This month, Team B2B sat down with endurance athlete and adventurer Sophie Radcliffe.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your world?
In January 2013, I gave it all up to create a new story. I was 27 and running the commercial division at the UK’s fastest growing technology startup. I had everything society told me I should need to feel happy, but I was restless. Four years later, my life has completely changed. I’m an endurance athlete, adventurer and blogger. I have crafted a career around inspiring people to challenge themselves through sport and adventure. I believe that when we challenge ourselves, we strengthen our inner confidence and courage, developing a strong and positive mindset which helps us raise the bar and achieve goals across all areas of life.
What inspires you?
Thinking about the endless possibilities that exist for all of us inspires me. I know many people feel like they can’t do the things they want to do, feel stuck in a rut, or unfulfilled in life and don’t know how to take the next step forward. I spent years going down a path I thought was right for me and every day dreaming of another existence. One day I plucked up the courage to go and explore what that other path could be and it’s been the most incredible journey. I would never have had the confidence and self-belief to do it if wasn’t for what I’ve learned through my endurance challenges.
What can we do to start 2017 on a positive note?
Positivity is all about mindset. What you do affects how you feel and think, it’s all part of one big ecosystem. Look after the small things and they will lead to the big things. Take control of every day changes that you can make, small things like committing to saying no to something sugary once a week or spending 5 minutes a day just to pause and breathe. Do what makes you feel confident and happy and the rest will flow.
What do you look forward to this year?
I’m currently based in the highlands of Scotland which is my happy place. I love the wilderness up there and really crave it when life get’s too busy and hectic in London. I am creating a whole bunch off video, blog and social media content around climbing mountains, adventure sports and wilderness culture.
What’s the best piece of advice you have received and can share?
The night before I quit my job, a close friend said to me “A ship in a harbour is safe, but that’s not what the ship was built for. Go Sailing.”.
Follow Sophie Radcliffe on Instagram – @challengesophie.