Matt Dawson. Where do we even begin? To start, he’s badass. He’s dedicated his life to pushing himself past his mental and physical limits, and to inspire others to conquer their own challenges with the same motivation and mindset. He emphasizes how we ourselves are the biggest hindrance to conquering our goals, and if you truly unleash the beast, you can conquer anything.
“I can’t tell you how many times I've been on a mountain or rowing, and I see in the corner of my eye that Green Monster Claw. It reminds me that isn't about me, and that I’m a part of something larger.”
In 2016, Matt Dawson was the managing director of an investment bank and lost two extremely important people in his life: his mom and his girlfriend. After the devastating losses, he knew it was time for a change. So, he packed up and traveled to Nepal and spent three weeks hiking around the Mount Everest region. On this trip, his life was changed. An energy came over him, “I heard it with every fiber and cell in my being, and it said two things: One, you’re not living with a sense of purpose. Two, your life is only about you. I knew in that moment, that my life had changed forever.”
Flash forward two years, Dawson continued to work and climb as much as possible, still searching for how to make his life’s purpose a reality. On Mount Elbrus in Russia, Dawson purpose finally came to light. He wanted to start an organization to create large scale global expeditions where viewers can draw parallels and identify the mountains in their life and use Dawson’s example to motivate and apply themselves to overcome their challenge. From there, Dawsons Peak was born.
Dawson was ready to be pushed outside of his comfort zone and challenged in areas where he didn't have expertise. “A lot of times when you watch people trying to do big things, they are athletes who have done things like this for 20 - 30 years. A lot of people sit there and think ‘Yeah, that's cool, but I could never do that.’ But me, being a 40-year-old investment banker with no experience whatsoever in some of these things, it removes that excuse and makes it more relatable to people so they can say ‘Hey, if this guy can do it, then maybe I can do it too.’”
SEVEN WORLD RECORDS
Dawson is attempting to break seven world records which include: The Explorers Grand Slam (summiting the seven highest peaks in each continent and reaching the two poles), rowing across the Atlantic Ocean, traversing the Mojave Desert, and a global circumnavigation flight.