011 – The Youngest Person To Ever Solo Sail Around The World: Laura Dekker

Summary

There are ordinary teenagers… and then there's Laura, who at 13 years of age, ventured to become the youngest person to ever sail the planet – alone, without support boats or checkpoints along her way.

What followed was a lengthy legal battle that included Duch authorities, wiretaps, her parents losing custody over Laura and much more… but after a lot of media coverage and public outcry from people including Richard Branson, a Dutch court finally decided in her favor, and the record-breaking attempt finally began on 21 August 2010.

Laura successfully completed the solo circumnavigation in a 12.4-meter (40 ft) two-masted ketch called “Guppy”, arriving in Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten, 518 days later at the age of 16. [... read more ...]        go to episode

005 – Jessica Cox: The world’s first pilot born without arms

Summary

When Jessica Cox was born without both arms, her parents didn’t grieve. In fact, her father has never shed a single tear over his daughter’s life-altering disability. Instead, Jessica’s parents challenged her to be great.

And that’s exactly what she did. Jessica is the world’s first, and only, licensed pilot without arms who flies unmodified airplanes with her feet. She is a motivational speaker who has inspired hundreds of thousands of people to overcome their own challenges and to find positivity and strength through their struggles. In addition to all that, she is a Taekwondo black belt, has received a personal blessing from the Pope, a scuba diver and a parachuter.

In this uplifting episode of “Rob Konrad: Conversations”, Jessica tells Rob all about how she came to see her physical limitations as an opportunity to bring hope to others. You’ll discover how she cultivates fearlessness and uses her T.H.I.N.K principle to tackle seemingly impossible challenges (Tear up the challenge. Heighten awareness. Insist on asking the question “how?” rather than asking the question “can?”. on-stop re-evaluating, repurposing or reinventing. Kick the habit of excuses) . She’ll also answer a burning question many people are dying to ask her: if she could choose to have arms, would she want them?  [... read more ...]        go to episode