Episode 19: Kelly Clark - What An Opportunity

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About Kelly:

Kelly is a five-time Olympian, three-time Olympic medalist and the winningest athlete in snowboarding history. She is a trailblazer and dominant force in the sport of snowboarding, continually innovating and “raising her own bar” in every competition, but her success is more than medals on a shelf. 

Kelly’s pursuit of greatness inspires others to push the envelope of innovation. She wants her life to be the message. It is no secret that Kelly is a woman of faith and purpose and it is seen in her life.She consistently makes it about more than just herself and strives to inspire people everywhere to live their dreams.

Kelly wants the height of her success to be the foundation from which others are launched. “The greatest legacy I could leave would be to see my ceiling be the floor for the next generation. It is bigger than me, but it can start with me. I have found in a performance-driven culture, it is difficult to find true meaning apart from success on the podium, but I want people to see that success is an inside job.” Her authenticity and integrity is refreshing, piercing through the noise.

8-time US Open champ, 7-time X Game Gold medalist- 14-time medalist, two-time Olympic bronze and Olympic champ. 

Resources:

This might be our favorite interview of all time. Kelly Clark was an early pioneer in women’s snowboarding and a women that both Kristi & I looked toward for inspiration throughout our careers. She is incredibly wise, grounded, and committed to leaving a legacy that motivates others to live their fullest lives.

In This Episode We Discuss:

  • Kelly’s wakeup call with her strength and conditioning

  • How her 2002 Olympic Gold Medal catapulted Kelly into deep reflection about what she had been seeking for her life

  • Why Kelly’s work to understand her identity helped her reconnect with snowboarding

  • How being internally motivated is the key to Kelly’s success

  • How her motto of “what an opportunity” transformed her competitive career

Tweetables:

  • “Success won’t fulfill you.”

  • “I looked my whole life to be successful, but at the end of the day, I didn’t want to just be successful I wanted to matter.”

  • “Sudden success is easy, but sustained success is very difficult.”

  • “I’ve learned to value the things that no one sees more than the things that everyone sees.”

  • “You can’t really have a victory unless you have a fight.”

  • “You value things based on what they cost you.”

  • “Things are either a threat or an opportunity. I just chose over and over again to look at things as an opportunity.”

Thought ExperIment:

Kelly’s outlook on facing challenges and hard times through her life and career is incredibly powerful. She has made the choice, time and again, to see obstacles as opportunities and it seems this has played a large role in her success. So, how can you look at a challenge you’re facing and start seeking the opportunity in it? Let us know in the comments below!

Episode 18: Jen Gurecki - Using Business as a Tool for Radical Change

Episode 18: Jen Gurecki - Using Business as a Tool for Radical Change

Hey friends! Welcome back to the Balanced Pursuits Podcast! This week’s guest is Jen Gurecki, the co-founder & CEO of Coalition Snow, a women’s ski and snowboard company designed to deconstruct the status quo. We have a very raw and honest discussion with Jen about the state of the outdoor industry & how to use business as a tool for radical change.

Jen is not shy about sharing her opinion on how we, as a society, can do better for marginalized communities. She’s committed her career to this work not only through Coalition Snow, but also through Zawadisha, a social enterprise whose mission is to provide small loans to rural Kenyan women, and Sisu Magazine, a quarterly print publication whose focus is to uncover the untold stories of the outdoors.

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Episode 17: Taylor Killian - Purpose is what Gets you Through

Episode 17: Taylor Killian - Purpose is what Gets you Through

This week we have the honor of introducing you to Taylor Killian! Taylor is the co-founder and creative director of And She’s Dope Too, a world-wide adventure collective of women that he and his wife Jenn started. Their mission is to connect people & planet with perspective & purpose. They’ve done this by completely stripping away the compare-and-compete culture that is so prevalent in our media today. ASDT encourages women from all walks of life and of every ability level to get out with them. They’ve created rendezvous & retreats that allow women to feel 100% comfortable in their own skin while trying new and exciting things.

Taylor is also the father to four kids, a photographer & filmmaker and the Creative Director for And She’s Dope Too and Lady Wild Film Festival. We’ll dive into all the details of these endeavors in our conversation. Today’s episode may bring you to tears (as it did me), while Taylor shares how he balances family, business, community, and giving-back. He’s a true example of how to leave the world better than you found it & it’s an honor to have him on today’s show.

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Episode 16: Answering Your Questions!

Episode 16: Answering Your Questions!

This week, Kristi & I sit down to answer some of the best questions we’ve received on Instagram since starting this podcast. We’re doing this podcast for you, after all, so we want to make sure you’re getting everything out of it you can!

Some questions we answer:

  • How do you become such great friends with your competitors?

  • I’d love to hear how you manage stress?

  • Can you share more about the people behind the athlete?

  • Where do you find inspiration?

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Episode 15: Lane Merrifield - Being Aligned In The Why

Episode 15: Lane Merrifield - Being Aligned In The Why

We’re so excited to share our conversation with Lane Merrifield with you! Kristi & I both met Lane at Baldface Lodge separately, four years apart. But it was the same qualities in Lane that struck us both. He’s one of the most down-to-earth, welcoming, engaging, and interested people we’ve ever met. Yes, interest-ED (also interest-ing, but we’re sticking with ED for now). He truly wants to connect and learn from everyone he encounters now matter how different their respective walks-of-life may be.

