Episode 138

The Blind Adventurer Who Climbed Everest and Broke Barriers

With Erik Weihenmayer

As a blind adventurer, Erik Weihenmayer has been lucky to experience a life of meaning and purpose—of breaking through barriers. After he safely came down from the summit of Mt. Everest in 2001, becoming the first blind person to reach the highest peak in the world, his team leader told him something that would change the course of his life: “Don’t make Everest the greatest thing you ever do.”

These words stuck with him, and he has spent the last 16 years trying to live up to that challenge: climbing the tallest peak on each continent; kayaking the Grand Canyon; authoring three books; and starting a nonprofit movement, No Barriers.

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, I talk to Erik Weihenmayer about loss and suffering and how to look deep within ourselves to find our strength, resilience, and purpose. We discuss breaking through limitations and turning our greatest challenges into our greatest triumphs. We also talk about gratitude and the importance of giving back. 

For more on Erik Weihenmayer, you can follow him on Instagram @erikweihenmayer, on Facebook @erik.weihenmayer, on Twitter @erikweihenmayer, on YouTube @touchthetop, on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/erikweihenmayer, and through his website https://erikweihenmayer.com/

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I hope you enjoyed this conversation as much as I did.
Wishing you health and happiness.
Dhru Purohit

In this Episode, you will learn

  1. Erik’s story of being diagnosed with a very rare disease, juvenile retinoschisis, and told he was going to lose his eyesight 
  2. Breaking through limitations that society places on you 
  3. Erik’s mental state when he finally lost his eyesight and how he responded to the external world
  4. Erik’s fear of being forgotten and dying an insignificant life 
  5. Erik’s open heart policy
  6. The power of belief
  7. How to not let external pressure consume you
  8. The moment Erik reached the top of Mount Everest
  9. The power of creating connections
  10. Erik’s lasting message
  11. Where to learn more about Erik


Dhru Purohit

Dhru is the host of the Dhru Purohit Podcast, a top 30 health podcast with over 30 million downloads. His interviews focus on the inner workings of the brain and the body and feature the brightest minds in wellness, medicine, and mindset.

Dhru Purohit is also a serial entrepreneur and investor in the health and wellness industry.

Erik Weihenmayer

Erik Weihenmayer, one of the most celebrated and accomplished athletes in the world. He is the author of the bestselling memoir, Touch the Top of the World, which was made into a feature film, as well as The Adversity Advantage, which shows readers how to turn everyday struggles into everyday greatness. His latest book, No Barriers: A Blind Man’s Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon is more than an adventure story; it illuminates how we move forward in our lives towards growth and purpose – despite the barriers that get in our way. He is an internationally recognized speaker and brings his message of living a No Barriers Life to audiences around the world. No Barriers is an organization that helps people with challenges tap into the human spirit, break through barriers, and contribute to the world.

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