Did you know there is an athlete who swam 110 miles (177 km) non-stop while avoiding sharks and deadly stinging Box Jellyfish? It might sound like a feat for a young, daring Iron Man.

But in fact, it was Ms. Diana Nyad, age 64, who claims this historic swim from Cuba to Florida!

Diana Nyad’s scars from Box Jellyfish Venomous stings. Source: NY Times

She has a fascinating story to tell us, and the gift of an insight we could all use every day.

Find a way!

Let’s dive into this inspiring story:

There are only 12 people in history who have swum 48 hours straight. Diana is the only person to swim 49 hours continuously. The most revealing part is that she was 64 years old when she accomplished this.

What does this say about possibility?

What does it say about the wisdom and hardened perseverance we can gain through life, and then have access to when we are “seniors”?

From the stories we will share with you today, youth had nothing on experience in this extreme sports story. Today we’ll share with you the science and philosophy behind success and we’ll use several videos about Nyad’s feat to demonstrate patterns we can all tap into, at any age.

First up, a quick video from ABC News to get you up to speed…

Via: ABC News 1


Now here’s Diana herself, on the TED stage, telling her story with a gift for us…

Via: TED 2

Fabulous! And a brief shoutout to TED for the awesome and inspiring stories they promote!

“Find a way!”  – Diana Nyad


EWC’s Fascinating Science Bonus:


Just before we were about to wrap up this article, we found this next gem of a video about the fascinating science of how her team helped Diana avoid sharks, about the groundbreaking science that this inspired on the deadly box jellyfish, and on the brain science that was advanced by her willingness to be “studied.”

Now we know a lot more about ourselves! Take a few more minutes to enjoy this amazing look from Motherboard at what it takes to beat the odds…

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. – David Thoreau

Now THAT is a quote for all of us to remember on both our best and our darkest days. Lovely.

Stay open, curious, and optimistic.

~Dr. Lynda


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  1. “64-Year-Old Diana Nyad Swims From Cuba to Florida.” YouTube. ABC News, 2 Sept. 2013. Web. 24 Sept. 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2B_XqN0vjMU>.
  2. Nyad, Diana. “Diana Nyad: Never, Ever Give up.” YouTube. TED, 23 Dec. 2013. Web. 1 May 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zx8uYIfUvh4>.
  3. “The Science of Diana Nyad’s Swim from Cuba to Florida.” YouTube. Motherboard, 19 Feb. 2014. Web. 1 May 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unI27NxC4j4>.

Dr. Lynda is a dentist, artist, global traveler, and philanthropist who looks for potential and shares it with the world. Hear her latest conversations with thought leaders on the Conspiracy of Goodness Podcast--new episodes every Wednesday!