Kevin Biggar takes pride in delivering tailored keynotes and workshops that are fast paced, entertaining and informative. Packed with practical skills and techniques to enable participants to make a significant impact in their performance. Kevin has a B.Sc degree from Auckland University and a Masters in Environment and Development from the University of Cambridge, UK. He worked for the NZ Treasury and the Boston Consulting Group before deciding to take part in the world’s toughest endurance event- the trans-Atlantic rowing race. Despite not having rowed before he won the race and set a new world record. Together with his rowing partner Jamie Fitzgerald he went on to become the first NZ team to trek unsupported and unresupplied to the South Pole. He has authored three books and co-hosted the TVNZ adventure documentary series ‘First Crossings’ and ‘Intrepid NZ.’
How to tidy a garage? This is the worked example of how to take on a tough challenge. Decluttering a garage is tough. The golden rule is every time you go in you don’t make it worse, and put ONE thing away. Lots of other tips inside!
I was in a casino in Las Vegas and lost a bag of cash, I was incandescent with rage and self loathing – here’s how I changed my mood and even got back to smiling again. It’s what you can do any time you’re dealing with a setback.
Sometimes I’m asked what was the hardest part about taking on the trans-Atlantic rowing race. Well, oddly, it’s not the sharks or the storms, or the seat gnawing away at your backside, or never sleeping more than an hour at a time. In fact it’s nothing to do with the race itself – the hardest most painful task, that requires the most tenacity and resilience happens before you leave shore. It’s raising sponsorship. You’re desperately knocking on doors day after day, to keep the dream alive but you keep hearing no after no after no.
I was very lucky to come across this technique that helped me process setbacks a bit faster and allowed me to get some perspective and hang in there. It didn’t solve my problems – but it allowed my head to get back in the game.
So here we are in week 2 of self-isolation. We’re past the adrenaline surges of the first few days and are now well into the drudge. Now the whole thing is odd, and a bit strange and a bit stressful.
I found myself thinking who has been through something like this before? Monks? Astronauts? I know. Me! Together with Jamie Fitzgerald I’ve spent six weeks in a boat that had an area of less than 14 m². And that was palatial compared to spending eight weeks trekking to the South Pole sleeping in a tent of about 4 m². So here’s nine lessons that I learned. I hope they’ll be as helpful for you as they have been for me.