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Kevin Biggar – The Man who made the impossible, Possible

Kevin Biggar will Blow Your Mind…

Kevin is one of those  few people who will totally INSPIRE YOU to unleash your inner power. He embodies the meaning of personal power to defeat any limitation we think we have.

In a few words, Kevin is the one who made the impossible Possible!

I was fortunate enough to attend one of his conferences back in December. In fact, I wasn’t expecting to attend any conferences that day, but it is one of those things that just happen. I went there with zero expectations. To be honest, I didn’t even know who was the presenter and when I finally got there and heard the name, I still didn’t know who he was because…. I don’t watch any TV or News at all).

(Kevin if you’re reading this sorry about that but, it’s the truth :P)

As I was saying… I had no expectations for what was about to happen and perhaps that was one of the best things!

At first glance, Kevin looks like a typical Kiwi (New Zealander), tall athletic, nice blue eyes with a witty, professional look but at the same time, sort of … laid back. Giving his audience a sense of  “hey! he’s a normal guy like me!”. I can relate to that!

His presentation begun and as I was listening to what he had to say, watching his videos, laughing at his crack up personality and after having my mind blown away by his C-R-A-Z-Y stories. You realize that he is not just another KiwiJust as Sir Edmund Hillary who was ‘a former Bee-Keeper from Auckland, New Zealand and also the one who -alongside Tenzing Norgay -became the first climbers to conquer the summit of Mount Everest on May, 1953Kevin Biggar is also -on his own way- a Conqueror.

Once his presentation ended, I came out of the room feeling Empowered, Inspired, and knowing for a fact that I could conquer any of the goals I had. I just needed to re-evaluate my strategies and make them more efficient.

Kevin Biggar‘s presentation had a transformational affect on me. After his presentation, I approached him and asked him if I could interview him. Fortunately enough, Kevin agreed to our interview 🙂

So now I can share his story and excellent advice with YOU. ( Yes, You =) ).

See? I care about you my darling! The thing is, I KNOW that Kevin’s impressive stories can IMPACT you as much as it did me and his effect would be even more powerful if you attend some of his workshops.

Kevin Biggar will help you become better than what you already are and he will teach you how to set goals to Successfully ACHIEVE THEM in spite of how crazy you might think they seem to be!

Kevin will inspire you to UNLEASH Your Inner Power.

Now, you’ve got a couple of options here:

  1. Keep reading to find out more about him, and/or
  2. Listen to the interview by clicking the play button just below this paragraph, and/or
  3. Do both 🙂

Ok, let’s get started 🙂

Click the Play button to listen to Kevin Biggar’s interview

 

So… Who is Kevin Biggar?

From a professional man with an established career , holding a physics degree and a masters, transitioning then as a self-confessed couch potato, before he was transformed into a world record beating endurance athlete in 2003 winning a huge-endurance 5000 Km Trans-Atlantic Rowing Race.

Rowing for the first time in his life alongside a team partner, who he had only met 6 weeks before the race, they not only won, they set a New world record!

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The pair then went on to achieve a much tougher challenge in 2007 – as the first ever kiwi team to complete an unsupported trek from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole – a 52 day, 1,200km journey on foot, each towing a 160 kilogram sled in temperatures as freezing as -40 degrees Celsius.

Kevin has written two books about his exploits, the award winning ‘Oarsome Adventures of a Fat Boy Rower’ and ‘Escape to the Pole’.

Alongside Jamie Fitzgerald, his rowing team partner,  they co host a TV Series ‘Intrepid NZ’ – recreating the adventures of pioneering NZ explorers.

  
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Kevin will entertain you with his adventures, and share with us what he has learnt about facing challenges from rowing across the Atlantic Ocean and Trekking to from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole.

Check out a brief summary of my Interview with Kevin Biggar

Kevin, At what point did you decide to do something different? What was your why?

Kevin: I was going  through a quarter life crisis. I just turned 33 years old. I started to think about what I had and hadn’t achieve and what I was ever going to achieve. For the first time, it didn’t feel like I had all the time in the world to do everything and if I wanted to do something that I wanted to do, NOW was the time.

