Standing on the Summit with Lei Wang

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Standing on the Summit of the world's tallest mountain is amazing. Lei Wang has stood on the summit of 7 of the world's tallest mountains! Today, financial xpert, John Browning, talks with Lei about her adventures and she reveals the top tips she shares with those just starting their adult lives and those who've been up and down their own mountains in life. Lei also shares the idea that it is O.K. and right and good to ASK FOR HELP – It makes you so much stronger. Be sure to listen in especially to the final few minutes of the show where Lei shares an amazing thought to wrap things up. www.Journeywithlei.com

Welcome to the build your life podcastwith John Browning. Build your life as a relaxed and unedited conversation with financialexpert in number one Amazon best selling author, John Browning. John's the founder ofGuardian Rock Wealth and serves clients across the United States. John's the authorof the book build a life, not a portfolio, a guide to yourfinancial future based on your personal values, which you can purchase on Amazon,or stay around to the end of today's show and I'll tell you how toget a free copy mailed right to your door. I'm Michael Delan Your Housefor the next few minutes as we chat with financial expert and business owner JohnBrowning. Hello, everybody, this is John Browning on the building your lifepodcast. It's weekly podcast for those of you who haven't been with us before, and Michael Delan is off today and we have a very special guest withus, lay Wang, and what is amazing about way is that I'm goingto have her explain this because I will mess it up, but not onlyis she a seven, she's, some of the seven times, I think, the only Asian woman to have ever done that, and you'll I can'twait for you to explain that, but also you did the Grand Slam explorers, which I really want you to explain what that is. Bottom line isthat she's also a published author two times. One is called after the summit,right, and the other one is called the yes I can, andyou said it before. Obama said it right exactly. You just get thatclear. Obama got it from lay, not the other way around, right. So I'm super excited about this. Everyone that has listened to the podcastbefore already knows how to get in contact with me. You can visit meat Guardian Rock wealthcom and hit the contact US button and you can get intouch with me, or you can text the word life, l if eata twenty Onezero, ask me anything you want, download my card, watchmy video, whatever you'd like to do. I will pretty much literally talk toanyone if I can add some value or help them in any way.And while we normally kind of focus on the the financial side of things,we really want to concentrate on exactly what the name of this podcast is,which is build your life, not just your portfolio, and I think layis going to share some things with us, some great insights from her life orpast, and what she does as a speaker and a coach. Thatis really going to prove valuable to everyone listening to the podcast today. So, lay, I'm going to ask you to at some point we're going tomake sure people know how to get in contact with you. I know it'sJery any with laycom is your website and there's all sign all kite types ofreally good information on that website. But...

I guess my my first thing isjust sort of introduce yourself and tell us what exactly does it mean to somethat seven times and what exactly is the whole Grand Slam explorer? You gottaexplain this because I think it's fascinating. Thank you, John, but amazingintroduction. So let me explain. What I actually did is caught explorers GrandSlam, that is climbing the highest mountains on each of the seven continents,which normally people cut the seventh summits, and also ski to the Roth Potand a self post. So when I finished, I watch I don't rememberhow many people in the world have done in the before, probably to theabout it that then or so when I finished and I was I think Iwas a fourth women in the world to complete that in. Actually, thatis not what I'm most proud of. The sayings, oh I did itis what I'm proud of. If, actually, I didn't grow up asathlete. I grew up a book nerd. I was a best student all theway. I grew up in China and then you know typical Asian kids, Chinese kids. I am one of them. Oh, I cared aboutwhat. Study, study, study. I am excellent in exams, I'mgreat getting into the best school I can get into, find the best jobI can get to. I can look great on the paper. However,I was never athletic. I never even know there's something you can pursue outsideyour academic study. So that track how I changed my trajection on my life. How I pursue that dream from a point though, with no athletic foundation, no twinning, a pure book nerd to go on that path. That'swhat I would have proud of. I mean, it's amazing anyway. Imean I grew up in West Virginia and for those of you who know WestVirginia and know the difference between the mountains of West Virginia, which we callthe mountains, I think you would probably call them small hills and I rememberwalking up the side of, you know, West Virginia Mountain then. I meanit would take all day and I would be done. I mean Iwas done when I would do something like that. And to Scale Mountain Everest, which has to be several hundred West Virginia or maybe a thousand West Virginiamountains, is just amazing to me. Nothing, not to mention skiing tothe Poles. is just cold, old. That's just down right unbelievably cold,and having spent a lot of my life in Chicago, I think Iknow Colde. I bet you have a...

