Recorded on 08/13/2020

Cultivating Resilience: Lessons from Rowing the Atlantic

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Recorded August 13, 2020.

Life is full of unexpected challenges and navigating them can be daunting. When we cannot control our environment, we react and adapt and if we have the right mindset, our reactions can lead to success.

Hear a story of resilience, mindset, and adaptability from Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge champion Max, whose four-man team beat 34 others in the 2019/2020 race across the Atlantic – a challenge that fewer people have completed than have reached the summit of Mount Everest. Enjoy the tales and lessons learned from the 3000-mile journey as he faced life-threatening challenges and overcame obstacles through teamwork, goal-setting, preparation, and mindset. Paralleling the uncertain challenges of a COVID world, these discussions remind us that it’s not always about the end goal; it’s about the journey and lessons learned that make us better, stronger, and more resilient for that next challenge.

Max was a speaker and full-time mentor in our 2019 Launch Generation program and continues to be passionate about educating and coaching the next-generation of leaders.

About Max Breet

Born and raised in Bristol, UK Max spent his youth pursuing a professional rugby career with Bristol RFC Academy. Max completed a BSc Psychology at University of Nottingham before commissioning as an Officer with the Royal Marines Commandos, serving over nine years commanding teams on global operations. Since leaving military service, he has made a seamless transition to Anduril Industries, Inc as their EMEA Operations lead – a hyper-growth start-up based in Irvine, CA principally focused on AI-enabled technologies to augment the U.S. and Allied defense & security communities. From the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2019, Max most valued sharing this challenge against significant adversity with his three close friends while raising over 350,000 GBP for the West London Zone charity. His team (Fortitude IV) placed 1st overall from a fleet of 35 boats and won the race by over 168 nautical miles.

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