Would you mind sharing the story about your mum and your decision to take part of the Trans-Atlantic Rowing Race?

Mom decided that the only way we would get a result (an agreement) was to ask to her favourite TV show and they will decided if I should go or not. Since then I’ve met all of them and I’ve individually thank all the members.

I see your 5’000 Km trans-Atlantic rowing race as the race across the ocean of life.
At some point in our lives, there we are in front of this vast ocean of life not knowing WHAT to do or HOW to do things. Some people follow the regular path society imposes whereas others like, Us the entrepreneurs, choose to do something different, something that others may call “crazy” or   “unreasonable”. In your case, you had no previous experience rowing but you TOOK ACTION…. HOW did you map out your plan of action?

Kevin Biggar: Just to clarify, I had no experience rowing when I had the Idea of getting to row, but that was 2 years before the race. So by the time it started out I was very strong.

I think that one of the most important things when you step out to do things you don’t normally do is to find somebody who is doing what you think you are gonna do. For me was a really powerful moment when I met somebody else who had row across the ocean. I met a guy called Rob Hamill , he was a kiwi guy who had won the first Trans-Atlantic Rowing Race and when I met him I saw he  was just a normal person. If he was a normal person and he could row across the ocean then I am a normal person too so I should be able to row across the ocean too and suddenly it doesn’t seem like something extraordinary, but like something that if you plan a method you can achieve.

Whatever people is going to do or think of doing, there is always a little sub-culture, a little sub-tribe of who is doing those things. And once you meet them it suddenly becomes more straightforward of how realistic it is to take on this challenges.

Holy cow! if that shmuck could achieve things from sitting on his mom’s couch, well think of how much I can do from where I am starting now. (Kevin Biggar)

If you really want to take on something brave. It’s not about having no fear, it is not about being really tough. It’s just about having a simple method and breaking down the tasks into little steps and  building up the momentum on taking on the tasks.

The first  thing to do is to meet people who have done similar things to what you want to achieve and start talking to them and getting a plan.

Now I teach people on my workshops that if you want to take on anything, then it is just a question of learning the skills and backing yourself up.

It’s all about the mindset…

Kevin Biggar: I don’t think it’s all about the mindset. I think that to take on any big challenge, it’s all just about having a process where you set little milestones early on. You meet the right people and you gradually get drawn into it. If you set up a system where you make the process towards what you want to achieve more fun. There is a little bit of discipline and willpower involved, but I don’t think a system to success should  be based on been hugely staunch.

Anyone can achieve a huge amount!

The only reason why they don’t try is that they believe they are lacking a certain mysterious ‘X-factor’ that successful people have but in fact it’s not quite how it works. All they are missing are the skills that can be learnt. Like ‘how to keep persistent’ or ‘how to deal with cravings, etc.  These are things that can be taught and I teach this things myself on my workshops.

What were the biggest challenges that you encounter?

Kevin Biggar: The biggest challenge that I encountered was getting to the ‘start’ line. Also, possibly in both cases another challenge was raising the money and finding the sponsorship. That was the hardest part and that’s when you are knocking on a lot of doors, getting rejected day after day. You are putting in your own money to keep things at float and at any time you could quit and it wouldn’t be a big deal. But when you are in the race, or when you are walking up to the south pole it is much harder to quit. (…) Kevin then explains some of the challenges he and his partner Jamie faced during their rowing race and while trekking Antarctica.

Making an analogy between someone who has decided to make a career change and start  new business with you at your Rowing race across the Atlantic or,  with your trek across the South Pole in Antarctica. You didn’t start it just for the sake of doing something different, You did it to WIN. Was that your major goal?

Yes, in the south pole, our major goal was to trek  unsupported and unresupplied. We put all of our own food and fuel from the start. Yes, we did it to WIN.

The key thing for people starting their own businesses it is having a mentor. Someone who  knows what are the odds if something pops out.(…) Someone to ask you what your business plan is, what your marketing plan is right at the very start before you invest lots of time and money.(…) There is a lot to be said by someone who is just a couple of years further on the road than you and see what they’ve learnt from the systems that they’ve put in place. I am big fan of getting in a group of people who is doing similar things.

