Who are our hereos? Wait for it...

Posted by Vince Poscente on Mon, Oct 10, 2016 @ 12:36 PM

A funny look at the kinds of heroes in our lives. We have:

  • Iconic Heroes - Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Theresa.
  • Situational Heroes - Sully
  • Societal Heroes - First Responders and Teachers
  • Sports Heroes - Serena Williams and Wayne Gretzky

One minute clip from AMBITION 2016

 

 

Heroes Climb is a new motivational keynote speech on the qualities of EVERYDAY HEROES. Qualities like fearlessness, selflessness, compassion, humilty and persistence. Go to Heroes Climb Keynote for a quick peak at Vince's new inspirational speech on what we can do to become heroes in other people's lives.

Tags: Motivational, Inspirational

The Meaning of It All - HeroesClimb - Day 11

Posted by Vince Poscente on Fri, Jul 08, 2016 @ 03:00 AM

We cannot help but become giddy alongside our two dozen guides and porters. The combination of lower altitudes (more oxygen) and the final day (a shower and a real bed) awaits this final, long, ten-hour day of hiking.

The bond we share makes us brothers and sisters. Erased are the astounding differences in our cultures and the separation of homes 10,000 miles apart. Everything we have known is different, yet we are the same. We are brought together by the Great Himalayan National Park and the Heroes Climb.

Before we say our final goodbyes, we will celebrate with a ceremony befitting of the bond we shared. We struggled past adversity while breathing in pristine air in a poetic setting. By day we gazed across rolling hills sliced open with jagged towers of rock piercing the blue sky. By night, the stars revealed the infinite distance between us and the meaning of it all: profoundly significant and simple at the same time.

The moment is what matters. The climb is what takes us through to the next moment. We are all brothers and sisters defining what it takes to be a hero to those we love.

We ventured into this expedition to learn about ourselves. To test our resolve through climbing past the challenges we face. The journey within becomes the most courageous mission of all. We are not heroes. We simply climb towards awareness.

We climbed for the heroes among us, for those we’ve lost and especially, for the heroes we are honored to grace us in the future.

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Tags: Goals, Self Development, Inspirational

Who's the Boss? - HeroesClimb - Day 10

Posted by Vince Poscente on Thu, Jul 07, 2016 @ 03:00 AM

Our passage out of Dwada valley requires we climb a strenuous, 15,200 foot pass. Phangchi Galu Pass stands between us and our final destination. This wall of snow and rock is as if the Himalayas wanted a stark reminder of who’s the boss.

One of the amazing parts of an expedition in this area are our porters. Only in Nepal will you find Sherpas. But here in the Indian side of this gargantuan mountain range, the tradition of Indian porters stretches back 100’s of years. More recently, the British influence in India has tea and biscuits infused into the trekking culture. But don’t let the fine tradition over shadow the truly astounding strength and stamina of our local workforce.

They ensure our camp is ready when we arrive. This means they have broken camp after we leave in the morning, pass us while smiling and chattering in Hindi; all this while carrying loads between 50 and 90 pounds. Not only does Phangchi Galu Pass humble us, so does the extraordinary good nature of the Himachal Pradesh people.

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Tags: Team Building, Inspirational

Head in the Clouds - HeroesClimb - Day 8

Posted by Vince Poscente on Tue, Jul 05, 2016 @ 03:00 AM

Our adventure at the top of the world continues. As we attempt climb two unclimbed, unnamed peaks at the top of the world. We will be able to report our exact altitudes after we summit.

The idiom, "His or her head is in the clouds" comes to mind. It means the person is not paying much attention to what is happening around them, and has their head filled with unrealistic ideas.

Although a cloud can come rollling up the valley, envelope our entire team, drastically drop the temperature; our "heads" are most certainly NOT in the clouds. Our attention is acutely tuned to our surroundings and safe passage.

Climbing a virgin peak may be unrealistic to some, but we are here. The heroes we climb for supercede obstacles in their own lives. They too are aware of their surroundings but are not held back by circumstance. Moreover, if a passerby or authority says, "that's unrealistic," this only fuels their desire to keep climbing.

Each of us has a hero within.

Heroes climb, that's what heroes do.

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No WiFi at Advance Base Camp - HeroesClimb - Day 7

Posted by Vince Poscente on Mon, Jul 04, 2016 @ 03:00 AM

As planned, our next phase is to set up advance base camp.

From the picture below, we will be situated between two virgin peaks. 

Our goal is to summit both peaks. You can see peak number one has a gradual ascent compared to peak two. Should we safely be able to summit peak one we will name is after the winner of www.heroesclimb.com; David Maish, from Henderson, KY. He is a hero to many who know him.

