Monday, February 4, 2013

Erik Weihenmayer: Blind Adventurer

Erik Weihenmayer was born in 1968 with an eye disease called retinoschisis.  By the age of 13, he became completely blind.  At the age of 16, he began mountain climbing. Erik is now an acrobatic skydiver, long distance biker, marathon runner, skier, mountaineer, ice climber, and rock climber.  In 2008, he completely his quest to climb the 7 Summits, the highest location on each of the 7 continents.

Erik is also a motivational speaker and author.  He speaks for some of the largest companies in the world, as well as leaders in all spheres of life.  He has many different talking points, but here are some themes:

Shattering Expectations: Guided by a Vision 
“Often,” Erik says, “we are forced to throw out the expectations of others and rise to the level of our own internal potential.”

 Teamwork - The Only Way To Cross A Glacier Is On A Rope Team
"The key is to surround yourself, not just with people of talent, but with people who don't buy into the notion: Seeing is Believing, but know the opposite is true: Believing is Seeing."

Alchemy - Using Adversity as an Advantage:
"Imagine," Erik offers, "if adversity was no longer your enemy, but your ally, no longer an impediment, but the pathway."

Who inspires you to turn adversity into advantage and adventure?!