With 11 Guinness World Records and a list of never before seen death defying feats, Nik Wallenda has written his name in history as truly the “King of the High Wire.”  Nik has performed live in every state in the USA and all over the world.  He has garnered the support from tens of millions of live viewers in network television specials on ABC, The Discovery Channel and others.  From crossing the Grand Canyon and Niagra Falls to walking blindfolded between two towers in Chicago, Nik personifies the Wallenda Family legacy of “Never Giving Up.”

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  • “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.
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