...whole different definition of cold. Yeah, definitely the coat like need, partly on a trip to Antarctica. That'scold. Level was beyond my every can imagine because I never know. Whatdo you mean by spending all day under forty degrees that you came back andthe way you look like your fund there's a piece of eyes on your faceand then you realize, oh, that part of your face is the proit's got from hides already. You don't feel anything. You can be outsideOh day without knowing. You already got the frost spices in Alex when wewas doing our track to the South Pole for a whole day, eight toten hours walk. Sometimes I just couldn't even stop to drink or eat foranything. Not because we don't have time, because if I stopped to eat anddrink, I cannot warm up again. Then now be get like hyper sermier, gets, like unable to continue. So to have to keep on going, keep on going, until the time to call the day. Youcan hide in your ten and eat and drink. Wow, see. Okay, so that leads to kind of my first question. I know that youhave a lot on your website and you talk about it on in your book. So I think, and I kind of got a little bit of thisbefore, when you said you were kind of the book form and you're theacademic person, maybe that's part of the why. But one has to askyourself why, what drove you to do that? Yeah, that is Ithink the why is a great question and after it's a most important question whenyou to ask ourselves. So when I first started, I would like,there's something wrong with me with this kind of academic background, with it.It's kind of credential on my restlem why you want to abandon your career,try to go climbing. So at that time I asked him why. Iwasn't really clear exactly why. Then, whenever I'm facing the code, facingthe risks of all conduct danger on the mountain, I keep asking myself,why, why are you putting yourself through this? If not like you spendingtime hopping between five star hotels. People see, oh, your own vacation, but come on now, there on take this kind of vacation. Youare suffering, you are like starving, you don't sleep, while you getsick, you're face is Rosen. Yeah, so, like every time, Ias thinking like a people ask me why. I asked myself why too, and even after I finish average, I was still keep passing like awhy? Because the truth is, with at the weak grow the why isa simple question, but the answer is the changing all the time. Soat beginning I was thinking, Oh, maybe this is it. I wasjust thinking, okay, this is my...

...passion. That's why. Then,littron and like, okay, why, you have this passion? Because youhave this education, all the way is studying books, or how you say, you have a passion for climbing mountains. Right, what's the logical sense there? What's the deeper behind it. You can say, yeah, it'sa fun going to the mountain, going to nature, like meditation, likerelaxing, like make you INTROSPEC make you have more time to things, toomany things. That's great. But why? What's deeper behind it? So everyyear I've been asking that why and why? So right now my understandingis we no matter where we are in our life stage, doesn't matter.You are young, you're old, you are people in the school where,you are working in a corporate career track. We're end up when you're down dippingour heart. We all want something exciting. We all seek something exciting, but the exciting of everyone the different. So at that stage, at beginning, I said so excitement is going to have fun in the mountains,physical challenge, seeing the world, like overcoming obstacles. That's exciting. Butlittle does that. More and more deeper in had a heart. Wait,oh, want to do something meaningful, impactful, purposeful. It just howwe connect with that at a different life stage is different. So I encourdAlexi question any card you everyone keep on thinking about why. Everything you aredoing, even the thing you did in ten years ago. Why? Why? I did it? You're going to find a different answers and you're goingto discover new meaning, new purpose for your life. I think you're absolutelyright. I talked to people on a regular basis that have never truly thought, number one, about why, but it really haven't truly thought about whator where they're going. The really interesting statistic that keeps being sort of theydo another pole and the same thing comes up and another pole in this sameanswer comes up that seventy five percent of Americans in the United States have notput together a formal plan for what they want their life to be. Normallyit's talking about a financial plan, but what I always tell people is thetool. That's a tool, right. It's not. It's like, youknow, you use a certain number of and they have very important tools toclimb, say, Mount Everest or, to ski to to the Poles,and money is just that. It's just the tool. But you have toknow how to use it and if you put a if you put skis,if you mean a pair of skis,...

