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We all are uniquely
different. Just how do your turn your strenghts into success?
What started as a fun run to shed some pounds lit the fire to evolve into a
super accomplished extreme adventurer.
Looking at Richard Bowles, setting new standards in the
world of extreme ultra mountain and trail running, you´d think it´s all
genetics, talent and maybe luck to be able to pull off many world records.
But it´s that not in Richard´s eyes. When you look at him,
he looks like a normal guy. In truth, he most likely is but with a radically
different view pushing for progress every day.
One of many big surprises is that he doesn´t even consider
himself a runner or feels particularly passionate about running. But why would
anybody voluntarily push himself and run over 26,550,000 steps during numerous
running projects and going for new world records?
The why is difficult to answer and Richard was so intrigued
by the questions he kept getting that he took a brake and searched for the
answer for a year. Only to find out, it´s simpler than you think.
What´s left inside you when you´re out there on often very
secluded trails pushing yourself with every step often for days and weeks with
only small rests in between, passion or talent is not going to pull you along.
It´s the power of the mind which everybody has got access
to. And Richard is truly obsessed with how to work his mind inside out. He has
run across the longest marked trails in the world, amongst them the
Bicentennial National Trail in Australia covering a distance of 5,330 km, the
Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand with a distance of 3, 054 km and the 1,009 km
long National Trail in Israel, just to name a few.
When it comes to personal growth and development, he knows
no limit and endures in outrageously and often dangerous challenges helping him
to strip down to the core, striving to become a better person every day.
But there is also that side beyond constantly progressing and
pushing about him. In our conversation, he wasn´t shy to talk about sex and
what turned the coin for him, when a farmer stuck a gun in his mouth ready to
Richard shares valuable insights about his day-to-day life
and gives mindset tips how you can stay on your tracks when you lose motivation
and bridging the gap between giving up and continuing to try and accomplish
When he´s not running and planning his next crazy adventure,
Richard rocks the stages all over Australia and Asia as a keynote speaker for
big companies delivering the tools to change your life and ultimately feel more
in control of your decision.
It seems there is only black and white in his world. And
maybe it´s what brought him to where he is. Just a normal guy doing what he´s
best at without allowing anything to stop him from accomplishing his goals.