As business leaders, we must always find inspiration in our daily lives if we hope to inspire others.

Word-record holder Martin Parnell is a person who actively seeks inspiration rather than waiting for it. He has climbed the world’s tallest mountains, run marathons that cover inconceivable distances on foot, and raised over a million dollars for charity.

Martin visited us twice before in the Meeting Leadership Podcast, in episodes 043 and 056 (links to these episodes are below). In episode #076, we cover another inspiring story about a marathon runner in Afghanistan who inspired Martin himself.

It’s truly a gift whenever we get to interview a real-life inspiration story like Martin, and this episode is a glimpse into how he finds his own motivation to be great.

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Martin Parnell 

In 2010, following a 25-year mining career, Martin Parnell started his "Quests for Kids" initiative. Over the next five years he completed 10 "Quests". These included running 250 marathons in one year, setting five Guinness World Records in endurance events and summiting Mount Kilimanjaro in 21 hours. At the end of 2014, he had raised over $1.3m for the humanitarian organization Right To Play and 27,000 children had been given the gift of hope.

Martin's first book "MARATHON QUEST" was published by Rocky Mountain Books and CBC Radio listed him as one of Alberta's top five authors, for 2014. His second book, “RUNNING TO THE EDGE”, was released in November 2016. The final book of The Marathon Trilogy, “THE SECRET MARATHON-Empowering women and girls in Afghanistan through sport” was published on October 30th 2018.

Through keynotes and workshops, Martin shares his message of having a “Finish the Race Attitude – Setting goals and overcoming obstacles to unlock your potential”. 

He is married to Sue, and has three children and three grandchildren.

You Can get in touch with Martin Parnell at - http://www.martinparnell.com/home/

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