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 podcast with John Browning. Build your life as a relaxed and unedited conversation with financial expert in number one Amazon best selling author, John Browning. John's the founder of Guardian Rock Wealth and serves clients across the United States. John's the author of the book build a life, not a portfolio, a guide to your financial 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 to get a free copy mailed right to your door. I'm Michael Delan Your House for the next few minutes as we chat with financial expert and business owner John Browning. Hello, everybody, this is John Browning on the building your life podcast. 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 with us, lay Wang, and what is amazing about way is that I'm going to have her explain this because I will mess it up, but not only is 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't wait 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 is that 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, and you said it before. Obama said it right exactly. You just get that clear. Obama got it from lay, not the other way around, right. So I'm super excited about this. Everyone that has listened to the podcast before already knows how to get in contact with me. You can visit me at Guardian Rock wealthcom and hit the contact US button and you can get in touch with me, or you can text the word life, l if eat a twenty Onezero, ask me anything you want, download my card, watch my video, whatever you'd like to do. I will pretty much literally talk to anyone 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 lay is going to share some things with us, some great insights from her life or past, and what she does as a speaker and a coach. That is 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 to make sure people know how to get in contact with you. I know it's Jery any with laycom is your website and there's all sign all kite types of really good information on that website. But...

I guess my my first thing is just sort of introduce yourself and tell us what exactly does it mean to some that seven times and what exactly is the whole Grand Slam explorer? You gotta explain this because I think it's fascinating. Thank you, John, but amazing introduction. So let me explain. What I actually did is caught explorers Grand Slam, 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 Pot and a self post. So when I finished, I watch I don't remember how many people in the world have done in the before, probably to the about it that then or so when I finished and I was I think I was a fourth women in the world to complete that in. Actually, that is not what I'm most proud of. The sayings, oh I did it is what I'm proud of. If, actually, I didn't grow up as athlete. I grew up a book nerd. I was a best student all the way. I grew up in China and then you know typical Asian kids, Chinese kids. I am one of them. Oh, I cared about what. Study, study, study. I am excellent in exams, I'm great getting into the best school I can get into, find the best job I 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 outside your 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's what I would have proud of. I mean, it's amazing anyway. I mean I grew up in West Virginia and for those of you who know West Virginia and know the difference between the mountains of West Virginia, which we call the mountains, I think you would probably call them small hills and I remember walking up the side of, you know, West Virginia Mountain then. I mean it would take all day and I would be done. I mean I was 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 Virginia mountains, is just amazing to me. Nothing, not to mention skiing to the Poles. is just cold, old. That's just down right unbelievably cold, and having spent a lot of my life in Chicago, I think I know Colde. I bet you have a...

...whole different definition of cold. Yeah, definitely the coat like need, partly on a trip to Antarctica. That's cold. Level was beyond my every can imagine because I never know. What do you mean by spending all day under forty degrees that you came back and the way you look like your fund there's a piece of eyes on your face and then you realize, oh, that part of your face is the pro it's got from hides already. You don't feel anything. You can be outside Oh day without knowing. You already got the frost spices in Alex when we was doing our track to the South Pole for a whole day, eight to ten hours walk. Sometimes I just couldn't even stop to drink or eat for anything. Not because we don't have time, because if I stopped to eat and drink, 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. You can hide in your ten and eat and drink. Wow, see. Okay, so that leads to kind of my first question. I know that you have 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 this before, when you said you were kind of the book form and you're the academic person, maybe that's part of the why. But one has to ask yourself why, what drove you to do that? Yeah, that is I think the why is a great question and after it's a most important question when you 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. I wasn't really clear exactly why. Then, whenever I'm facing the code, facing the risks of all conduct danger on the mountain, I keep asking myself, why, why are you putting yourself through this? If not like you spending time hopping between five star hotels. People see, oh, your own vacation, but come on now, there on take this kind of vacation. You are suffering, you are like starving, you don't sleep, while you get sick, you're face is Rosen. Yeah, so, like every time, I as thinking like a people ask me why. I asked myself why too, and even after I finish average, I was still keep passing like a why? Because the truth is, with at the weak grow the why is a simple question, but the answer is the changing all the time. So at beginning I was thinking, Oh, maybe this is it. I was just thinking, okay, this is my...