I could I could get somewhere.You know, I'm okay, but I'm nowhere near what this type of skillthat you had to have had and endurance that you had to have had toget to the polls on your skis. So the idea of having an expertor a mentor or coach in your life that has been there, has donethat before, is so important, which is a big part of what youdo, right. You're you're a I know that you're a speaker and youand I've seen some of your speeches, which are awesome, by the way, but a big part of what you do is coaching and executive coaching.Right, tell us a little bit of just a little snippet about what thatis and what that what that means to be a coach. Yeah, definitely. So. Actually, I had no idea about the concept of coaching,like in my path career life, because in the path crew life view tothe follow so called career track, after you greted from college, you shouldget a beginner position. Then you keep on sending the letters. In yourcareer track sound like everything is straightforward, where you just need to someone sponsoryou in your career roles. But the harder part of growth is growing ata person. So doesn't matter. Was Her position your leader in your company, to lead a business, to lead your team. First of all,you lead yourself to lead yourself. It's all about personal growth. So whenI first started pursuing my climbing dream, I had no one guiding me.At the beginning I was lost. I would confuse and struggling, and thenI realize don't people who every time they touched my heart is point out somethingI would overlooking in my personal growth because in my climbing, like foot example, in my training, when I'm not pushing hard enough in my training,actually is my mental weakness. That also reflecting other part of my life,like I shine away from something risky. I was scared of taking a bigstep, not just in my training, also in my personal life. SoI just found that so rebeling, so enlightening when look back at Oh wow, with all those coaches in my climbing career, I wouldn't be able todo the thing I did for the seventh summons and ski to the North Poleand the South Pole. So after I finished my climbing I got into speakingbecause a lot of people to hear what I learned and that realize, Oh, I am someone who speak English at the second language and I'm kind ofshy into word. I'm not the person natural on the stage. There alot of things I need to learn. So I know, based on myexperience in climbing, I know I need the coaches, I need the codeto help me to gain my speaking skills...

...and to be comfortable on the bigstage. And the more I experience coaching, the more I really are how muchthey touched my life, how much they moved me forward. So,as I got more into speaking, I feel one saying now the very satisfyingis when you're speaking on the stage, you get the people applause, youget people say Nice thing about you, you see your face on the biggestscreen, everywhere is all about you. It's great for an EGO. However, most important, most rewarding part of that I feel kind of missing it. I what I liked most is whenever after speaking, someone came to me, emailing me, talking to me in person, telling me what my speechmeant for them, what they did differently because of my speech. That's themoment of Oh wow, nice, see why I'm standing on the stage.What's the payoffs of my effort? So that's what motivated me to get intocoaching, because I want to see the direct impact I can make in people'slife, because that helped me to grow from my climbing, from my speaking, building my business, growing at a person. So that's what motivate inme. I want to do that for adder people. Help leaders grow ata person, as a leader, so you can lead your team, needyour business to the best. I find the same exact thing where you knowif I'm if I'm speaking in front a group of people, it's really niceright everybody's generally speaking, people are polite, they like what you have say.Get great reactions, but what really gets my juices blowing, so tospeak, is when somebody says I really like this. Nor want to tellyou that they were listening to what you were saying. HMM. But alsoyou really made an impact right then and they impacted them enough that they toldyou about it. And a lot of times what that turns into is isagain a coaching relationship or a relationship where I help them build their life intheir portfolio and and it literally, not to be melodramatic, but it literallycan change their life for the better. HMM. So that's that. Reallyis it for for me to is the the charge and the feeling that youget from seeing somebody move forward, and I actually just recently done that witha couple of younger people that I'm working with. People think that financial advisorsonly work with old people, right, like myself, I'm getting getting thatright. But I really enjoy working with young people too, and so I'vegot an eighteen year old, I've got some twenty something year olds that Ireally enjoy just coaching and they don't have...

