No Barriers is about my journey since coming down from Mt. Everest in 2001, and the path to where I am today. It is the story of my own life, the personal and professional struggles in the pursuit of growth, learning, and family, as well as a dream to kayak one of the world s great rivers as a blind athlete.Read more...
No Barriers is about my journey since coming down from Mt. Everest in 2001, and the path to where I am today. It is the story of my own life, the personal and professional struggles in the pursuit of growth, learning, and family, as well as a dream to kayak one of the world s great rivers as a blind athlete. It is also about the many people I ve encountered along the way who possess what I call a No Barriers mindset, who live a No Barriers life. It highlights these pioneers who give those around them the courage to do great things. People who have risked failure, transcended their personal barriers, and shown others a way forward: scientists and innovators, artists and musicians, climbers and adventurers, activists and soldiers.
No Barriers is a way of living, and it exists in all of us, like a deep internal light. But sometimes through trauma, loss, isolation, and disillusionment, people get shoved into a dark place, and that light is almost extinguished. Making hard choices is what feeds that light, and becomes the energy we need to propel us forward. This book is about making the hard choices to fuel that flickering light, so that we can ignite with purpose and become our very best selves."
- ISBN-13: 9781250088789
- ISBN-10: 125008878X
- Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
- Publish Date: February 2017
- Page Count: 480
- Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.63 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-09-12
- Reviewer: Staff
Named after Weihenmayers support organization, this memoir reads like an extension of its mission statement, right down to the concluding No Barriers Pledges. After Weihenmayer (Touch the Top of the World), a blind adventurist, scales Mt. Everest, his expedition leader advises him not to let that be the greatest thing you ever do. Weihenmayer, an American, takes the advice, leading blind Tibetan children and veterans on climbs and conducting countless other courageous feats. Spinning minutia as intimacy is an unexpected, unpleasant wrinkle. The book is part Facebook post (The journey began to take on a metaphorical meaning) and part résumé, detailing Weihenmayers personal and professional travails en route to the goal mentioned in the title. Weihenmayers inability to pare down the selection of anecdotesall covered in CEO life lessonspeak or ponderous dialogue straight from gift-store inspirational storybooks (In your talk, Erik, I remember you referring to an internal light that exists in people)makes it impossible to care. This is heroism as a reference book. The amount of material is so mind-numbing and the diversions from the ultimate goal are so numerous that the only thing readers will be amazed by is that Weihenmayers accomplishments manage to be boring. Two 16-page color photo inserts. (Feb. 2017)