Finding Your Summit

Finding Your Summit

Mark Pattison is a former NFL player, entrepreneur, philanthropist and mountaineer who is now climbing the Seven Summits. Through his life’s journey, business, sports & charity work, Mark has been fortunate to meet some of the world’s most incredible people who share their stories of how they overcame obstacles to succeed and what their driving force was.... Show More

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March 5, 2021 51 min

192: Laura Pence: PsyD Doctor, Theraand Founder of LIGHFBOX discusses how she evolved from her early beginnings as a high school athlete, to her involvement in the Spartan Championships and treating patients that battle eating disorders. 

 

Laura Pence

 

Today’s guest Laura Pence discusses her introduction to the Spartan Championships at a point in her life where she had been in a private practice as a psychologist for about 10+...

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191: Jerry Schemmel: Plane crash survivor, broadcaster, cyclist, and author talks about how he survived the crash of United Airlines Flight 232, established a long career as a play-by-play broadcaster for professional basketball, as well as became an author. 

 

Jerry Schemmel

 

Guest Jerry Schemmel describes what it was like before the United Airlines 232 crash occurred. “We had such a crazy circumstance because we had a lot of tim...

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190: Benjamin Breckheimer: Former Staff Sergeant who was blown up by an IED, then overcame his injury plus divorce and suicidal thoughts to regain his drive by becoming the 1st Purple Heart recipient to climb the Seven Summits. 

 

Benjamin Breckheimer

 

Did Benjamin Breckheimer always want to be in the military? “When Desert Storm was unfolding, I wasn’t even 7-years-old. I just remember watching all of the news footage and I was j...

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190: Lakpa Rita Sherpa: Mountain Climber and Sherpa who has climbed to the top of Mount Everest an astonishing 17 times and became the first Sherpa to climb the seven summits in 2009. Lakpa Rita Sherpa discusses how he managed to accomplish these impressive feats from his beginnings in Nepal to his current home in Seattle, Washington. 

 

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How was it for Lakpa RIta Sherpa growing up in Thame in Nepal? “It's ...

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188: Rob Urbach: Chief Executive Officer of the Iditarod race in Alaska, discusses what it took for him to make the impressive transition from being the youngest Ironman Kona triathlete to emerging as the CEO of the intense outdoor Iditarod long-distance sled dog race. 

 

Rob Urbach 

 

How did guest Rob Urbach get involved in competitive sports? “I’ve worked in the sports business my entire career. But I was a triathlete. So, I did...

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187: Mike Schauch: Mountaineer and author talks about how he was able to overcome not climbing a mountain in the Himalayas and how it led to connecting with a little girl in Nepal that he and his wife assisted in getting an education.  

 

Mike Schauch 

 

When did Mike Schauch begin to get attracted to the Nepal region? “Since I was about 15 I had wanted to go to Nepal. I don’t know what it is about Nepal. But it is just the people,...

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186: Steve Porino: NBC Sports Broadcaster and Alpine Ski Racer discusses what it was like for him to go from being among the best ski racers in the midwest, to then becoming a television broadcaster and attending the Olympics on multiple occasions. 

 

Steve Porino 

 

How did Steve Porino get introduced to skiing? “My dad is European. His father was Italian. His mother was Swiss. He grew up between Italy and Switzerland. It was duri...

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185: Don Dow: Former NFL player and founder of Dow Events talks about the football lessons he has brought with him to business and how he and his company are overcoming the challenges of COVID.

 

Don Dow

 

What does Don want people to understand about his accomplishments? “We both played in the NFL, we both got drafted. And the thing that people need to understand is those things don’t just happen magically. Hard things are hard, r...

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184: Dung Duong: Entrepreneur and Author of Shifting Optics: Life in Perspective talks about experiencing being jailed at 5-years-old and homelessness before immigrating to the United States and transitioning into becoming an entrepreneur. 

 

Dung Duong

 

How did Dung Duong develop his positive attitude and ability to see life from the bright side? “I think in life, it is one of those things where having gone through the things tha...

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183: Brian Von Herbulis: Retired U.S. Marine and Chief Executive Officer at Ultra Solutions discusses how he overcame getting kicked out of college to then earn his MBA degree, serving in the U.S. Marines, and living up to his personal mission statement to be an honorable man and enrich the lives of others. 

