Colin Timothy O'Brady is an American professional endurance athlete, motivational speaker and adventurer. He set the Explorers Grand Slam and Seven Summits speed records and became the fastest person to complete the adventurers challenges in 139 days and 131 days respectively.
Colin O'Brady is a professional endurance athlete, motivational speaker and adventurer. His new book "The Impossible First" documents his adventure as the first person in the world to travel across Antarctica unassisted.
Colin O’Brady is a world record holding explorer and one of the world’s top endurance athletes. Fresh out of college, Colin had a vast world of possibility in front of him when a tragic accident left him hospitalized. Unsure if he’d ever walk again, his injuries covered nearly 25% of his body, primarily damaging his legs and feet. Despite the odds, his mother encouraged him to dream big and he dared to set a seemingly impossible goal that set him on a path to rethink what’s possible. Fast forward to today, and Colin’s list of achievements is staggering. In this episode, we get into many of his harrowing adventures, including his solo, unsupported, unassisted crossing of Antartica. Even if you’re not a professional athlete or have any ambition to break world records, his story will resonate. We all need courage, a strong mindset, and pure grit to overcome obstacles, pursue big dreams, and do the seemingly impossible. A few highlights from our conversation: 1000 NOs paves the way to YES. How failure is only helping us forge and prepare us for the thing we are reaching for. The longest journey is 6 inches between your ears. Colin shares how he discovered mindset was critical to success, and how he continues to sharpen his own mindset How to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. That’s where the magic happens. And much more … Enjoy! Today's episode is brought to you by CreativeLive. CreativeLive is the world's largest hub for online creative education in photo/video, art/design, music/audio, craft/maker and the ability to make a living in any of those disciplines. They are high quality, highly curated classes taught by the world’s top experts -- Pulitzer, Oscar, Grammy Award winners, New York Times best selling authors and the best entrepreneurs of our times. 
“Stay positive. Make a change for yourself. Tell others about your change. Feel good and hopefully, the message will spread.”Gemma NewmanWelcome to the 7th annual Best of the RRP Anthology — our way of taking a moment to reflect on the year, express gratitude and give thanks for taking this journey with us.To be honest, I didn’t think we could top 2018 -- but we did. It’s been an incredible year. I'm deeply indebted to all my extraordinary guests. And unbelievably proud of the library we dedicated ourselves to creating over the last twelve months.To prepare for the year ahead, it’s critical to pause. To reflect back. Celebrate the victories. Take inventory of the missteps. And visualize the goals you wish to self-actualize in the months ahead. I believe in this process. And I feel strongly that 2020 holds the potential energy manifest your aspirations.It is in this spirit that we created a tradition of closing each year with a look in the rear view with a 2-episode compilation of clips excerpted from many of year's best guests.Consider these next two shows as a love letter. My way of saying thank you. I see you. I believe in you. And I believe in the power we all have to do, be and live better. To step into our best, most authentic selves. And in turn, share freely what we have learned in service of others.For long-time listeners, the next two episodes are intended to launch you into 2020 with renewed vigor and intention. Lean in to the wisdom. Leverage it to clarify your 2020 goals.If you're newer to the show, my hope is that this anthology will prime you to peruse the back catalog and check out episodes you may have missed.Links to the full episodes excerpted in this anthology can be found in the below show notes.You can watch it all go down on YouTube (with the exception of the Gemma Newman, Jack Dorsey and Kevin Smith excerpts, episodes that we did not film). And as always, the conversation streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.Here's to an extraordinary 2020. Join me, and let's make it the best year ever -- together.Peace + Plants,Listen, Watch & Subscribe             Apple Podcasts | YouTube | Spotify | Stitcher | Google PodcastsThanks to this week’s sponsorsJaybird: Pioneering audio for the active, Jaybird makes the most advanced and durable headphones I have ever tried. Their wireless Vista earbuds (my favorite) are not only waterproof and sweatproof with