Peak two is far more difficult of a climb. Although it is non technical, it is steeper and higher than peak one. (We will let you know the name of peak two at a later date.)

As you can appreciate, there is no WiFi in the middle of nowhere. Add to the Indian Government's restriction of satellite phone usage and we are truly off the communication grid. We will not be able to let you know what our progress is until we get back to the end of the trail. 

Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes.

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Tags: Goals, Inspirational

No Way to Pass on the Pass - HeroesClimb - Day 3

Posted by Vince Poscente on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 @ 03:00 AM

The reason we are able to trek towards mountains with no names is due to the remote region we are climbing.

The Kandi Galu Pass lays between two striking peaks on either side. 

Pass Kandi Galu is 11,900 feet (3627 meters). On the back side we will enter into the pristine Jiwanala Valley camping at Subli Thatch !

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Tags: Self Development, Inspirational

Up, Down, Up and Up - HeroesClimb - Day 2

Posted by Vince Poscente on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 @ 03:00 AM

We continue to follow the contour of the Saini valley. Centuries of sheep herding trails make the footing easy. We are already so removed the stars blanket the sky.

Our lead guide is Panki Sood. He has been a friend and brother for 10 years. We are in good hands.

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The Trail Head - HeroesClimb - Day 1

Posted by Vince Poscente on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 @ 03:00 AM

Our expedition begins into a remote part of the Himalayas.

We will be entering the least explored valley of the Great Himalayan National Park from the Sainj Side with the blessings of Manu Maharaj – One of the most powerful Gods of the Kullu Valley.

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HeroesClimb #nameamountain Winner Is...

Posted by Vince Poscente on Mon, Jun 20, 2016 @ 02:56 PM

On Father's Day, surrounded by family and friends, David Maish, was notified that he will have a mountain, in the Himalayas, named after him.

The HeroesClimb is about celebrating everyday heroes who climb their own personal mountains. The promotion involved over a dozen finalists who ranged from people dedicated to finding a 2020 cure for ALS, cancer survivors, to children who have overcome profound adversity.

Heroes among us have a number of things in common:

  • They keep climbing. That's what heroes do.
  • Heroes know adversity is behind them.
  • Their disposition is not defined by pessimism. Instead, heroes are eternally optimistic.
  • Heroes among us lead by example, no matter who's watching. Their actions inspire and motivate others. 
  • Heroes avoid ever feeling the weight of regrets.

Each nomination came from a person personally inspired by their own everyday hero.

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David Conn, from Dallas, TX nominated Henderson, KY native, Mr. Maish with this description:

"Heroes protect and inspire. David Maish has protected the human spirit and is an inspiration to live a balanced and passionate life. David Maish's inspiration has taught me and others to embrace everything life delivers, good or bad. And, to live with a passionate spirit to make the world better.

Such an easy choice for so many, but would your choice be as simple if...
- a High School sports injury leaves you a quadriplegic
- your fiancé’s life is taken by a drunk driver in a head on collision
- an archaic time where College graduates with disabilities are repeatedly denied job opportunities
- you’re diagnosed with untreatable liver cancer and undergo invasive extraction surgery
- couple that with the day before you are admitted for surgery, your father is killed in a car accident.

A hero like David Maish chooses to:
- Let no obstacle discourage an unbendable spirit.
- Completes his college degree.
- Become a successful business owner.
- Grow a beautiful family with is wife and daughter.
- Defeat cancer.
- All the while, find each day a chance to share laughter, smile and inspiration.

To know David Maish is to know how to live a passionate and positive life. He is not only my hero, he is a hero to all who know, admire and love him."

On behalf of the 10 people attempting to summit an unclimbed mountain on July 4th, 2016, we wish all nominees a heartfelt congratulations on the example you set. You inspire us. Our primary plan is to summit and return safely having named:

Maish Mountain

In the heart of the Himalayas.

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Tags: Inspirational

Story Time is Sticks

Posted by Vince Poscente on Wed, Sep 23, 2015 @ 03:00 AM

Want something? A sale? Somebody's help? You may be leading with the wrong strategies and tactics. Fine tuning objection handling techniques. Product comparative analysis. Ensuring your SEO target words are driving inbound leads. A clever way to argue your point. Sure, all that’s important but masterful stories are critical as an upfront approach. Tell great stories or, better yet, create 'viral' stories and look what happens next...

Every one has a trip tradition. Buy a spoon or a mug. Drink a local brand of beer or keep the coaster. Hold onto a piece of currency or make sure you get “that stamp” on your passport. What has been our trip-tradition? Buy a piece of art. Over the years, we have aquired works from Ireland, Cuba, India, New Zealand and Russia. Closer to home, Dallas, San Antonio, New Orleans, Chicago and New York. It wasn’t until Paris in January, 2002 did we realize how important ‘story time’ is in our buying decision. So important that it crucial in the corporate landscape as well.

