Episode 65: Lizzie Velasquez: Dare to Be Kind

Episode 64: Benjamin Hardy: Willpower Doesn’t Work

Episode 63:  Kelly Roberts:  She Can and She Did (f/k/a Run Selfie Repeat)

Episode 62: Cheryl Haworth

Episode 61: Dr. Kelly Brogan


Episode 60: Chrissie Wellington

Episode 59: Another Mother Runner Icons, Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea

Episode 58:  Fit Legally: Rachel Brenke

Episode 57: James Lawrence: The Iron Cowboy

Episode 56: Amy Morin: Mentally Strong People and Parents
Episode 55: Ted Rubin: #NoLetUp
Episode 54: Richard Turner: Dealt
Episode 53: Randy Spelling: Unlimiting You

Episode 52: Natalie Brenner: This Undeserved Life
Episode 51: Michael Stevens: Mind Field
Episode 50: Jason Jaksetic: Spartan Racing
Episode 49: Craig Kulyk: Create Good Mornings
Episode 48: Diane Berberian: Lose of Sight and Seeing Life
Episode 47: Josh Mathe – Trail Running and More
Episode 46: Mike Reilly : the Voice of IRONMAN

Episode 45: Christine Goodner: Music, Children and the Suzuki Method
Episode 44: Kim Stemple and We Finish Together
Episode 43: Down Syndrome & Law Syndrome
Episode 42: Rob Jones: Double-Amputee and 31 Marathons in 31 Days in 31 Cities
Episode 41: Ally Faber: Treacher Collins Syndrome and Nolan
Episode 40: Anthony Malone: Yoga and Life
Episode 39: Dr. Aviva Romm

Episode 38: Louise Green: Big Fit Girl
Episode 37: Erin Musto: Maddie’s Mark
Episode 36: Dina Griffin: Metabolic Efficiency Training
Episode 35: THE Dr. Shefali: Conscious Parenting

Episode 34: John Kim: The Angry Therapist
Episode 33: David Dillard-Wright: Meditation and A Mindful Life
Episode 32: David Garrow: Barack Obama and Pulitzer-Prize Winning
Episode 31: Kim Dinan: The Yellow Envelope
Episode 30: Jeff Goins – Real Artists Don’t Starve
Episode 29: Annie Grace – Naked Mind and Alcohol
Episode 28: Mirinda Carfrae:  IRONMAN World Champion and Mom-to-Be
Episode 27: Natalia Cohen:  Losing Sight of Shore

Episode 26: Kyle and Brent Pease: IRONMEN Times Three
Episode 25: Josh Mathe:  I, Athlete
Episode 24: Sarah Hepola: Blackout
Episode 23: Scott Rigsby: Unthinkable & Making an Impact
Episode 22: Deb Cheslow: Unrealogical and Brave
Episode 21: Dr. Anthony Jay: Estrogeneration
Episode 20: Michelle Kalinski
Episode 19: Lesley Paterson: The Brave Athlete
Episode 18: Jeff Galloway: Running and Walking and Running
Episode 17: David Leite: Notes on a Banana
Episode 16: Lauren Handel Zander:  Maybe It’s You. (Cut the Crap)

Episode 15: Megan Melgaard: Fix My Swim
Episode 14: Dr. Darryl Johnson:  Marijuana (Yes, Really)
Episode 13: BethAnn Telford: Brain Cancer and Beyond
Episode 12: Audrey Sanchez: Balanced
Episode 11: Dr. Michael Greger: How Not to Die
Episode 10: Jason Cohen : #BigChangeTheFilm
Episode 9: Bridget Quinn: Art and Life
Episode 8: Sika Henry
Episode 7: Susan Wintersteen: Savvy & Generous
Episode 6:  Holly K. Dunn: Sole Survivor
Episode 5: Danielle Grabol: Fear No Distance
Episode 4: The Pease Brothers: Together We Wheel
Episode 2: Anna Woods: She Strength
Episode 1: Heart Rate Training with Gerry Halphen

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