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The 12-Hour Walk

Invest One Day, Conquer Your Mind, and Unlock Your Best Life

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About The Book

“A master class in athleticism, resilience, and human potential.” —Hoda Kotb, Today

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Impossible First, an inspiring blend of riveting adventure stories and life-changing wisdom that teaches us how to embark on a transformative one-day journey that will unlock our best lives.

Millions of people dream of living a more fulfilling life, yet many settle for a life of comfortable complacency, allowing excuses and negative thoughts to invade their minds. I don’t have enough time…I don’t have enough money…I’m afraid to fail...I don’t have what it takes—we allow these limiting beliefs to control us.

Now, The 12-Hour Walk provides the inspiration—and catalyst—for getting unstuck and realizing your full potential. Featuring life lessons from explorer, endurance athlete, and entrepreneur Colin O’Brady—whose adventures in such extreme places as Antarctica and the perilous Drake Passage and on the peaks of Mount Everest and K2 have seen him establish ten world records—this book’s vivid narrative and powerful insight will show you how you can embark on your own life-changing journey.

With Colin as your guide, The 12-Hour Walk asks you to invest one day in yourself. By walking alone, unplugging, listening to the voice within, and rewriting the limiting beliefs etched into your psyche, you can break free of the patterns holding you back and learn how to cultivate a “Possible Mindset”—an empowered way of thinking that unlocks a life of limitless possibilities. The reward: being the hero of your own destiny.

About The Author

Steve Olpin

Colin O’Brady is a ten-time world record breaking explorer, New York Times bestselling author of The Impossible First, speaker, entrepreneur, and expert on mindset. His mission: sharing his hard-earned wisdom to empower others to conquer their minds and unlock their best lives. Colin’s highly publicized expeditions have been followed by millions and his work has been featured in the The New York Times and Forbes and on The Tonight Show, the BBC, The Joe Rogan Experience, and NBC’s Today. His feats include the world’s first solo, unsupported, and fully human-powered crossing of Antarctica, speed records for the Explorers Grand Slam and the Seven Summits, and the first human-powered ocean row across Drake Passage. He regularly speaks on mindset and high performance at Fortune 100 companies such as Nike, Google, and Amazon and at top universities including Harvard, Yale, and UPenn. His TEDx talk has nearly 3 million views. He’s also the cofounder of 29029 Everesting. Native to the Pacific Northwest, he now lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with his wife, Jenna Besaw, and their dog, Jack. Engage with Colin and his work @ColinOBrady or at Visit and Instagram @12HourWalk, and download the 12HourWalk app to join the movement!

Product Details

  • Publisher: Scribner (August 2, 2022)
  • Length: 256 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781982133160

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Raves and Reviews

“The book seeks to inspire 10 million people to conquer their own life-changing, 12-hour walk, and we’re pretty sure you’ll be sold on the premise from chapter one.”
—Men’s Journal

"Intriguing...O’Brady’s extreme expeditions are inspiring; he’s climbed Everest twice and holds several world records. He writes about most of them in The 12 Hour Walk, making this book not only appealing to self-help readers but also a gripping read for adrenaline junkies and armchair travelers."

“What explains Colin O’Brady’s superhuman accomplishments? In replaying some of his most harrowing moments, The 12-Hour Walk provides intriguing answers. What’s more, it’s full of insights and inspiration that can help you unlock your own best self.”
—Mark Parker, Executive Chairman of Nike Inc. and former CEO

“Colin O’Brady is a fountain of inspiration. The 12-Hour Walk reminds us that every great achievement starts with a strong mindset. When we spend time alone, we can access our intuition and our deepest thoughts. Those thoughts are the fuel that tell us we can go the distance. We just have to listen.”
—Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx, Selected as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People

“Colin’s inspiring book is a powerful reminder that by believing in ourselves and changing our mindset we’re capable of achieving anything we set our mind to.”
—Kayla Itsines, co-creator of workout app Sweat

“A must read…If you’re looking for mental clarity, add The 12-Hour Walk to your tool kit…Take the Walk and you’ll be on your way toward vibrant health.”
—Dr. Mark Hyman, author of fourteen New York Times bestsellers

For The Impossible First:

“An incredibly engaging and well-written account of one man’s quest to cross the world’s harshest and most barren continent unassisted . . . you care as much about the man as the mission.”
The Wall Street Journal

“O'Brady is a confident, crafty storyteller…This inner saga works hand in hand with the physical challenges to make for a full tapestry of remarkable experience. A brutally sublime tale of derring-do that transports as well as teaches.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Harrowing… An unforgettable memoir of perseverance, survival, daring to dream big, and showing the world how to make the impossible possible.”
Booklist (Starred Review)

“A jaw-dropping tale of passion and perseverance…If your dreams sometimes seem beset by doubts in equal measure, read this book. It will tip the balance.”
—Angela Duckworth, author of Grit

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