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Lewis Pugh: North Pole Endurance Swimmer with a Driving Purpose, Part II, Episode #37, 11-11-19

Lewis Pugh: North Pole Endurance Swimmer with a Driving Purpose, Part II, Episode #37, 11-11-19

Most people would never consider a dive into the black, icy waters of the Antarctic, but Lewis Pugh is driven by a purpose that is bigger than himself and his own comfort. The endurance swimmer is on a mission to bring awareness to and save the oceans of the world. In Part II of his exclusive interview with Kelly Palace and Maria Parker, Pugh shares some of his successes so far and overcoming low points on the journey. 

You can listen to Part I of the interview here. 

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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


Emperor penguins

King penguins

Ross Sea

Slava Fetisov

Admiral Bellinghausen


Moscow, Russia



South Africa

United Kingdom

Michael Gove, British Secretary of State for Environment

Ascension Island

Net zero by 2050

Yellowstone National Park

Yosemite National Park

Anticipatory thermogenesis

Rap music

Mohammed Ali


Nelson Mandela

Desmond Tutu

Molly Blackburn

Brian Button


Beijing Olympics


Danube River

Plastic pollution

Elton John


Indian Ocean

Shuhari - Japanese martial art concept


Takeaways from Kelly and Maria:

  • Drill down to find your purpose - keep going and don’t give up. Keep mining for gold. 
  • Stack your confidence, through encouragement from others and tap your experiences.
  • Dive in.

Quote of the Week

“In finding your purpose, it's like mining. When you hit that strata you know it. You know that you found what really is your purpose and then you just need to mine right the way along that line. Most people never dig deep enough or long enough.”.- Lewis Pugh

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