In 1996, Sue Stockdale achieved a remarkable feat: she became the first British woman to set foot on the Magnetic North Pole, a journey she never thought possible.
What followed was a realisation that her success held a profound purpose—to inspire others to venture beyond their comfort zones and unearth their untapped potential.
Sue's captivating memoir, "EXPLORE: A Life of Adventure," chronicles her life's journey, commencing from challenging beginnings and extending into a lifetime of intrepid exploration in some of the world's harshest environments, including the North Pole, Antarctica, and Greenland.
Within these epic adventures lie invaluable life lessons that Sue readily shares, illustrating how the mindset, discipline, and commitment honed in the crucible of extreme exploration are equally applicable in the professional sphere.
"EXPLORE" serves as a wellspring of inspiration, urging all of us to embark on our personal odysseys of self-discovery. Sue firmly believes that no endeavour is too daunting when undertaken with determination, a well-conceived plan, and a readiness to embrace discomfort.
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Who is Sue
Describing herself as an adventurer
Not going on to guides
Growing up and not doing adventurous things
Going on a cycling trip at 15
Not having any role models
The unexpected death of her mom when she was 14
Wanting to make the most of her life
Challenging herself to see what she's capable of
Sue's memoir, Explore: A Life of Adventure
Adventure mindset, inner voice, and risk-taking
Why did she write the book
Becoming the first UK woman to ski to the Magnetic North Pole
Deciding to apply despite feeling unqualified
Being determined and believing in herself
Overcoming fears and fundraising for an Arctic expedition
Being part of a team of 10 people
Her initial lack of experience in cross-country skiing
Being very optimistic and having an adventurous mindset at heart
Expedition leader David Hempleman-Adams
Engaging in an exercise as a team called "what if list" to share their fears and concerns
Advocates for facing fears by writing them down and talking about them
Successfully securing sponsorship for her expedition
Mental and physical challenges during her North Pole expedition in 1996
Talking about period while she's out on the ice
Bonding between her and Susanna, the first Swedish woman to reach the extreme
Learning to tolerate each other's differences and frustrations during the expedition
How her experience at the North Pole changed her perspective on life
Deciding to set up a business as a motivational speaker
Joining Robert Swan on an expedition down to Antarctica
The process of evolution and building up her business
Entrepreneurship and finding her unique calling
Pushing herself too hard and judging herself too negatively
Talking about her podcast
Final words of advice
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