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About Colin O'Brady
Colin O’Brady is one of the world’s most recognized endurance athletes and explorers, and he's set 10 world records. He’s a New York Times bestselling author, sought-after public speaker, entrepreneur and Yale University graduate.
In January of 2008, O'Brady suffered a severe burn injury while traveling in rural Thailand. Traumatically, doctors warned he would never walk normally again. Supported by his mother, he went on to make a full recovery, and just a year and a half after his accident, won the Chicago triathlon. A seemingly impossible goal, he turned into reality.
Over the last decade Colin has continued to pursue a life of adventure and sought to unlock human potential. He’s set records for the Explorers Grand Slam, Seven Summits and 50 High Points Challenge.
In 2018 Colin became the first person in history to cross the continent of Antarctica - solo, unsupported and completely human-powered. The New York Times wrote O'Brady's Antarctica crossing “joined some of the most remarkable achievements in polar history."
Guinness World Records called O’Brady’s 2019 ocean project — the world’s first completely human-powered ocean row across Drake Passage from South America to Antarctica — “...one of the most significant human-powered adventures ever undertaken...” Colin is an Executive Producer of The Impossible Row, a feature length documentary from the Discovery Channel, and he hosts a television series called Survivalists.
And yet, Colin isn’t just an adventurer. His debut novel The Impossible First, a memoir recounting his 54-day, 930-mile journey across Antarctica, is a New York Times bestseller. His second book The 12-Hour Walk published August 2nd 2022 and is written to empower you to live your best life.
Colin is considered to be one of the foremost experts on mindset. His TED talk, “Change Your Mindset and Achieve Anything,” has been viewed nearly 3 million times. His non-profit work — to inspire kids and community to live active, healthy lives and achieve their biggest dreams — has widespread impact. Colin’s entrepreneurial ventures have resulted in co-founding a live events company, 29029 Everesting, which was acquired by iFit.
Colin endeavors to uncover what’s possible and unlock human potential, journeying to some of the most extreme places on earth. He has been featured on leading media platforms including The Today Show, The Tonight Show, Joe Rogan Experience Podcast, The New York Times, CBS Sunday Morning, PBS, CNN, NPR, Business Insider, HBO Real Sports, Forbes, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Men’s Journal, Outside Magazine, Men’s Health, People, Esquire, among many other global outlets.
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Impossible First, an inspiring blend of riveting adventure stories and life-changing wisdom that teaches us how to embark on a transformative one-day journey that will unlock our best lives.
Millions of people dream of living a more fulfilling life, yet many settle for a life of comfortable complacency, allowing excuses and negative thoughts to invade their minds. I don’t have enough time…I don’t have enough money…I’m afraid to fail...I don’t have what it takes—we allow these limiting beliefs to control us.
Now, The 12-Hour Walk provides the inspiration—and catalyst—for getting unstuck and realizing your full potential. Featuring life lessons from explorer, endurance athlete, and entrepreneur Colin O’Brady—whose adventures in such extreme places as Antarctica and the perilous Drake Passage and on the peaks of Mount Everest and K2 have seen him establish ten world records—this book’s vivid narrative and powerful insight will show you how you can embark on your own life-changing journey.
With Colin as your guide, The 12-Hour Walk asks you to invest one day in yourself. By walking alone, unplugging, listening to the voice within, and rewriting the limiting beliefs etched into your psyche, you can break free of the patterns holding you back and learn how to cultivate a “Possible Mindset”—an empowered way of thinking that unlocks a life of limitless possibilities. The reward: being the hero of your own destiny.
Prior to December 2018, no individual had ever crossed the landmass of Antarctica alone, without support and completely human powered. Yet, Colin O’Brady was determined to do just that, even if, ten years earlier, there was doubt that he’d ever walk again normally. From the depths of a tragic accident, he fought his way back. In a quest to unlock his potential and discover what was possible, he went on to set three mountaineering world records before turning to this historic Antarctic challenge.
O’Brady’s pursuit of a goal that had eluded many others was made even more intense by a head-to-head battle that emerged with British polar explorer Captain Louis Rudd—also striving to be “the first.” Enduring Antarctica’s sub-zero temperatures and pulling a sled that initially weighed 375 pounds—in complete isolation and through a succession of whiteouts, storms, and a series of near disasters—O’Brady persevered.
Alone with his thoughts for nearly two months in the vastness of the frozen continent—gripped by fear and doubt—he reflected on his past, seeking courage and inspiration in the relationships and experiences that had shaped his life.
“Incredibly engaging and well-written” (The Wall Street Journal)—and set against the backdrop of some of the most extreme environments on earth, from Mt. Everest to Antarctica—this is “an unforgettable memoir of perseverance, survival, daring to dream big, and showing the world how to make the impossible possible” (Booklist, starred review).