industry-leading battery life, they're the only true wireless headphones that meet U.S. military rugged compliance standards. In addition, Vista’s cutting-edge JBS1 wireless technology ensures crystal-clear, zero-lag stereo sound for music and calls, and a reliable connection that pairs easily with your phone. When you’re ready to expand the horizon of your active audio experience, go to The easiest way to create a beautiful website, blog, or online store for you and your ideas. Save 10% at checkout when visit and use the offer code “RICHROLL” at checkout.Caldera Lab: Right now, the folks at Caldera Lab are even offering my listeners 20% off their first purchase of The Good. All you gotta do is go to or use discount code RICHROLL at checkout.Note: One of the best ways to support the podcast is to support the sponsors. For a complete list of all RRP sponsors and their respective vanity url's and discount codes, visit my Resources page and click "Sponsors".FULL EPISODES EXCERPTEDRRP #413: You Can’t Hurt David GogginsRRP #428: Nadia Bolz-Weber Is ShamelessRRP #416: Johann Hari On Lost ConnectionsRRP #417: Kílian Jornet Is The World’s Greatest Mountain RunnerRRP #449: Gemma Newman, MD Is The Plant Power DoctorRRP #425: Tom Bilyeu On Exiting The MatrixRRP #430: Jack Dorsey On Shouldering The Health of Global ConversationRRP #460: Annaka Harris On ConsciousnessRRP #433: Kevin Smith On The Heart Attack That Saved His LifeRRP #438: Lisa Damour, PhD On Parenting Teens Under PressureRRP #439: Colin O’Brady Is The First To Cross Antarctica Alone & UnassistedRRP #475: Amelia Boone Is A Human Being (And Still A Badass)RRP #472: Chase Jarvis: Creativity Is Our BirthrightThanks to Jason Camiolo for production, audio engineering, interstitial music and show notes; Margo Lubin and Blake Curtis for video, editing and graphics. Theme music by Ana Leimma.for 1000s of delicious, customized plant-based recipes & so much more, check out our Plantpower Meal Plannergift cards now available // give the gift of health this holiday! HOW CAN I SUPPORT THE PODCAST?Tell Your Friends & Share Online!Subscribe & Review:  iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | Soundcloud | Google PodcastsDonate: Check out our Patreon accountSupport The Sponsors: One of the best ways to support the podcast is to support our sponsors. For a complete list of all RRP sponsors and their respective vanity url's and discount codes, visit my Resources page and click "Sponsors". See for privacy and opt-out information.
How does a regular person with fears and doubts go from abject failure to breaking world records? Colin O’Brady suffered a critical injury so bad that a doctor told him he would probably never walk properly again. So, he climbed Mount Everest. And he became the first person to do what was thought impossible--cross Antarctica alone and unaided. On this week’s episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, watch as Colin O’Brady explains how he deals with fears, doubts, and competitiveness, and how he uses objectivity about it all to his advantage. This episode is sponsored by: Butcherbox: Use the discount code: "TOM" at to get 20$ off and FREE BACON BrandCrowd: Get started for FREE by visiting Audible: Start listening with a 30-day Audible trial and your first audiobook plus two Audible Originals are free. Visit or text IMPACT to 500-500 Skillshare. Start learning on Skillshare today with 2 free months at Impact Theory University: Visit today!   SHOW NOTES:   Colin explains what inspires him to take extreme risks [2:42] Colin describes the connection between being an artist and an athlete [4:30] Colin talks about how his self-narrative kept him going [7:51] Colin describes his relationship to fear [13:32] Colin defines the most important skill he needed to cross Antarctica alone [18:30] Colin describes the real experience of meditation [20:33] Colin explains why he doesn’t have a negative interpretation of his experiences [27:00] Colin illustrates his own competitive drive and how he cultivates it [35:00] Colin describes his conception of death [42:00] Colin shares the impact he wants to have on the world [49:00]   QUOTES:   “We are the story we tell ourselves.” [8:16] “My biggest fear is bottoming out at that plateau of comfortable complacency.” [46:30] “The fear is not death specifically. The curiosity is how can I live my life so that I’m...not hedging so much against death that I don’t fully live.” [47:26]   FOLLOW:   WEBSITE: INSTAGRAM: FACEBOOK: TWITTER:
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Mar 16th, 1985
Portland, OR, USA
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14 hours, 7 minutes
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