Meet your mentors
#tbt to hiking with one of my heroes Erik Weihenmayer.
Erik is the only blind person to have completed the Seven Summits, which means he climbed the highest peak on each continent, including Mount Everest. // Think about that for a second … being completely blind and walking across ice ladders with several hundred foot crevasses below you, hearing the ice crack and give way as you do.
He also recently kayaked the length of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon this past year. Sighted people, and experienced kayakers at that, routinely fail there.
But what’s most impressive to me is what he’s accomplished with being one of the original founders of the nonprofit No Barriers USA. Out of many amazing things No Barriers does, my favorite is how they host an annual summit with more than 1,000 people with disabilities all getting outside and crushing obstacles they never thought they could. I’ve been three times now and it’s consistently one of my favorite weekends of the year.
It wasn’t an accident that we met Erik either. My buddy Dan Adams and I went to the summit the first time primarily to seek him out and get some guidance in the climbing world.
I believe that’s what you have to do sometimes. Find a way to meet your mentors. Don’t wait for them to show up. Get creative. People are probably pretty busy. But if you go and meet them, it’s another story. Go even if you’re afraid. Build the relationship. Even if you’re not sure what to say. At the moment I can’t think of anything that has made the impact on the past couple years of my life in the past couple years.