Lane has achieved a level of business and financial success that many of us could only dream of, but it’s not his success itself that we admire, but how grounded, unchanged, and unattached to it he is. Lane has maintained a level perspective and always remains focused on how he can contribute to the world around him.

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Episode 14: Circe Wallace - Living a Meaningful Life

Episode 14: Circe Wallace - Living a Meaningful Life

Circe Wallace is a woman you want in your corner. She’s walked an incredibly unique path through this life and has so much to share. Throughout her life, Circe has worn many hats. She was an early pioneer in the women’s snowboard movement as an athlete and she now represents some of the biggest names in action sports as the VP of Action Sports & Olympics for Wasserman Media Group. But that’s not all, she’s an entrepreneur (twice over), a producer, mother, and advocate for social change.

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Episode 13: Jim Harris - The Healing Power of Your Mindset

Episode 13: Jim Harris - The Healing Power of Your Mindset

We can’t wait for you to meet this week’s guest, Jim Harris! Before sustaining a spine injury at the end of 2014, Jim made his living from hard days in the mountains. After 6 years of teaching wilderness mountaineering courses, Jim began creating content in photo, video and written form, for clients like National Geographic, Camp 4 Collective, and Powder Magazine. That is, until he was paralyzed while snow kiting in Patagonia.

It took over a week for Jim to reach definitive care in the States where five of his nine broken vertebrae were fused. After his spine fusion he began to wiggle a toe. Within a few months, muscles in both legs began firing. In the four years since that accident, Jim transitioned from wheelchair to walker to cane and continues to challenge the limitations of his disability. He is now mountain biking and backcountry skiing at a level most able-bodied individuals would only dream of.

Jim shares a lot of knowledge in this episode, from getting into flow state, managing expectations around goal-setting, using creativity to fuel your sense of adventure and creating beliefs that can lead to success.

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Episode 12: Sarah Herron - A Course in Confidence

Episode 12: Sarah Herron - A Course in Confidence

This week we have the pleasure of sharing Sarah Herron with all of you! If you’re a reality TV fan, her face may look familiar from her time on The Bachelor. But, that show was just the beginning for Sarah and the impact she’ll bring to this world.

Sarah Herron is a Colorado native who gained her notoriety on ABC’s The Bachelor for being the first contestant with a physical disability. Sarah was born with Amniotic Band Syndrome, but it hasn’t stopped her from climbing mountains, skiing double black diamonds and even searching for love on television.

It was the outreach of young women who watched and related to Sarah on the show that inspired her to start the nonprofit, SheLift and A Course in Confidence. Sarah wants to share with other women that whether it's on the slopes, on a trail or on a show... finding love is possible, and it starts with loving yourself.

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Episode 11: The Truth about Achieving your goals

Episode 11: The Truth about Achieving your goals

This week we sit down to explore goal-setting in a way that isn’t commonly addressed. While we value the message of setting S.M.A.R.T. goals, we felt there was enough information about the technical aspect of setting goals. We wanted to dive into the underlying psychological component of pursuing & achieving your goals. Pursuing a goal that isn’t right for you will require immense will-power. But when you’ve found a compelling internal reason to pursue a goal, no will-power is required.

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Episode 10: Kimmy Fasani - Motherhood in the Mountains

Episode 10: Kimmy Fasani - Motherhood in the Mountains

Kimmy Fasani is a household name in the snowboard industry. She’s set a precedent for what it means to be an athlete, advocate, and ambassador by shattering glass ceilings throughout her 16-year pro career. Kimmy was the first woman to do a double backflip in the park and in the backcountry, she is the mastermind behind the Amusement Park and Amusement MTN events, and in 2016, her talents were acknowledged as she won “Rider of the Year” for her standout video part in Absinthe Films’ 2016 film, AfterForever.

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Episode 9: Chris Davenport - Snow Is Money

Episode 9: Chris Davenport - Snow Is Money

This week we interview Chris Davenport. A two-time World Champion big-mountain skier based in Aspen, Colorado. What has impressed us most about Chris is not that he’s summited Everest or skied the 100 highest peaks in Colorado or raise three-humans (all skiers) with his wife, but that he has managed to transition through numerous evolutions as skier to maintain a 25-year professional athletic career. It’s uncommon for people to have a 25-year career doing anything, let alone skiing, but Chris has figured out how.

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Episode 8: Amy Stanton - The Feminine Revolution

Episode 8: Amy Stanton - The Feminine Revolution

Do you associate feminine qualities with weakness and masculine qualities with strength, even subconsciously? Do you see that as a problem? Have you ever found yourself acting a certain way because that’s how you think you’re supposed to act?

Our hope is that after listening to this episode with this week’s guest Amy Stanton, you’ll reflect on some of your own masculine and feminine qualities and think about how those traits can better serve you in reaching your goals.

Maybe it’s a simple as changing the way you think about those traits. Perhaps, if you recognize how you use those qualities, you can actually choose to tap into them differently in certain situations. And MAYBE, just maybe, you have more tools in your toolbox than you ever knew!

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