Once you were in your race and things got tough. How did you get the motivation to keep going?

There’s a motivation in keeping your environment set up in such a way that it helps you. When  you are on a boat and all you  can do is row and if you don’t get up to do your shift then your team mate doesn’t get in to sleep. Then, it’s not so hard to get up. We didn’t have any other options. (…)Your life becomes simple and that’s what I do now in terms of motivation.(…) I met  with someone who is in a complete different business than me and all we do is we hold each other accountable for the goals that we set or we are going to set (…)That is massively motivating for me because I don’t want to let this guy down.

Do you think you can compare your situation in the ocean as a life-threatening situation?

No, I felt safe… I felt safe up until the moment when I nearly died (laughs). I talked about that in the speech (…). Trekking to the south pole I felt more like we were gonna die. It was really easy for a little thing to snowball and  go wrong (…)

That reminds me of this  quote “When you want to succeed as hard as you want to breath, then you will succeed”

Kevin Biggar: Well that is exactly the kind of advice that I think is bad advice. I have rules of advice, I call them my laws of bullshit.

  1. If you hear something and the opposite is also true, then you know you are getting bad advice. (refer to audio for great examples)
  2. If the advice sounds correct but it requires me to be superhuman then that’s not good advice either. (refer to audio for great examples)

 

A Great tip that helped you keep yourself motivated…

Getting some coaches and a business mentor. The people who I took great attention of in the build-up  was my coach called Jon Ackland from Performance Lab and if anyone is thinking of doing an ultra-marathon adventure or some sort of extreme outdoor adventure then he would be a fantastic person to speak to because he understands performance and the athletic world. To get an hour with Jon is to get some very powerful lessons.

What are your favorite entrepreneurial books?

 MADE TO STICK

(Chip & Dan Heath)

CRUCIAL CONVERSATIONS

(K. Patterson, J. Grenny, R. McMillan & Al Switzler)

THE E-MYTH

(Michael E. Berger)

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die
Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes are High
The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About it

 

What do you think is the one thing that prevents most entrepreneurs from taking action & What advice can you give them?

Fear of the consequences, fear of what can get wrong. That is certainly what almost stopped me from taking part of the transatlantic rowing race. (…) The key thing is to make certain that there is a safety net underneath you so make sure  that you are not risking everything – unless you are  the sort of person that can find that particularly motivation or you are particularly young-. If you are 21 then you could go broke, but if you are 35 with 2 kids then that is not so appealing.

It’s about looking at the risks wide-eyed and making sure you’ve got the wort case scenario sorted. So if the worst case happens then you should be able to survive it. (…)and definitely HAVING A PLAN, even if you change the plan later, it is much better to start off with a plan and then change the plan as a result of the information you learn. I’m guilty myself of living day to day in the business and not thinking about where I want to be in a year’s time and working backwards from there.

IN SUMMARY…

If you are looking to make a career change, to become an entrepreneur and start your own business, these are the main points I’ve gotten from Kevin Biggar’s advice.

      1. Surround yourself with people who have done similar things to what you want to achieve.
      2. Get yourself a Mentor  or a Coach, someone who has been where you are at and it is exactly where you want to be.
      3. Learn the skills and methods necessary to succeed in your area of choice.
      4. Have a PLAN of Action from the beginning, know where you are going to and be flexible to change/adapt that plan according to circumstances that serve your purpose.

With these 4 things in place, You can achieve whatever you want to achieve. Remember, It is not about trying hard but about trying Smart.

If you want to know more about Kevin Biggar, get in touch with him, get his awesome books or TV Series, or if you are interested to attend one of his workshops, please visit his website at www.KevinBiggar.com

Now I’ll leave you some videos of Kevin 🙂 but first, what piece of advice resonated more with you? make sure to leave your answer in the comments below and share this interview with those you know can also get valuable tips for their startups and lives from this Interview with Kevin Biggar

To your Success,
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