Speaker / Adventurer / Entrepreneur
Speaker / Adventurer / Entrepreneur
GOAL – DECISION – PLAN – DETERMINATION – FOCUS – RESILIENCE – REALIZATION
ORGANIZATIONS / ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS / COMPANIES
Kids dream. Their imagination is huge, their aspiration to dare to reach boundless. It has been my experience speaking to kids that the imagery of mountains and the passion, hardship and determination that goes into climbing those mountains, takes them on a very valuable journey to the great opportunity awaiting them in life. It is not the size of the mountain, it is the size of the dream. Making them see and understand what goes into the preparation, resolve, tenaciousness, and above all the passion to reach one’s goals, drives home how one step at a time can make extraordinary things happen. Everyone of us has great hopes and dreams, but not everyone one of us will take that first step down an unknown path to get our enterprise off the ground. I want to inspire kids to be fearless taking that first step.
Adults need purpose and meaning in life. Why mankind pushed past the savannah, why we explore across oceans and space, why we dream to be an entrepreneur, is why we climb mountains. It is about pushing ourselves to another level. It is about finding out what we are made of. It is about discovering everything we can in our short but amazing lives. Daring to reach all our personal potential. In my talks to companies and organizations I try to convey this passion for life, my ‘Dare to Reach.’ At 22 I roamed around the world, at 35 I built a real estate company from scratch, at 58 I began an eight-year quest to summit the highest mountain on all 7 continents, and at 70 my ambitious challenge was to climb the highest volcano on every continent. I am forever inspired by so many men and women all around the world who take risks to achieve all they can in their communities and environments. It is about inspiring forward why we hold the candle searching down deep for that rock that needs to be turned over.
“Just a quick note to say how much myself and my regional vice-president’s appreciate you sharing your life’s lessons with us. Your life has made a difference in our lives. I hope we cross paths again. All the best!”
“Thank you for sharing your story at the recent event. My teammates were awed by your message. You have to take advantage of opportunities when they knock as they may never knock again. Good luck with all your future endeavors!”
“Thank you so much for sharing with us your lifetime passion and achievements. Your continual ‘unfolding of desires’ with guts, passion and resilience to see it through and pulling it off surely is a testament for a successful life. You’re truly an amazing person!”
“Thank you so much for visiting Syracuse and pouring your amazing life into all of us! I’m both an English teacher and a financial adviser, and your stories’ powerful metaphors left a lasting impression on me. Always daring , and eyes shining.”
“Inspiring! Thank you.”
“In challenging yourself, you have challenged all of us.”
“Why would I Dare Do It stood out and stays with me.”
“Thank you Ted for teaching us through your story. Let’s keep our eyes ‘shining’!”
“Thank you for inspiring me to take chances and go for my goals and dreams. I hope I have an amazing story to tell as well some day. Congrats on all that you have accomplished and many more accomplishments to come! Keep inspiring!”
“I greatly appreciate the time you spent with us. Your passion for life is inspiring! I have your picture in my office to remind me to keep my eyes ‘shining’ and take the next step.”