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Today’s guest is one of the most exciting people I’ve ever met. Ultrarunner, Charlie Engle was the first man to run across the Sahara Desert. He’s a real life action hero too – all documented in a documentary film produced and narrated by Matt Damon (yes, you read that right!)
What I love about Charlie is his ability to take on and succeed at things which seem humanly impossible.
Charlie is right at home when he’s neck deep in struggle. In fact, struggle has defined a whole chunk of his life. From crack cocaine and alcohol addiction, to a stay in federal prison, to the extreme feats of physical endurance, Charlie is proof you can survive anything.
And that’s what we talk about in this episode. Why push yourself to the absolute limits? Why put yourself under so much pain? How do you move beyond exhaustion to achieve things most people can even imagine (wait until you hear about the next ‘crazy’ adventure Charlie’s planning!)
So brew a cup and listen to an inspiring story of hope about a man will just will NOT give up.
We spend a whole lot of time worrying about things that are out in the future and out of our control when what we should be doing is focusing on exactly what’s right in front of us.
I’ve got to be honest, I seriously loved talking with Charlie. I come from a similar mindset – that struggle can be transformative and that you can grow and discover more about the person you are as a result of intense challenge.
It’s like Charlie said, anytime you purposely put yourself into a challenging situation you always learn something from it.
Often we choose the comfortable path through life (perhaps unknowingly). But I agree with Charlie. “Comfort is overrated” and “comfort as a goal is very unfulfilling.” In Charlie’s words, “I’m not on this planet to have an easy experience. I’m here to do as many things as I can.”
So if you’re curious about the mindset and philosophies of a man who’s more comfortable in struggle than out of it, you’re in for a treat. And if Charlie’s story inspires you to take on a feat of your own, I’d love to hear about it.
Continuous forward movement pretty much always wins the day. You don’t have to be awesome all the time. You just have to not give up.