Episode 038 - Scott Sears

Scott Sears, at just 26, is about to embark on a solo, unassisted, unaccompanied trek to the South Pole in order to stake his claim to a world record, while also raising funds for the Gurkha Welfare Trust. As a former Junior Officer within the Gurkha regiment, and having been in Nepal during the terrible earthquake there last year, he is highly motivated. However, he faces 200mph winds, temperatures as low as -50C and he will be dragging more than 100kg of kit over some of the most inhospitable terrain on the planet. In this episode, Scott and I chat about his imminent departure and how he has been preparing for this incredible challenge.

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Episode 33 - Cathy O'Dowd

Cathy O’Dowd is perhaps best known for being the first woman in history to summit Mount Everest from both sides. She is a NY Times bestseller author and Cathy has spoken to corporations and groups in more than 40 countries about what she has learned from her adventures in the Himalaya, focusing upon lessons of leadership, team dynamics, achieving goals and the motivation needed to see through long term projects and expeditions. 

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Episode 032 - Leon Logothetis

Leon Logothetis is a TV host and producer, author, world traveller and philanthropist whose mission is to encourage as many of us as possible to embrace authenticity and to choose to act from a place of kindness. He is a man who, as you will soon come to see, walks his talk and lives his message.

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THF Superfight #17 - (The Doctor vs. Hermione)

Superfight is a card game which pits unlikely figures against one another in an imaginary combat arena. 
Each player randomly draws a character card and attributes which might strengthen or weaken their chances of survival. Then they go head to head in a battle to the death for your entertainment.

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Episode 031 - Caroline Paul

The advice often given to budding writers is that they should write about what they know. In Caroline Paul’s case, that would fill a bookcase and every volume would be well worth reading! She was the 15th woman to break into the male-dominated world of the San Francisco Fire Department where she served for 13 1/2 years. She has dodged death while paragliding in Brazil, she’s climbed Mount Denali, white water rafted in one of the remotest parts of Siberia and sea kayaked around the islands of Croatia. Caroline has chased world records, Olympic medals and has broken onto the NY Times bestseller list with her most recent book - ‘The Gutsy Girl’.

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THF Superfight #16 (My mum vs. Fainting Goat)

Superfight is a card game which pits unlikely figures against one another in an imaginary combat arena. 
Each player randomly draws a character card and attributes which might strengthen or weaken their chances of survival. Then they go head to head in a battle to the death for your entertainment.

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Episode 030 - Simon Perkin

At 26, Simon Perkin was donating blood when he was flagged up as anaemic; following a raft of follow-up tests he was diagnosed with a form of Leukaemia. Thus began a journey that would see him come face to face with his mortality on more than one occasion, take responsibility for his own healing and fight his way back to health. Since then Simon has run the London Marathon and has just come back from Malaga where he represented GB in the World Transplant Games. His is a story of true courage, grit and gratitude.

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THF Superfight #15 - (Ninja vs. Lucha Libre Wrestler)

Superfight is a card game which pits unlikely figures against one another in an imaginary combat arena. 
Each player randomly draws a character card and attributes which might strengthen or weaken their chances of survival. Then they go head to head in a battle to the death for your entertainment.

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Episode 029 - Damon Cole

Damon Cole is a police officer in Fort Worth, Texas which is arguably reason enough for him to come on as a guest of ‘The Hero Forge’ but it is actually what he does in his own time, and on his own dime that brought him to my attention as someone I had to talk to for this show. Damon has created an initiative called 'Heroes and Cops Against Childhood Cancer’ and since 2015 he has been giving hope to children fighting against cancer in a unique and inspiring way and today we’re going to learn all about it.

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Special Episode: Patrick McKeown

Patrick McKeown is the author of ‘The Oxygen Advantage’ and is a researcher and coach at the cutting edge of optimal breathing strategies. He works with world class athletes as well as everyday people, using simple exercises to help them to correct dysfunctional breathing patterns which can result in life-changing health and fitness benefits.

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Episode 028 - Robert Waggoner

Robert Waggoner is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the little understood phenomenon of Lucid Dreaming. With more than 30 years personal experience as a lucid dreamer himself, Robert has consulted and presented at a plethora of conferences and institutions and has authored some of the best selling and most respected books on the subject. In this conversation we explore just what it means to experience lucidity and the implication for heroes-in-training.

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THF Superfight #14 - (Cop vs Sherlock Holmes)

Superfight is a card game which pits unlikely figures against one another in an imaginary combat arena. 
Each player randomly draws a character card and attributes which might strengthen or weaken their chances of survival. Then they go head to head in a battle to the death for your entertainment.

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Episode 027 - Greg Smith

Greg Smith is based in Richmond, Virginia and is the creator of the Agile Writer Method which is a model to help writers move from their initial idea to publication in just 6 months using Joseph Campbell’s monomyth, insights from the field of psychology and some project management wizardry.He is also a co-creator and contributor to the 'Reel Heroes' project along with previous guest and heroism scholar Scott Allison - together they analyse the narrative structure and heroic principles revealed in modern cinema releases.

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Special Episode: Professor Philip Zimbardo

Professor Philip Zimbardo is, arguably, the grandfather of the ‘everyday hero’ movement. As Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, he has published more than 300 academic papers, has authored more than 50 books and has a rich hinterland of subject expertise, ranging from the nature of evil, shyness, hypnosis and time, to name but a few. He rocketed to the world’s attention following his infamous Stanford Prison Experiment in 1971 and he has held the international stage ever since as a respected authority and ground-breaking academic. He has since gone on to found the Heroic Imagination Project and, with his 85th birthday less than a year away, he shows no signs of slowing down, even though he officially retired more than a decade ago!

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THF Superfight #13 - (Insane Clown Posse vs. Emperor Penguin)

Superfight is a card game which pits unlikely figures against one another in an imaginary combat arena. 
Each player randomly draws a character card and attributes which might strengthen or weaken their chances of survival. Then they go head to head in a battle to the death for your entertainment.

On the fight card this week:

Round 1: Insane clown posse vs Emperor penguin

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Episode 026 - Elaine Kinsella

Elaine Kinsella is a scholar based at the University of Limerick in the heart of the Emerald Isle. There, she has been involved in key research around the renaissance of heroism and has authored or co-authored some of the key papers which are helping us to navigate our way through this complex and fascinating area of study.

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Episode 025 - Duncan Slater Part 2

Having successfully completed the trek to the South Pole, double amputee Duncan Slater could easily have rested on his laurels, but instead he decided to take on an even more daunting challenge - the Marathon Des Sables. Touted as the toughest land race on earth, participants cover 252km through some of the most inhospitable terrain on the planet - the Sahara desert. Had Duncan bitten off more than even he could chew this time around? Tune in to find out!

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THF Superfight #11 (Abraham Lincoln vs. A Samurai)

Superfight is a card game which pits unlikely figures against one another in an imaginary combat arena. 
Each player randomly draws a character card and attributes which might strengthen or weaken their chances of survival. Then they go head to head in a battle to the death for your entertainment.

 

On the fight card this week:

Round 1: Abraham Lincoln vs. A Samurai

Round 2: Redneck vs. Gandhi

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