IM 017: Setting Small Goals to Achieve the Extraordinary | Colin O'Brady

Two-time world record holder, Colin O’Brady embodies what it means to overcome obstacles, test limits, dream big, set goals, and never give up. Apply his lessons to your money and anything you do.

Guest Biography

A two-time world record holder, Colin O'Brady has spent the last two decades as an elite endurance athlete.

Raised in Portland, Oregon Colin spent his childhood exploring the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and cultivated a passion for adventure in the outdoors. Colin was a nationally ranked swimmer and youth soccer star. He was recruited to swim at the collegiate varsity level for Yale University where he graduated with a Bachelors in Economics in 2006.

Before beginning what he thought would be a lifelong career in finance, Colin left to explore the world on a backpacking trip. While in Thailand, Colin suffered a tragic accident and was severely burned in a fire. His injuries covered nearly 25% of his body, primarily damaging his legs and feet.

Doctors warned him he might never walk again normally, but Colin was determined to beat the odds. He focused not only on walking again, but set himself a goal: to complete his first triathlon following his recovery. This focus drove his recovery and rehab. A mere 18-months after his accident while working as a commodities trader in Chicago, Colin amazed the racing world when he not only completed his first triathlon, but he placed first overall amateur at the 2009 Chicago Triathlon.

Over the past six years, Colin has raced as a professional triathlete in 25 countries on six continents representing the United States in international triathlon competitions.

With a passion for pushing his body and exploring persevered limits, Colin took on an extraordinary mission. On May 27, 2016 with his project coined BEYOND 7/2, Colin conquered the speed records for the Explorers Grand Slam and Seven Summits; a global mountaineering challenge which includes climbing the tallest mountain on each continent and trekking the last degree of latitude to the North and South Poles.

Colin’s world record feat has been featured by CBS Sunday Morning, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Men's Journal, Outside Magazine,, and TODAY among many other national media outlets.

Colin uses his public platform for charitable good - to inspire kids and their communities to dream big and set goals, while promoting the importance of an active, healthy lifestyle to achieve happiness and success. Colin continues to use his athletic ambitions to make the world a better place.

Show notes:

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How setting goals can lead to incredible outcomes.
  • The importance of good risk management.
  • Why Colin wants to a build something bigger than himself.


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