View, Learn and Enjoy – All At Your Own Pace
This Lesson is a part of Erik’s Course: Belief As Your Fuel
This course provides learners with a fresh outlook on the definition of ego. Some consider ego as negative. In this lesson, Erik explains how, when harnessed and used the right way, ego can serve as an incredible driver to positive outcomes.
Despite going blind at age 13, Erik had the privilege of living an adventurous life. In 2001, he became the only blind person in history to reach the summit of the Mt. Everest. By age 39, he had climbed all of the Seven Summits – the highest peaks on each of the seven continents. An article in Time Magazine said, "There is no way to put what Erik has done in perspective because no one has ever done anything like it. It is a unique achievement, one that in the truest sense pushes the limits of what man is capable of."
In fall, 2004, he, along with his Everest teammates, led a group of blind Tibetan teenagers to 21,000 ft. on the north face of Mt. Everest as an educational outreach project. This expedition was documented in the film, Blindsight. Erik was also included in the award-winning film, High Ground - the ascent of Lobuche, a 20,000 foot peak in Nepal.
He has shared speaking platforms with Secretary Colin Powell, Vice President Al Gore, Henry Kissinger, Prime Minister Tony Blair, and authors Tom Peters and Stephen Covey. Erik speaks to audiences on harnessing the power of adversity, the importance of a "rope team," and the daily struggle to pursue your dreams. In September 2014, Erik kayaked the entire 277 mile length of the Grand Canyon (www.KayakingBlind.org). Through the journey, Erik and his team encouraged followers to take the No Barriers Pledge (www.nobarriersusa.org), a commitment statement to live a No Barriers Life.
"The course is great. It is helping me put into perspective the choice I made to take time out of my career and go to graduate school to enrich and transition to a career of more meaning, value, and success. It is helping me see that the success part is where I am right now."