...passion. That's why. Then, littron and like, okay, why, you have this passion? Because you have 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's a fun going to the mountain, going to nature, like meditation, like relaxing, like make you INTROSPEC make you have more time to things, too many things. That's great. But why? What's deeper behind it? So every year I've been asking that why and why? So right now my understanding is 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 dipping our 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. But little does that. More and more deeper in had a heart. Wait, oh, want to do something meaningful, impactful, purposeful. It just how we connect with that at a different life stage is different. So I encourd Alexi question any card you everyone keep on thinking about why. Everything you are doing, 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 going to discover new meaning, new purpose for your life. I think you're absolutely right. 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 what or where they're going. The really interesting statistic that keeps being sort of they do another pole and the same thing comes up and another pole in this same answer comes up that seventy five percent of Americans in the United States have not put together a formal plan for what they want their life to be. Normally it's talking about a financial plan, but what I always tell people is the tool. That's a tool, right. It's not. It's like, you know, you use a certain number of and they have very important tools to climb, say, Mount Everest or, to ski to to the Poles, and money is just that. It's just the tool. But you have to know 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 skill that you had to have had and endurance that you had to have had to get to the polls on your skis. So the idea of having an expert or a mentor or coach in your life that has been there, has done that before, is so important, which is a big part of what you do, right. You're you're a I know that you're a speaker and you and 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 that is 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 to the follow so called career track, after you greted from college, you should get a beginner position. Then you keep on sending the letters. In your career track sound like everything is straightforward, where you just need to someone sponsor you in your career roles. But the harder part of growth is growing at a 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 when I first started pursuing my climbing dream, I had no one guiding me. At the beginning I was lost. I would confuse and struggling, and then I realize don't people who every time they touched my heart is point out something I 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 big step, not just in my training, also in my personal life. So I 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 to do the thing I did for the seventh summons and ski to the North Pole and the South Pole. So after I finished my climbing I got into speaking because 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 of shy into word. I'm not the person natural on the stage. There a lot of things I need to learn. So I know, based on my experience in climbing, I know I need the coaches, I need the code to help me to gain my speaking skills...

...and to be comfortable on the big stage. And the more I experience coaching, the more I really are how much they touched my life, how much they moved me forward. So, as I got more into speaking, I feel one saying now the very satisfying is when you're speaking on the stage, you get the people applause, you get people say Nice thing about you, you see your face on the biggest screen, 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 speech meant for them, what they did differently because of my speech. That's the moment 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 into coaching, because I want to see the direct impact I can make in people's life, because that helped me to grow from my climbing, from my speaking, building my business, growing at a person. So that's what motivate in me. I want to do that for adder people. Help leaders grow at a person, as a leader, so you can lead your team, need your business to the best. I find the same exact thing where you know if I'm if I'm speaking in front a group of people, it's really nice right everybody's generally speaking, people are polite, they like what you have say. Get great reactions, but what really gets my juices blowing, so to speak, is when somebody says I really like this. Nor want to tell you that they were listening to what you were saying. HMM. But also you really made an impact right then and they impacted them enough that they told you about it. And a lot of times what that turns into is is again a coaching relationship or a relationship where I help them build their life in their portfolio and and it literally, not to be melodramatic, but it literally can change their life for the better. HMM. So that's that. Really is it for for me to is the the charge and the feeling that you get from seeing somebody move forward, and I actually just recently done that with a couple of younger people that I'm working with. People think that financial advisors only work with old people, right, like myself, I'm getting getting that right. But I really enjoy working with young people too, and so I've got an eighteen year old, I've got some twenty something year olds that I really enjoy just coaching and they don't have...