...much of a portfolio yet, butthey're learning and they're driven to want to do better and build their best lifefrom the beginning and they build that foundation. So it's a lot of fun andI know that some of them because that's part of my coaching program asI have them listened to this podcast. So what I would really love isif you could say something to the twenty something, those professional young professionals thatare just getting out there, just getting started and want to build their bestlife. What are like the top one, two three things that you would sayto them as as far as how can they get started and build theirbest life? Yeah, that's a good question. At having off of thethinking like what's the difference between people what twenty years old verse the people whohave forty or fifty years old? So I could reflect on my own life. Like I remember, I think I bet most people in twenty I tofeel fairnest. You feel you have a lot of time. You feel youhad the big future ahead of you. However, you also don't know what'sthe possibility ahead of you. You know you have a big future, butyou don't know actually that future is boundless. There's no limit to how hard,how high you can reach. But we didn't know. We didn't gofor that. Instead, we followed a device from our parents, from ourschool, from people in ahead of you on the corporate ladder. You seethat at the track you follow. You didn't think beyond what is possible.So that was my life before I started this dream. I was graduated fromboard and with the MBA in finance and started my job investment management. Iwas leaving the high life lot back being Boston. That I'll believing the typicallife that the people think that's a great life. I never saw what wasmissing until I just luckily hit this dreams of climbing that's made me start tosink climbing. What is the climbing for someone who had an MBA, whohad this well paid the job, this lifestyle? What does that mean whyyou want to go climbing? That I realized in my past life. Oh, I have done with the following the track. They don't by other peopleclimbing opened up another possibility for me to ask what do I really want?Because when the climbing you man hit me and am I like why, howdid this happen that nobody even hint in my life that you should think aboutthe climbing? You should think about something beyond the corporate life thing, aboutsomething beyond your traditional education. I never thought about it. So that openmy mind to say, okay, the WHO said I cannot, it's noton my laid out on my track?...

But who said I should not eventry, should not consider? So I encourage myself to take that step becauseI realize when we're young, which sing something I had of us, webased our past twenty years, twenty five years, experiences to decide how tomake that decision, which is really hard. So that time I would just patmyself on the shoulder if I had a smart idea. So, okay, I don't know how to decide my career track or climbing with all theres a education behind me. But if I am eighty years old right now. Look back my life. What would I say to that twenty five yearsold, to that cirtain years old, what it's biggest miss? Should youjust stay here, collected the paycheck, not knowing what you are doing inthe following other people, or you should explore something unknown, something may bescared, worry, but for some reason call to your heart that you singer, you have a passionate. You know. So sure she do. Try toimplore that one out. That's it. Okay, that pretty clear. Becausewhen I would young, twenty five, thirty years old, if I keepup my current position, I know I'm smart, I can learn,I can work hard, I can come back. If turned out my dreamwas illusion, I should come back my career to I still have time topursue that. However, if I would run the other way, which mightdream, is my real passion, I didn't pursue, only time I'm gonnabe able to reveal that would be when I'm seventy eighty years old, lyingin on a chair, basing a song and looking by my lap. Oh, I wish I had tried when I would be young. So I wouldsay to the young people, if you think something sparks in your heart,in lighting you some way, go try it, because you have so muchfuture ahead of you. There's so bounded a possibilities. Go try it.You can afford to try something unknown, something risky. Go try it.I love that. But that that is fantastic. I'M gonna I'M gonna cutthat out and I'm going to make sure that all of my twenty somethings tothirty, you know, right around in there, that they that they listento that, maybe even with me in the room. Be because I wantto make sure they get all that. That was great. Now, alongthose same lines, though, you know, I chat with some people that aresay I if you know, and they're they're just hitting fifty, maybethey're in their s and and they feel like things are impossible. You know, I've gotten so far behind there. There's all sorts of excuses right thatwe tell ourselves and our mindset just goes, goes the wrong direction and we don'tthink we can we can set those...

