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The Learning Leader Show
- “Life is on the wire. The rest is just waiting.” — Karl Wallenda (Nik’s grandfather)
- “Fear of Feathers” — One of the greatest fears of our current age: uncertainty.
- On March 4, 2020, Nik completed his greatest accomplishment to date, walking over the lava lake of the active Masaya Volcano.
- On June 4, 2011, Nik Wallenda successfully completed the high wire walk in San Juan that took his grandfather’s life — a 135-foot-long high-wire crossing between the two towers of the ten-story Condado Plaza Hotel.
- John Maxwell saw Nik speak at an event and encouraged him to write a book.
- Nik shares how his worst fear came true when five family members fell while doing a stunt.
- He thought, should I get back up on the wire?
- He learned from his family that they always fulfill their contracts.
- “I get goosebumps telling this story… My dad said, ‘I’ll always be there for you.'”
- “It’s my job as the leader to figure out who’s shaky and be there for them.”
- Work to counter negativity with positivity and preparation.
- Nik’s mother walked the wire when she was six months pregnant with him.
- “This is the way I came into the world. This is the way I want to go out.”
- “One day you eat the chicken. The next day, you eat the feathers.”
- “What you would call fear, I would call respect.”
- “The worst thing you can do for a wild animal is show it fear. Show respect instead.”
- “I never wear a harness unless my network partner makes me.”
- The preparation process for a big event is meticulous and intense.
- He wears an oxygen deprivation mask to feel what it’s like to not have a lot of oxygen.
- “It’s all about building mental confidence.”
- Make training much harder than the event
- “You cannot ever train enough.”
- “If you think you should practice 5 times, do it 50 times.”
- Excellence =
- A passion about being good at what you do
- Too many people are miserable at what they do. It’s fear.
- “Even if you hate your job, do it with excellence.”
- “You have to show up at work every single day.”
- “Be positive, force yourself to smile.”
- What is Nik thinking while walking over an active volcano?
- “I’m free, I’m excited, I have every emotion you can imagine.”
- Alex Honold and David Blaine have become great friends and are very helpful.