 

Brian Von Herbulis

 

How did Brian Von Herbulis arrive at his mission statement, ‘To be an honorable man, enrich the lives ...

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182: Benjamin Alexander: Soon-to-be Olympic Alpine Skier representing Jamaica and former International DJ discusses his journey from being a financial analyst to traveling all over the world as a DJ and his current pursuit to represent Jamaica in the 2022 Winter Olympics.

 

Benjamin Alexader

 

What is Benjamin Alexander’s connection to the Jamaican Olympic team? “I’m half English, half Jamaican. My father was born on the south side...

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181: Kevin Sorbo: Actor, Director, Producer, Author who has been in 64 films discusses what it took to rise up from Mound, Minnesota to become internationally known for his television role as Hercules to having to overcome strokes that surged down into his brain. 

 

Kevin Sorbo 

 

Kevin Sorbo discusses his early background and the moment that he knew he wanted to become an actor. “I grew up in a really small town called Mound, Minn...

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180: Kevin Richardson: Book Author at Morgan James Publishing, and former University of Washington Husky football player had aspirations of playing professionally in the NFL. When this dream didn’t materialize, it took him 33 years to move past it. Kevin Richardson shares his inspiring story of overcoming thoughts of suicide and depression and evolving into a writer. 

 

Kevin Richardson 

 

Kevin Richardson discusses where his early...

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181: Mike Marolt: Ski Mountaineer and Author of the book Progression: A Lifetime of Skiing the World’s Greatest Ranges talks about how he went from being the son of a father who was an Olympic athlete to blazing his own trail as a ski mountaineer who hit the heights of Mt. Everest. 

 

Mike Marolt 

 

Mike Marolt talks about his dad being in the 1960 Olympics and where Mike’s inspiration came from. “I was really fortunate. I had a da...

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178: Hilaree Nelson: Professional Ski Mountaineer for North Face, National Geographic Live Speaker, and TNF Athlete Team Captain who has had over 40 expeditions and has been voted National Geographic person of the decade discusses how she evolved from someone who enjoyed mountaineering to making it the focal point of her professional life. 

 

Hilaree Nelson

 

Hilaree Nelson talks about her hometown of Seattle and how it informed he...

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178: Danny Wuerffel: Former Heisman Trophy Winner and Executive Director of Desire Street Ministries shares his path to going from being an amazing quarterback in Florida and transformed that energetic drive and desire into making a meaningful impact in the lives of those less fortunate. Danny Wuerffel also is the force behind the Wuerffel Trophy which recognizes the top college player in the United States who is also involved in c...

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176: Derek Abby: Former U.S. Marine with three deployments to Iraq and one deployment to Afghanistan and the President and CEO of Project Recover talks about making the transition from being a young military member at age 18 to the role that education has played in his current work in locating missing military members. 

 

Derek Abby 

 

How did Derek Abby deal with his parents divorcing early on in his life and his mother dying when...

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175: Travis Mills: Former U.S Army Staff Sergeant, President of Travis Mills Group, Travis Mills Foundation, New York Times Best-Selling Author, Veterans Advocate, and Public Speaker discusses his triumphant recovery and successful life after becoming an amputee during combat.

 

Travis Mills 

 

Did today’s guest Travis Mills grow up with his glass-is-half-full positive mentality? “Yeah, I’m pretty sure my parents called it stubborn...

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174: Josh Pelland: Professional Speaker and previously a Climber, Adventurer, ParaAthlete, and in Britain’s Elite Royal Marine Commando and Special Ops talks about what life has been like overcoming the struggles in becoming a commando and then overcoming a life-altering 65-foot fall.  

 

Josh Pelland 

 

How did Josh Pelland end up in Britain’s Elite Royal Marine Commando and Special Ops? “I grew up in Canada, lived all over Canada...

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173: Butch Whiting: CEO of Kryptek Outdoor Group, talks about he evolved from his childhood interest in the military, to leading soldiers in Afghanistan, to starting his own business and how all of these experiences connect. 

Butch Whiting  

 

Why was it that pushed today’s guest butch Whiting to go into the military at a young age? “I was inspired to go into the military by my grandfather on my dad’s side. He was the first sergean...

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