...impossible goals. I know you talkedabout setting in possible goals. It's when your when of your kind of things, but what would you say to somebody kind of in that age group.Maybe in there, maybe they've turned fifty, fifty two, fifty three, andthey're feeling a little bit like adults. Too late, I can't do anythingabout this. What would you say to that? Yeah, so forright now. I'm much later in my life now. So, but sometimesyou'll face a similar kind out questions like, oh, there's something interesting, shouldI tried or not? Oh, I want to leave me a differentplace. I want to try different kind of career track or different business.Start a new operation your business. Should I try it? A lot oftime we're going to Oh, I know a lot of people know. Ihave mortgage behind me, I have kids going to school and I have alreadytwenty years seeing my career and I only have ten years that I can goretire and everything. So I have a lot of thing to lose if Itry something. You try something risky. So what is holding us back atthat time? It's not. You don't know their possibility. You should exploreif we have fear because we have the sun. Cost you fear? Ifyou take this step, you couldn't lose a lot. But the thing isthe past twenty years, certain years, yes, little great foundation, butjust like a financial portfolio. Past history doesn't predict future profit. Profitability rightbetter. And the matter how good your profolio was performing for the past twenty, thirty years? Oh, it's matters. What's your investment decision today, toinvestment in your portfolio, investment in your life? Decision you are makingtoday, how that will affect tomorrow? So if this decision going to makeyour next ten years better, doesn't matter. That's different from what you have beendoing for the pattern the years. You should take that. I cangive you a very small timey example. I fast in just like past fewyears. So I have lived in Boston for more than fifteen years and whenI first moved to Boston, I told myself it's a great city. Iwant to leave here for ten years, that I want to go to westcoast, I want to explore the world. However, I lived there after tenyears, I was still there, asking myself, you said you goingto stay here for ten years, while I still here? Oh yeah,I have this many friends. I want to spend them one more year withthis great circles of friends. Oh, I want to check out the morethat resources Bouton have to offer. All their more thing, I you finishingbutton. So I kept at procrastinating, didn't take the action. The feethat I get sick on myself. What exactly going on? Why are youstill here, you'll say, going to move by you're not a movie.Oh Yeah, happy xuses. Because I don't know where to move, becausewe're to move. Yes, hard to...

...make a decision. Also, it'sscary because I have all my friend in Bous and I have all the connectioninvolved. If I moved to a new place a starting from scratch, Idon't know anyone. How I'm going to build my circle of friends support,which is super important, and also harm going to build my business from noconnection again. So that does sounds scary. That ask myself. Well, whenyou came to United States at the twenty years old, you had nomoney, no family, no one, you know nothing. You're just flewinto the airport, landed and went to the school with no money. Whyyou didn't act to you a question that time. And Yeah, what's thedifference between one and the twenty, one and forty? There's no difference.Only thing it's the fear in your head. So I say, okay, ifI'm twenty years old right now, I say I want to go toWest coat to explore that, I just pick up my bag and go.I would then they what's wrong with being fully now, why you cannot go? All right now, it's kills this. So I kick myself out of myhome. If I travel, I put everything into storage. I closedthe apartment, everything. So after I came back from one trip, Igot back to boxe Rella. I don't have a home. Oh, Ican go to it are B and b the Oh, okay, the airbeing be cannot be a prominent home. Do we come stay here forever?So go somewhere else. So I should have to start driving out west.So that high landed in Seattle and the world open that by discover the greatnorthwest, the mountains and gorgeous whether the terrain, people I made, thenew connections and your friends, life, getting a new start and the refreshing. So that's the same for everything else. It is scary. It's partly whenyou're older. Is Scary to take the first step into something unknown.But that opened up in new possibilities and also, as do you get older, you're wiser, you know you it's okay to I for help. Sothat's why, like a coach, and that's why I love coaching. Likehelping people. So you feel free. If I help the people who havebeen through that path can support you and you have the wisdom behind you andplus a courage. Now you're going to be trajecting into the new future evenfaster. I love that last part. When you when you get older,you start to realize that it's okay to ask for oh and how much strongerare you if you have somebody else's experience and wisdom intertwined with yours, andand then you add maybe another and another and another. How much stronger doyou become as an individual? Like you said, you probably had several coaches, not just one, when you're climbing and when you're getting ready to goto the Poles and all that. So...

