78: Limbitless with Unstoppable Tracy Schmitt

 

Tracy Schmitt was born a 4-way amputee. She learned how to become unstoppable at an early age and accomplish goals that most people would never even dare to try. In this episode:

  • Over 15 million views for her video, “Nobody Left Behind”
  • When you’re told no, respond with “How come?”
  • Shoelace Leader
  • Learning how to play with the neighbors in their yard
  • The benefits of having a “tough love” mom
  • Born limbitless
  • Pursuing leadership development in developing countries
  • Learning how to sail and overcoming multiple challenges
  • Pursuing the Canadian Paralympic Sailing Team
  • Driving to Miami, washing and waxing boats everyday, and living in her car for 3 months to pursue Magnus Liljedahl, Gold Olympian Sailor, as her coach and mentor
  • How Tracy responded after years and years fo effort without selection to the Canadian Paralympic Team
  • Becoming the #1 Female Transformational Leader
  • No excuses, no limits

You can follow Tracy on Instagram @unstoppabletracy and learn more about her at unstoppabletracy.com

77: I am, I can, I will with Ryan Harris

 

Ryan Harris won Superbowl 50 as a starting offensive lineman for the Denver Broncos. He retired after a long career in the NFL and inspires others throughout the world with his message of “I am, I can, I will.” In this episode:

  • The lessons in life that football taught Ryan
  • “I became a better Muslim at Notre Dame.” Staying true to his faith through college.
  • Overcoming three back surgeries during his football career
  • The biggest failure during his time in the NFL: getting released in his fifth year because of arrogance
  • Unwillingness is a blanket over arrogance
  • Trying to win a championship with every fiber of his body and every action of his life
  • Utilizing proper breathing techniques
  • Winning Superbowl 50 with the Denver Broncos – What he believed became knowledge
  • Receiving the Lombardi Trophy for the first time from Peyton Manning
  • Transitioning to life as a broadcaster, motivational speaker, and a financial coach
  • I am, I can, I will

You can find out more about Ryan at ryanharris68.com and you can follow him on Instagram @ryanharris_68

76: Mountaineering NFL Veteran with Mark Pattison

 

Mark Pattison played in the NFL for 5 years before he embarked on a journey to become the first NFL veteran to climb the 7 Summits. He completed 6 and has one more to go. In this episode:

  • Becoming an All-American at WR and QB in high school, and playing WR at University of Washington
  • Transitioning to college ball and playing against NFL talent in the Pac-10
  • Getting drafted by the LA Raiders and playing in the NFL for 5 years
  • How his career in the NFL translated to mountaineering
  • Launching businesses after his career in international trade business
  • Going through a messy divorce and deciding to become the first NFL veteran to climb the 7 summits
  • Going from “How did I get here?” to “What am I going to do about it?”
  • Stories of hardship on the tallest mountains in the world
  • Almost getting to the top of Mt. Denali to make a decision for survival and turn around in -80 degree weather
  • Preparing physically and mentally to go back to Denali and summit it successfully
  • The only remaining mountain on Mark’s 7 Summits List: Mt. Everest
  • Mark’s podcast, Finding Your Summit Podcast, which interviews people who have overcome extreme adversity to find the highest level of achievement
  • It takes a little more to become a champion

You can follow Mark at markpattisonnfl.com and @markpattisonnfl on IG and Twitter.

75: Homeless to Yale with Chelesa Fearce

 

Chelesa Fearce grew up homeless in Atlanta throughout high school. Even in the midst of that hardship, she was a dedicated student and graduated as the valedictorian of her class. She is pursuing a dual degree in medicine at Yale University. In this episode:

  • Pursuing dual degrees in medical school in research and child psychiatry
  • Living in and out of homeless shelters and hotels for eight years as a teenager
  • Moving to Mississippi when her mother was diagnosed with cancer
  • The worst experience she had from homelessness
  • Recognizing her duty as a role model to her younger siblings
  • Why Chelesa looks up to her mother
  • Receiving a full scholarship to Spelman College
  • Why Chelesa chose Yale for medical school among many other elite schools she was accepted to
  • Her key to limiting stress while creating an environment of meaningful studying
  • Why she wants to become a child psychiatrist: to give a voice to children who can’t speak up for themselves, and to design medical drugs that help kids throughout the world
  • Her advice to other homeless people: It is temporary, it is not your identity, and you deserve to be loved

You can follow Chelesa on Instagram and Facebook @chelesafearce

74: Hammer Driven Athlete with Steph Hammerman

 

Steph Hammerman was born with Cerebral Palsy. She became the first adaptive trainer athlete sponsored by Nike due to her Crossfit expertise. In this episode:

  • Wanting to become a teacher ever since she was a little girl
  • Her doctors told her parents that Steph may never be able to read, speak, or write, however she graduated high school and college
  • Steph lives a fulfilled life with cerebral palsy. She does not suffer from cerebral palsy
  • The most difficult part of having CP – getting out of bed in the morning.
  • The best part of having CP – the perspective she has gained on life
  • The question her trainer asked her that transformed her life, “What do you want to accomplish?”
  • Overcoming bloody, ripped hands and fatigue to finish her first hand cycling marathon
  • How the passing of her friend inspired her to carry on his athletic legacy
  • The starting pieces of her journey to becoming a CrossFit athlete and certified trainer
  • Why Steph has the power to tell someone about something verbally and watch them accomplish their workout even though Steph can’t do the same movement herself
  • Battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Stage 3B in 2016
  • Becoming the first Nike sponsored adaptive training athlete
  • Opening up Hammer Driven Fitness and the challenges that come with running a business

You can follow Steph on Instagram @stephthehammer