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Ep.385 ~ Spending a Life Going on Adventures and Using it for Influence ~ Johan Ernst Nilson

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Could you imagine trekking eighteen months from the North Pole to the South Pole?  Or what about spending three-thousand nights in a tent? Or Kayaking from Sweden to Africa? Walking the Serengeti? Dog Sledding the Arctic? Riding a bike across the Americas? Or Kitesurfing across Greenland?  Well, today’s guest can and he has done it all! Not only has he completed those adventures he has completed nearly fifty more treks throughout 168 countries setting world records and making it on TIME magazine. Johan Ernst Nilson joins us on the podcast today to chat about his life and mission as one of the world's top adventure activists.


Johan and I, chat for an hour and a half about his life and the journeys he has been on. He has some great tips about finding the motivation to achieve impossible challenges. We chat about having a champion's mindset, never giving up and about the most inspiring and scary moments he has had trekking the earth. We wrap up our interview listening to Johan talk about what he has experienced with climate change, and how he is using the influence he has gained to make a positive impact in the world.


  04:03: The Placebo Effect and Branding

  09:42: Who is Johan Ernst Nilson?

  28:28: Johan on the Importance of Having a Why

  33:31: The Scariest Situation Out of All Johan’s Adventures

  37:11: Johan’s Most Cathartic Experience

  42:54: What Johan’s Thinks About on Long Solo Treks

  46:29: Johan’s Most Impactful Reads

  48:09: Climate Change Today

  58:04: Using Influence to Create a Positive Impact

1:06:04: Financing Non-Stop Adventures

1:16:54: Johan’s Future Treks


Contact Info:


Instagram: @johanernst


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