Episode 160

Expedition Leader Jo Bradshaw - Why success is being happy

Ever felt like you wanted to make a massive career change? Quit the 9-5 and do the seemingly impossible thing of following your passions? Guest Jo Bradshaw proves that it IS indeed possible. Jo used to work in an office as a Business Advisor, but a sky dive and a bike ride were the triggers for Jo's life to take a different pathway. She has spent the past decade and a half working as a Freelance Expedition Leader and Outdoor Ed Instructor. She's done nearly 40 ascents of Kilimanjaro, she's undertaking the 7 summits and she even has a few triathlon plans for this year.

You'll hear:

10:00 Jo on her plans to do a Middle Distance triathlon in 2023 and why she's planning on changing her work around for 2023. 'Life is short, I'm not getting any younger and I want to see what I'm like."

13:00 Why Jo believes that life is for living, if she's always had that attitude and if not, where it came from. "It wasn't really until I hit my 30s and swapped the world of business for the world of adventure." "I have one life, I am mostly the master of my destiny."

17:30 What would a 15 year old think of Jo's talks when she goes into schools? And how does she try to encourage adventure in young people too? The importance of champions and why it's so important to be someone else's champion and helping others. "We can come up with excuses so easily, but a lot of excuses come out of fear of failure."

25:00 Why ditching the mobile phone and being forced to sit and talk can be so hard for young people.

27:30 Having done 37 ascents of Kilimanjaro, does Jo ever get bored of going up the same Mountain so many times?

31:00 Jo talks about Everest Base Camp and the queues, why crews of 40 go up Kilimanjaro and what Denali is like too and what it's like to stand on top of a mountain.

39:30 Jo is trying to climb the World's 7 summits. She has already done 6 of them, including Mt Vincent in Antarctica.

45:30 What is success? And why Jo's perception of success has changed since her late 20s and it's now happiness. "Life is not going to go as planned and it's your choice how you deal with that."

51:30 How has Jo's confidence changed since she left the world of Business behind?

Find out more about this week's guest:

Jo Bradshaw Instagram

Jo Bradshaw website

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Helen has been working in triathlon for a decade as an athlete, coach and broadcaster.

Helen hosts the Inside Tri Show podcast bringing you awesome interviews from triathlon and beyond