How Overcoming Personal Challenges Can Inspire People To Become Kinder & More Resilient
Louie Schwartzberg’s America’s Heart & Soul shines a spotlight on Americans across the country who turn the challenges in their lives into opportunities to become stronger and kinder. These inspiring people offer hope for others who face similar obstacles and are looking for motivation against all odds. Erik Weihenmayer exemplifies this courage and strength and offers encouragement to those around him. Here are some unbelievable examples of how overcoming challenges makes you kinder.
Who is Erik Weihenmayer?
Diagnosed with retinoschisis at the age of 14, Erik began to lose his eyesight and it gradually went blind. An avid sports lover and outdoorsman, Erik did not let his disability deter him from keeping active. In fact, it may have inspired him to hike Denali, the highest peak in North America. At that point, he found his calling.
Erik has since reached the top of the highest peaks of every continent around the world –the Seven Summits – a challenge most people could only dream of. His inability to see has never resulted in a lack of vision, as Erik exemplifies the idea that if you set your mind to it, no obstacle can stop you. Achieving your dreams takes commitment, but with dedication, anything is possible. This guiding principle helped Erik become the first blind person to ever reach the top of Mount Everest.
What Can You Do?
Erik has been spreading his message around the globe by co-founding the organization, No Barriers, which helps others reshape their perceptions of their physical disabilities or other adversities and live with “No Barriers.” Support Erik’s mission by taking his No Barriers pledge and “promise to harness adversity, break through personal barriers and create a life of purpose and impact.” No matter where you are in your life, overcoming challenges makes you kinder and more resilient!