THIS IS MY STORY
When I was just a kid I lost my companion, my best friend.
My twin brother passed way too soon.
For a long time, I felt like there was a hole in the middle of my chest, a hole that no matter what I did it never seemed to be filled up.
Needless to say, that event changed the course of my life.
Even though my brother and I were inseparable, we were completely different as well. He was extremely brave; he was always looking for an adventure. Me, on the other hand, I was afraid of almost everything.
But when he unexpectedly passed away, I changed. I became more confident. I began to search for adventures as well. I guess I was trying to compensate for the hole that he left behind.
That is why I decided to travel the world, so I could live a life that I could share with him.
Unfortunately, the death of my brother was not the only thing that brought me pain as I grew up. My family and I struggled a lot financially.
It always felt like we were not going to make ends meet. We had the electricity and water shut off more than once. And I remember the many times in the supermarket standing in line wishing that we could afford what was in the cart.
You see… I was not supposed to achieve much in my life.
That is what I want to share with you… how I achieve the “Impossible”.
I want to share how I went from having nothing to becoming an international keynote speaker, author, explorer, filmmaker, and photographer.
How I went from being broke and homeless to walking the famous Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage, and from being in bed with a back injury to leading a team cycling 14,000 miles from Alaska to Argentina.
My goal is to show you how to bet on yourself, achieve the “Impossible”, and become a powerful leader.
I want to do this because I want to live a life that God and my brother can be proud of.
A life that I can be proud of.
I want to do this because if I do it, you can too.
WHAT I’VE DONE
*CYCLED 14,000 MILES FROM ALASKA TO ARGENTINA
*WALKED THE 500 MILE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO PILGRIMAGE
*MEDITATED 10 HOURS A DAY FOR 10 DAYS STRAIGHT… TWICE
*GAVE 4 TEDx TALKS
My most recent project, Pedal South, entailed leading a team of four storytellers on a two-year expedition cycling from Alaska to Argentina, from the top of the world to the bottom of the world. The purpose was to create a documentary that would give a perspective of the people and landscape of the Americas today.
EL CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
I walked 500 miles from border to sea the entire country of Spain.
El Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) is a large network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe and coming together at the tomb of St. James (Santiago in Spanish) in Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain.
This is a short that I did about the walk.
I spent 10 days in complete silence meditating 10 hours a day.
Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was rediscovered by Gotama Buddha more than 2500 years ago. This non-sectarian technique aims for the total eradication of mental impurities and the resultant highest happiness of full liberation.