I am an adventurer.

This means I make a living by doing things that have never been done before. Whether it’s rowing 3,000 miles across the ocean or hiking through a desert that no human has ever crossed, before I do the things I do people call them “impossible.” After I’m done, they call them “crazy.” I call them “world records.”

I love what I do. Those words don’t bother me at all. But there are five words that do: “I could never do that.”

In addition to being an adventurer, I’m also a teacher. I travel the world teaching business leaders, academics, and others how dangerous those five words can be. I teach them that you don’t need to be a six foot five genetic freak like myself to do something amazing. I teach them that ...

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