I have absolutely loved this podcast.I know we got to get going here. I know your time is valuable.I want to do this again, though, because there's like everything.So that Willy questions that I want to add to this, but I thoughtI always try and keep this these short, sweet and and valuable for people.So if people need to contact you, if they want to contact you foryou the coaching or speaking or just to chat with you for a littlebit. How is the best way for them to do that? Well,please check on my website. Journey was latecom lay spelled Ali, so thatjourney with ally ICOM and in my email if late. All, Ye,I act. Journey was latecom. I'm happy to offer the audience on thispuff cut of free coaching session to get you started and also check out howgroup programs and I'm going to have a new year's early start, both campto help you get started out. Two Thousand and twenty two on the rightfoot. Oh love that. Okay, all right, and that's what's Nice. You and I both will talk to kind of anybody and we'll give youa taste of what what coaching is and what it's like, and so you'llunderstand why it can be or how it can be so incredibly valuable. Andso I'm looking forward to people seeing this, coming to you and getting some good, solid wisdom of life, and I'm looking forward to doing this again, like I we've got to definitely I love this. At least one moretime, maybe several. Thank you and the May I just add a guyyou imagined. A lot of people don't really understand what's a battle of coaching? I don't have a simple eplanation. So when I was the speaking,people will say, I'm so inspired, I'm so motivated. What coaching doesis make you do things, to take action get result. So I don'twant to people just say I mean inspired, it's really amazing. I want peopleto tell me this what I'm going to do and this would a result. I know that going to get. So coaching it. What move doyou get? You the action. That's why coaching works. Well, I'mreally glad you added that, because a lot I'm going to steal some ofthat explanation because that that's that's exactly right. You know, and I when Ispeak in front of a group, right, you get that right,like Oh, this is great, I'm I'm going to do this, butdoes anybody ever actually do it? And maybe a few, but the coachingis well, how do you do that? And in keeping up the effort andactually doing the execution, because a plan or or an inspiration is that'sall it is. The result comes only when you execute, only when youtake action, and that's what coaching is...

...exactly. And I may steal aline from someone, I don't recoll with it. It's say if knowledge canmake you rich, everyone will be rich on this planet because you have plentyof books information online. You can read any informating to fund anything on that. Why it is not everyone rich? Why it is not a want successful? Because you need to take a real action. That what coaching gives youto do. Yeah, exactly. That's fantastic. Thank you so much forfor taking the time out and being on the build your life podcast, andwe will do this again. Thank you. I love this. All right,we'll see everybody next week on the build your life podcast with John Growingand have a great week. Money really is a big part of our livesand John Browning can help you and your family learn how to keep money inthe proper perspective. It's important, but it's only a tool that can helpyou build the life that you want. If you like John Emil, youa free copy of his book build a life, not a portfolio. Goto John's website, Guardian Rock wealthcom, and click the contact to US linkand send your request. John Will Mell a copy of his book right toyour door absolutely free. Thanks for listening to building your life podcast with JohnBrowning. Be Sure to subscribe to this podcast so each new episode will besent to you automagically when it's released. Have a terrific day. Nothing inthis podcast should be construed as personal investment advice and past performance is no guaranteeof future results. Investing is not appropriate for everyone. There is a riskof loss associated with investing in the markets. No representation or implication is being madethat using any methodology or system will generate profits or insure freedom from losses. Please remember that investing carries risk. Guardian Rock Wealth LLC and it's affiliatesare fiduciary investment advisors. Please consult with US or another experienced qualified investment advisorbefore making any investment decisions and or trying to implement any of the strategies andtactics we may discuss in any of our publications or podcasts.

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