Obstacle or Opportunity?

Success is a skill

Life is full of obstacles and opportunities. 

The important thing is to appreciate that the obstacles themselves are commonly opportunities when viewed from a positive angle.

There were several keys to Steve's 20 years of racing success that can be applied to anything in life. Mostly it’s the attitude, because adventure racing is about problem solving. That’s what defined his races: challenges and obstacles. The winner is the one who finds the most opportunities in those obstacles.  It’s a healthy kind of thinking.

During the Raid Guloises Adventure Race in Borneo, Steve was infected with Leptosporosis by bat dung as his team raced through the Mulu caves. 

Steve suffered circulatory collapse and pulmonary oedema followed by renal failure while being dragged through intensive care wards in Malaysia and Singapore.  He came very close to death. Read more of this story in Lucky Legs, and on kidney researcher John Pickering's blogs.

It is Steve's fight back to winning form (winning 7 Coast to Coast races in a row afterwards) in just 2 years, in the face of medical professionals' scepticism and doubt that spawned many requests for speaking engagements.

Learn how he turned this, and many other of his life's large obstacles into a winning opportunity.

Favourite obstacle/opportunity topics:
 

  • Getting out of the comfort zone, and into the growth zone by embracing risk & failure as part of the adventure
     

  • Hey! I'm not dead yet!
    How to stage a come-back.
     

  • Success is a skill
     

  • Turning stumbling blocks
    into stepping stones
     

  • Resilience Seminars
     

  • "Energy flows where attention goes."

"As Steve spoke I realised we have to get out of our comfort zone and into the growth zone by embracing risk and failure as part of the adventure."

- M. Gallagher, Teachers Matter

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High Adventure

Inspirational Stories

The primary aim of Steve Gurney's adventures is the fun and excitement of pushing boundaries and checking off bucket list items; they also have a second benefit: they create incredible stories to share!

A Few Popular Adventures

"Steve has interesting and provocative stories to tell that open listeners to new ways of thinking about and approaching adventure."

- Josh Girvan (President, VUWTC)

 

Resilience & Change

Mental Strength

Life is full of obstacles & opportunities. 

 

The important thing is to appreciate that the obstacles themselves are commonly opportunities when viewed from a positive angle.

During the Raid Guloises Adventure Race in Borneo, Steve was infected with Leptosporosis by bat dung as his team raced through the Mulu caves. 

Steve suffered circulatory collapse and pulmonary oedema followed by renal failure while being dragged through intensive care wards in Malaysia and Singapore.  He came very close to death.

Read more of this story in Lucky Legs, and on kidney researcher John Pickering's blogs.

It is Steve's fight back to winning form (winning 7 Coast to Coast races in a row afterwards) in just 2 years, in the face of medical professionals' skepticism and doubt that spawned many requests for speaking engagements.

Learn how he turned this, and many other of his life's large obstacles into a winning opportunity.

Favourite obstacle / opportunity topics:

  • Getting out of the comfort zone, and into the growth zone by embracing risk & failure as part of the adventure
     

  • Hey! I'm not dead yet!
    How to stage a come-back.
     

  • Success is a skill
     

  • Turning stumbling blocks
    into stepping stones
     

  • Resilience Seminars

"The voice of considerable experience and knowledge, delivered with inspiration.  Brilliant & invaluable!!"

- Roger Twiname
Senior Structural Engineer & Director

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CONTACT

Brainstorm Ideas

Are you working on a documentary, have an upcoming grand adventure, organising a TV show, planning an event or anything else that could use some Gurney input?

Give me a call, or send me an email and we can talk through your ideas and work towards making your dream a reality.

"We really liked the way Steve applied his talk to our historic town and challenged us to look for new opportunities."

- Sue Patterson,
Arrowtown Promotion and Business Assn