...much of a portfolio yet, but they're learning and they're driven to want to do better and build their best life from the beginning and they build that foundation. So it's a lot of fun and I know that some of them because that's part of my coaching program as I have them listened to this podcast. So what I would really love is if you could say something to the twenty something, those professional young professionals that are just getting out there, just getting started and want to build their best life. What are like the top one, two three things that you would say to them as as far as how can they get started and build their best life? Yeah, that's a good question. At having off of the thinking like what's the difference between people what twenty years old verse the people who have 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 to feel fairnest. You feel you have a lot of time. You feel you had the big future ahead of you. However, you also don't know what's the possibility ahead of you. You know you have a big future, but you 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 go for that. Instead, we followed a device from our parents, from our school, from people in ahead of you on the corporate ladder. You see that 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 from board and with the MBA in finance and started my job investment management. I was leaving the high life lot back being Boston. That I'll believing the typical life that the people think that's a great life. I never saw what was missing until I just luckily hit this dreams of climbing that's made me start to sink climbing. What is the climbing for someone who had an MBA, who had this well paid the job, this lifestyle? What does that mean why you 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 people climbing 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, how did this happen that nobody even hint in my life that you should think about the climbing? You should think about something beyond the corporate life thing, about something beyond your traditional education. I never thought about it. So that open my mind to say, okay, the WHO said I cannot, it's not on my laid out on my track?...

But who said I should not even try, should not consider? So I encourage myself to take that step because I realize when we're young, which sing something I had of us, we based our past twenty years, twenty five years, experiences to decide how to make that decision, which is really hard. So that time I would just pat myself 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 the res 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 years old, to that cirtain years old, what it's biggest miss? Should you just stay here, collected the paycheck, not knowing what you are doing in the following other people, or you should explore something unknown, something may be scared, worry, but for some reason call to your heart that you singer, you have a passionate. You know. So sure she do. Try to implore that one out. That's it. Okay, that pretty clear. Because when I would young, twenty five, thirty years old, if I keep up my current position, I know I'm smart, I can learn, I can work hard, I can come back. If turned out my dream was illusion, I should come back my career to I still have time to pursue that. However, if I would run the other way, which might dream, is my real passion, I didn't pursue, only time I'm gonna be able to reveal that would be when I'm seventy eighty years old, lying in on a chair, basing a song and looking by my lap. Oh, I wish I had tried when I would be young. So I would say to the young people, if you think something sparks in your heart, in lighting you some way, go try it, because you have so much future 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 cut that out and I'm going to make sure that all of my twenty somethings to thirty, you know, right around in there, that they that they listen to that, maybe even with me in the room. Be because I want to make sure they get all that. That was great. Now, along those same lines, though, you know, I chat with some people that are say I if you know, and they're they're just hitting fifty, maybe they'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 that we tell ourselves and our mindset just goes, goes the wrong direction and we don't think we can we can set those...

...impossible goals. I know you talked about 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, and they're feeling a little bit like adults. Too late, I can't do anything about this. What would you say to that? Yeah, so for right now. I'm much later in my life now. So, but sometimes you'll face a similar kind out questions like, oh, there's something interesting, should I tried or not? Oh, I want to leave me a different place. I want to try different kind of career track or different business. Start a new operation your business. Should I try it? A lot of time we're going to Oh, I know a lot of people know. I have mortgage behind me, I have kids going to school and I have already twenty years seeing my career and I only have ten years that I can go retire and everything. So I have a lot of thing to lose if I try something. You try something risky. So what is holding us back at that time? It's not. You don't know their possibility. You should explore if we have fear because we have the sun. Cost you fear? If you take this step, you couldn't lose a lot. But the thing is the past twenty years, certain years, yes, little great foundation, but just like a financial portfolio. Past history doesn't predict future profit. Profitability right better. 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, to investment in your portfolio, investment in your life? Decision you are making today, how that will affect tomorrow? So if this decision going to make your next ten years better, doesn't matter. That's different from what you have been doing for the pattern the years. You should take that. I can give you a very small timey example. I fast in just like past few years. So I have lived in Boston for more than fifteen years and when I first moved to Boston, I told myself it's a great city. I want to leave here for ten years, that I want to go to west coast, I want to explore the world. However, I lived there after ten years, I was still there, asking myself, you said you going to stay here for ten years, while I still here? Oh yeah, I have this many friends. I want to spend them one more year with this great circles of friends. Oh, I want to check out the more that resources Bouton have to offer. All their more thing, I you finishing button. So I kept at procrastinating, didn't take the action. The fee that I get sick on myself. What exactly going on? Why are you still 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, because we're to move. Yes, hard to...

