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Lewis Pugh: North Pole Endurance Swimmer with a Driving Purpose, Part I, Episode #36, 11-4-19

Lewis Pugh: North Pole Endurance Swimmer with a Driving Purpose, Part I, Episode #36, 11-4-19

How does Lewis Pugh dive in at such places as the North Pole and complete endurance swims in below-freezing water temperatures? He says he is motivated by his "driving purpose,” which is saving our oceans. His interview with Kelly Palace and Maria Parker is guaranteed to inspire you to get out of your comfort zone and find your own purpose. Tune in to part one of this two-part exclusive interview with Lewis Pugh.

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More About Lewis Pugh

Lewis Pugh is an endurance, ice water swimmer and the United Nations Patron of the Oceans. Pugh is the only person to have completed a long distance swim in every ocean of the world. Over 7 million people have viewed Lewis Pugh’s TED Talks and videos and countless others have followed his journeys on BBC, Good Morning America, CNN, Jon Stewart, National Geographic, Sky News and more. His autobiography Achieving the Impossible is a bestseller and was chosen for Oprah’s Exclusive Book List.

Episode Topics and Mentions

North Pole

South Pole

English Channel

The Long Swim

Mount Everest

Capetown, South Africa



Cold water swimming

Open water swimming

Indian Ocean

TED Talks

Anticipatory thermogenesis

Ross Sea, Antarctica 


Shuhari - Japanese martial art concept

British Special Service


United Kingdom


Slava Fetisov


Achieving the Impossible 

Driving through Tunnels

Takeaways from Kelly and Maria

Kelly - 1) When we have a driving purpose we can accomplish superhuman feats. 2) Martial arts concept of Shu Ha Ri, Obey the law, break the law, make the law. This is a great road map for achieving extraordinary things.

Maria - 1) Courage is a muscle and it can get flabby. We need to do things that build our courage muscle. 2) We all need a team. Surround yourself with a brave, courageous team. 

Quote of the Week

“Courage is contagious and equally, fear is contagious. I try to surround myself with courageous people." -- Lewis Pugh

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