The Brewery in London hosted the first Knowledge Guild of the year, 6 February and highlighted some inspirational personal journeys, with lessons on how we can overcome extreme adversity.
Compered by comedian Clive Anderson, speakers included blind adrenalin junkie Miles Hilton-Barber, who sledged across Antarctica, ran ultra-marathons through the Sahara and climbed 17, 500 feet into the Himalayas. Paralympic Gold medallist and triple world champion swimmer Liz Johnso and Cathy O’Dowd, the world’s first woman to climb Mount Everest from both the North and South sides, also joined the panel.
Key insights from the night included:
“The biggest battlefield is the five inches between your ears” – Miles Hilton-Barber.
“Fear is just False Evidence Appearing Real. Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone” – Miles Hilton-Barber.
“Being disabled never defined me, but it certainly shaped who I was. Every obstacle provides you with an opportunity. I might take a little longer, but I could do everything my able bodied friends could do” – Liz Johnson.
“Why do we push ourselves to these limits? Curiosity. To see if we can”- Cathy O’Dowd.