...make a decision. Also, it's scary because I have all my friend in Bous and I have all the connection involved. If I moved to a new place a starting from scratch, I don'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 no connection again. So that does sounds scary. That ask myself. Well, when you came to United States at the twenty years old, you had no money, no family, no one, you know nothing. You're just flew into the airport, landed and went to the school with no money. Why you didn't act to you a question that time. And Yeah, what's the difference 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, if I'm twenty years old right now, I say I want to go to West 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 my home. If I travel, I put everything into storage. I closed the apartment, everything. So after I came back from one trip, I got back to boxe Rella. I don't have a home. Oh, I can go to it are B and b the Oh, okay, the air being 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 great northwest, the mountains and gorgeous whether the terrain, people I made, the new 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 when you'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. So that's why, like a coach, and that's why I love coaching. Like helping people. So you feel free. If I help the people who have been through that path can support you and you have the wisdom behind you and plus a courage. Now you're going to be trajecting into the new future even faster. 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 stronger are you if you have somebody else's experience and wisdom intertwined with yours, and and then you add maybe another and another and another. How much stronger do you 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 go to 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 thought I 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 for you the coaching or speaking or just to chat with you for a little bit. How is the best way for them to do that? Well, please check on my website. Journey was latecom lay spelled Ali, so that journey with ally ICOM and in my email if late. All, Ye, I act. Journey was latecom. I'm happy to offer the audience on this puff cut of free coaching session to get you started and also check out how group programs and I'm going to have a new year's early start, both camp to help you get started out. Two Thousand and twenty two on the right foot. 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 you a taste of what what coaching is and what it's like, and so you'll understand why it can be or how it can be so incredibly valuable. And so 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 more time, maybe several. Thank you and the May I just add a guy you 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 does is make you do things, to take action get result. So I don't want to people just say I mean inspired, it's really amazing. I want people to 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 do you get? You the action. That's why coaching works. Well, I'm really glad you added that, because a lot I'm going to steal some of that explanation because that that's that's exactly right. You know, and I when I speak in front of a group, right, you get that right, like Oh, this is great, I'm I'm going to do this, but does anybody ever actually do it? And maybe a few, but the coaching is well, how do you do that? And in keeping up the effort and actually doing the execution, because a plan or or an inspiration is that's all it is. The result comes only when you execute, only when you take action, and that's what coaching is...

...exactly. And I may steal a line from someone, I don't recoll with it. It's say if knowledge can make you rich, everyone will be rich on this planet because you have plenty of 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 you to do. Yeah, exactly. That's fantastic. Thank you so much for for taking the time out and being on the build your life podcast, and we 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 Growing and have a great week. Money really is a big part of our lives and John Browning can help you and your family learn how to keep money in the proper perspective. It's important, but it's only a tool that can help you build the life that you want. If you like John Emil, you a free copy of his book build a life, not a portfolio. Go to John's website, Guardian Rock wealthcom, and click the contact to US link and send your request. John Will Mell a copy of his book right to your door absolutely free. Thanks for listening to building your life podcast with John Browning. Be Sure to subscribe to this podcast so each new episode will be sent to you automagically when it's released. Have a terrific day. Nothing in this podcast should be construed as personal investment advice and past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investing is not appropriate for everyone. There is a risk of loss associated with investing in the markets. No representation or implication is being made that 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 affiliates are fiduciary investment advisors. Please consult with US or another experienced qualified investment advisor before making any investment decisions and or trying to implement any of the strategies and tactics we may discuss in any of our publications or podcasts.

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