Paris in the winter will drive you indoors. The denture jangling, bone twisting, don’t stick your tongue on that bronze gargoyle COLD - gets you running for heat behind welcoming doors. Once inside you are compelled to buy something. By design, you go to the district in Paris where art galleries are waiting for appreciative buyers.

At the closest art-shop you see, you stumble through the door. The tiny brass bell designed to flip a latch and ding decides to ring into non-existence. The entire latch and bell blast off the hinge and ding, klang, bang its way across the worn wood floor. You turn to your spouse and say, “It’s so cold, the doors are freezing their bells off.” Your spouse would laugh but it was so frosty her lips aren’t ready for action just yet. Things heat up when she scans the room for a piece of art waiting to be the next in the acquisition tradition.

The art is appealing and has potential. You envision what pieces could go on which walls. A cherished memory from this trip is waiting for your Amex card.

“Could you tell us about this piece?”

The gallery attendant has her head buried in something on her screen. Her wood desk has nothing but a lamp and a computer on it. It is a tired desk ready for some paperwork. She looked up with a confident gaze and said, “It is one sousand Euros.”

Expecting more of a description we realized the attendant, the resident pro, the sales goddess was clearly not enthused about the first attractive piece.

“Could you tell us about zat one?” you accidentally ask in a French accent.

“Zees is seecks ‘undered Euros,” the ‘sales person’ says with more interest.

“Yes. Thank you. What can you tell us about it?” asks your spouse, giving the ideal person the room the chance to put the “sell” into sales.

“It is oil. It is possible to ship. It is elegant – oui?”

You try to like what you see but nothing is connecting. Could we rationalize the purchase anyway? It is, after all, our tradition. But, a half an hour later you leave the store empty handed. Unable to contain her annoyance, your spouse says under her breath, “Why buy something without a story?”

Immediately upon going back outside the temperature froze any further inclination to spend money or time on a piece of art. The moment was gone and the French GDP would have to do without our contribution.

Now, let’s talk about your sales strategy?

What are the tactics and strategies you use to close a sale? Do you sell products, services or both? Or, are you selling a specific initiative at work? Are you attempting to convince an external client or a colleague of a certain direction? Chances are, if your lips are moving you are trying to sell something. If that is the case, what will help your cause? Story Time.

Story Time in Sales has three key elements in common:

  1. Story Time is Personal. The purveyor of the story needs to connect with the story. In the case of the art work, the attendant should have said something about how she enjoyed meeting the artist. If it was a widget, the seller would say how he uses it at home.
  2. Story Time Paints a Picture. When telling the stories, bring the listener into the experience. For example, the art gallery dud of a saleswoman could have said, the art was painted on the cold spring day where the artist had to warm her oils in her pants pockets. The widget seller could say the invention was an accidental result of trying to design a motion sensitive light and the widget became a better item.
  3. Story Time is Experiential. Bring your purchaser into an experience rather than just being an observer. That means the art gallery lady could have engaged more. She could have asked about the design of our home. Mentioned how the artist was the same age as we were and how he always wants to keep every piece he paints.

If you want your stories to travel, make them compelling.

If you want to add rocket fuel to the sale, turn the sale into its own unique story that is a personal, picture painting experience. Do this and your product or service comes with an echo effect.

Case in point: I was test driving a Tesla. The copilot said, “At this straight away, step on it. Don’t worry. You won’t scare me.” I had no idea what he was talking about until the accelerator touched the carpet. With a zero to 60 mph in under 4 seconds, head pinned back, wheel gripping ride, the ‘copilot’ created a story I’ve told over and over. It was personal! The car painted the picture! It was tantalizingly, spine-buzzing experiential!

When a product, service, direction or idea captivates someone’s imagination it gets told repeatedly at the “purchaser’s” home or office. Like an objet d’art, the story about what you sell ripples across time and distance.

When others come through your door looking for the same thing, this means more sales.

Want to make your intentions sticky. Use story time and the improvement in your results will amaze.

Promotional Capstone about the Author: Vince Poscente has been described as an invigorating and masterful story teller. He is an in-demand motivational keynote speaker on the topic of Full Speed Ahead and inductee into the Speaker Hall of Fame. Vince is a New York Times bestselling author and Olympic competitor. Encounter his story about going from recreational skier to the Olympic Games in just four years, and you’ll have your own personal experience of Full Speed Ahead painted in your imagination. www.VincePoscente.com/video He can be reached through info@vinceposcente.com

 

Tags: Self Development, Motivational, Inspirational