I’ve spent 2 years finding the best stories of human resilience. With me are: - Explorer Ben Saunders, whose journey to the South Pole set a world record but made him question the meaning of success and happiness; - Author Lily Bailey who knows OC...
I left my business in London in 2016 to go around and ask people about their inner demons. To my absolute surprise, many responded and I became an accidental collector of important human experiences. I managed to convince some of the most original thinkers I met to share their struggles and lessons of resilience in the recently published book What Doesn’t Kill You: 15 Stories of Survival - more about it on Goodreads.
Today, I’ve got 2 of the authors with me. We’ll be around for 5 hours starting now and answer as many of your questions as we can.
Ben Saunders In 2013, Ben and his teammate Tarka set out on a 1,800-mile journey on foot from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back - an expedition that no polar explorer had finished alive before. Dragging a 400-pound sledge with supplies each, Ben and Tarka walked the equivalent of 69 marathons back to back, setting the record for the longest human-powered polar journey in history. But for Ben, achieving the impossible didn’t lead to a happy ending; in fact, it made him deeply question what ’success’ really means and how it relates to happiness.
Lily Bailey Lily is a well-known British writer, model and former journalist who suffered from severe obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) into her teens. She kept her illness private, until the many myths about the disorder compelled her to write ‘Because We Are Bad: OCD and a Girl Lost in Thought’ - a funny, intimate record of the obsessions that ruled Lily’s life as a child and how she learned to fight back.
- Follow Ben on Twitter
- Follow Lily on Twitter
- Check out “What Doesn’t Kill You” on Amazon - US version or UK version
UPDATE: Everyone, it's been so much fun! Thank you for your deep curiosity, thought-provoking questions and thoughtful replies. It's getting close to bedtime at our end of the world but do keep posting if you want to and we may be able to respond tomorrow.
Finally, if you do give the book a chance and you don't find it valuable, DM me and I'll personally refund your purchase. As curator and editor, I feel an enormous responsibility to readers and I believe that the trust of the reader should never be taken lightly.