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Episode Info: Five years ago Ness Knight quit her 9-5 job in marketing and embarked on the adventure of a lifetime, forging a career as an explorer, endurance athlete, presenter, and speaker. She is the first female to stand up paddleboard 1000 miles down the Missouri River She has cycled solo + unsupported 2000 miles across the USA She is the first female in history to swim the length of the Thames River She has run 400 miles – 15 marathons back-to-back, from London to Land’s End She has cycled solo across the Namib Desert and next year, she will make another World Record attempt – to be the first female to row the Pacific Ocean solo and non-stop. Ness’ greatest passion lies in exploring her mental and physical limits in some of the world’s most unique locations and terrains. She knows that when we challenge ourselves, and step outside our comfort zone, we grow. In this episode of the Inspiring Women Interviews, Ness and I talk about: The importance of resilience in any of your endeavours The nature of fear, courage and constantly expanding your comfort zone How to overcome a deeply instilled fear of failure How to use Linked In to build your career and much, much more! Ness reveals things in this interview that she’s never revealed in public before:  You’ll hear her talk about the deep-rooted fear of failure that was instilled in her as a child, how she struggled with depression and how she overcame it. This interview is intensely personal and Ness is definitely a REAL model as well as a role model.  I know you’re going to be truly inspired when you listen to this episode! Podcast Transcript Amanda: Hello, Ness.Ness: Hi. How are you?Amanda: I’m good. I am so excited about interviewing you today. Thank you very, very much for being here.Ness: It’s my pleasure. Thanks for having me. Amanda: Ness, I’m going to start at the beginning. How on earth do you get started as an explorer? It’s not something you can go and look up where the job ad, first, in the paper, “wanted explorer,” is it?Ness: No. Actually, that’s one of my jokes and all these online forms. There’s no drop-down for explorer. Officially, my job title is other. It’s quite an unusual one, I guess. Yeah, I guess best job description as well is that I, basically, specialise in hauling everything I need to survive around with me, around those remote parts of the world, which is a bit of an unusual one. A fair question, how do you get started in that. In my case, it was definitely by accident. I stumbled into this career. That happened, probably, about five years ago now, five-and-a-half years ago. I use to actually work in Digital in London. I just had a bog standard 9:00 to 5:00 as a marketing manager. I was actually working, at the time, for a company called, “School for Startups.” It was actually a social enterprise. Quite a few people might have heard of them. It was phenomenal. We basically taught entrepreneurship. I was responsible for the digital arm of tha...
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