Anything is possible - thinking big !!!
Sean Conway has embarked on his next great adventure – inspiring people to live their dreams. The 32-year-old became the first man last year to swim the length of Britain. Since the experience, Sean has been touring events and schools around the world to motivate people to realise their ambitions.
The gruelling 900-mile swim from Lands End in Cornwall to John O’Groats in Scotland took him more than four months. During the swim, he had to endure cold temperatures, sea sickness and jellyfish stings to the face. But he did not give up. And that is the message he tries to send to everyone.
“I normally talk to people about dreaming big and aiming high,” he said.
“When I was a kid, I lost confidence in myself. I had some crazy ideas, but never lived them.
“A lot of people told me before the swim I was not going to be able to do it, that it was going to be too cold, but I was quite sure it was something I wanted to do.
“Don’t ever let anyone tell you what you can do or can’t do.”
"We are all a lot more physically and mentally capable than we give ourselves credit for. I say aim higher. You might just SURPRISE yourself"
Motivational speaking and helping people live their dreams was something Sean was always looking forward to doing, even when he was out at sea. Having grown up in Southern Africa, he read stories about the great adventurers, and thought it would never be him. But in becoming the first man to swim the length of the country, he has proved that dreams do come true.
He said: “I knew after my swim what I wanted to do. I wanted to help people realise their true potential. Some time when we were growing up, we forgot our dreams and lived the way people told us to live. Why should we listen to someone else tell us what our true ability is. We are all physically and mentally more capable than we think we are.
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"Enlightening and inspirational."
"A true inspiration to us aspiring cyclists. From an academic view point, the talk was well constructed with no flaws and great detail was made to show the most exciting and jaw dropping tales from a young man's youth."
"Inspirational talk, nice beard. Made me want to get out on my bike and start putting the miles in again (though not 16,000 of 'em just yet)."
"Sean's talk to our TEDxyouth@manchester conference astonished the student audience. His inspirational story and powerful message that nothing is impossible will stay long in the memory" - Peter Rubery, TEDxyouth@manchester
"Sean's talk about his John O'Groats swim kept an audience of 500 young people and parents enthralled from start to finish. His down to earth manner and can do attitude were truly inspiring and he left many in the audience thinking about how to challenge themselves and achieve something that they didn't think they were capable of." - Matt Morden. Principal Officer. Carmarthenshire DofE Programme