#49) How to Climb Everest, Host TV and be a Deaf Singer/Songwriter

Posted on Posted in Blog, Season 1, Self Development

Time: Years

Cost: Lots, and Lots of Time, Money and Hardwork

Difficulty: Hard to even Measure

Worth it: Hell Freakin Ya

The Consistent Message of Success

In a slight change from typical 52skillz programming, we are about to get all serious and motivational up in hur.

Here is what I want to talk about this week.

  1. People that accomplish great things are people too.
  2. Achieving great things in different domains follows a relatively transferable mindset.
  3. If you want to accomplish something incredible, its gonna involve a looooooot of pain.
Erik Weihenmayer at the Top of Everest. Erik is blind, and was helped to the the top of Everest with a team of 20 people, one of which was Michael Brown.

1. People that Accomplish Great Things are People Too

At first glance, the concept of “people that accomplish great things are people too” may seem kind of odd…but I wasn’t sure of a better way to word it…let me explain.

Maybe its just me, but for the majority of my life I would look at people like Michael, Ryan and Mandy and think:
“These people have something that I don’t have. They are indestructible. They know exactly what where they are going and they were probably born into a better situation than I was…etc….etc…”
And in typical 52skillz fashion, I now recognize that as total B.S.
These individuals are not only flawed, very destructible people, but many of them come from similar if not worse backgrounds than myself.
ei: Richard Branson, Elon Musk, etc… etc…

They just know how to stick to a vision and work really really hard to make that vision happen.

Which was one of the most empowering things I have ever learned. It is no longer about what is happening externally around you, it is now about you, and the decisions you make with the time you are given.

Singer/Songwriter Mandy Harvey. Mandy went deaf at the age of 18, and has continued following her passion for performing music since. BOOM! INSPIRATION!

2. Achieving great things in different domains follow are relatively transferable mindset.

*see appendix 1:

Appendix 1:

Mental Over Physical

Tackle Your Fears

Never Give Up

Surround Your Self with Great People

You Are Good Enough

Do What You Love, and Be Genuine

Know Why You’re Doing What You’re Doing

Keep What You Create

If you have watched the video you’ll have some idea of what individual said what for each of the above concepts. The interesting thing is, I would be willing to bet that if you were to see those ideas laid out without watching the video, you would have a pretty hard time determining which concept lined up with which industry.

Though climbing Everest 5 times, being a TV host and becoming a successful musician are all very different things, they all have a similar message.  Ambition, work ethic, commitment to a vision and sacrifice all apply to doing something incredible.


After spending two years helping a village in Honduras, Ryan spent 8 months biking back to Boulder Colorado.

Speaking of sacrifice

3. Doing Amazing Stuff Involves 66% Pain

Is that a peer-reviewed stat? Nope. Does it need to be? Nope.

Often times when I meet people doing amazing stuff, I like to ask them to describe their experience using just 3 words. And almost every time I have askedthis question I get two descriptive words correlated to pain like “devastating” or “scary”, and then a powerful word correlated to positivity like “fulfilling” or “satisfaction”.

“And when you extrapolate that data, you can then assume that these people have suffered for the majority of their career (or life) to get where they are today.”

Wanna climb Everest? Get ready to be cold and miserable for 3 months. Wanna become a TV host? You gotta go through the pain-cave first bro. Wanna become a successful musician? Well, better have your greatest fears realized, and then conquer those mutha uckas.

And though my sample size is only about 10 people, I would be willing to bet if you interviewed the top 1000 most impressive people in the world, the results would be pretty consistent. **cough**University of Alberta**cough**

So Whats the Secret to Climbing Everest, becoming a Successful TV Host, and being a Deaf Musician?

Work Hard. Conquer your Fears. Never Give Up. Embrace Pain. And Keep. On. Going.

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed, and happy learning.

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