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Wild Success: 7 Key Lessons Business Leaders Can Learn from Extreme Adventurers


Wild Success is an exciting journey into the world of extreme adventure explaining how the insights from elite adventurers can help leaders perform at their best. My co-author neuroscientist Amy Posey and I, in conjunction with the talent development company The AIP Group, aspired to engage and inspire readers with stories from both the adventure and business worlds while providing concrete performance tips, based on current understandings in neuroscience, that will allow people to grow and thrive as leaders. www.morewildsuccess.com

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“WILD SUCCESS is a two-fer. It’s both a rollicking, unforgettable read and a valuable guide to the qualities that produce bold, decisive, resilient leadership. These stories of explorers and adventurers will inspire you to dream big. And Posey and Kevin Vallely’s astute advice will help you turn those dreams into reality.”

- Daniel H. Pink, New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of 6 books including Drive, When and To Sell is Human


"The connections between the adventure world and the business world are clear, concise and plain to see. An adventurer’s experience can help instruct every leader to perform at their best.”

- Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Guinness Book of World Records “The World’s Greatest Living Explorer."

"You can write what you’ve lived, or you can do a bunch of research—but the best books of all, like Amy Posey and Kevin Vallely’s Wild Success, do both. From corporate boardrooms to big waves, perilous glaciers, and lofty summits, Posey and Vallely share their unique perspective on how great leaders make the right decisions and shake off seemingly insurmountable setbacks."

- Alex Hutchinson, Author and Journalist. Contributing editor to Outside magazine. Author, Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance


"It is not often that you get your hands on a life-transforming book, one that somehow manages to be at once inspiring, exhilarating and educational, but Wild Success, by Kevin Valley and Amy Posey is one of them. 
Taking readers to the most extreme places, the book gives deeply personal accounts of how great adventurers overcome monumental challenges,  but then, using brilliant analysis and research, it goes further, letting us all understand the deep dynamic of resilience and creativity. Leadership books are all too often vanity exercises of one-dimensional, successful people, but the stories in Wild Success are forged by courageous people in the most unforgiving places, places where vanity means death. The courage to overcome obstacles is not abstract in these accounts, but all too real and hard-earned, and the lessons learned offer an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to truly succeed in business and more importantly, in the adventure of life. Wild success is a unique, brilliant, thrilling, thoughtful book that is a must-read for any aspiring leader and anyone who dreams of living their best life."

- Evan Solomon is a Canadian political journalist, radio host, writer for Maclean’s magazine and the new host of CTV News Channel’s “Power Play.”


“If we waited until everything was perfect, we’d never start. Wild Success: 7 Key Lessons Business Leaders Can Learn from Extreme Adventurers is an inspiration to anyone looking to reach their full potential in business or life. Kevin Vallely and Amy Posey’s collection of stories will spark readers to find the courage to take the first step, and the grit to stay on the journey.”

- Rick Hansen, Founder of the Rick Hansen Foundation, is a Canadian icon who has dedicated his life to awakening the world to the potential of people with disabilities. He is best known as the “Man In Motion” for undertaking an epic 26-month, 40,000 km journey around the world in his wheelchair.


This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to get ahead in business! It kept me captivated from end to end. Being both an adventurer and an entrepreneur I found it especially captivating and useful. There are some excellent lessons that I will be applying to my own business strategies as we continue growing our own company.

- Colin Angus, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year


"Looking for an edge? Read Wild Success cover to cover. Twice. Why? Because Kevin and Amy have codified what it takes to excel at the edge of human capacity. Fascinating, accessible and just plain fun, this book will be your guide as you embark on your next audacious business (ad)venture.”

- Greg Wells PhD, Performance Physiologist


"What a brilliant move to embed business and management principles into extreme adventure stories. And it is more likely to remember them. Enduring principles emerge when humans are severely tested."

- Sam Sullivan, Canadian politician, current MLA for Vancouver-False Creek, 38th mayor of Vancouver, British Columbia.


"These stories of adventure, grounded with respected academic and scientific research, provide inspiration and guidance to those interested in enhancing their understanding and practice of leadership.  It is a valuable reminder of the lessons we can take from individuals who encourage us to question our own limitations and reach our fullest potential and possibilities.”

- Robert N. Thomas, PhD, Professor of Leadership Institute of Leadership and Entrepreneurship, Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia


"Wild Success is an adventure book, a personal development book, and a life & business manual. Follow these outstanding real-life adventurers as they row the Atlantic & the Pacific oceans, summit Everest, undertake polar exploration, circumnavigate Antarctica and even pioneer personal jet-propelled flight. Learn how they apply lessons in neuroscience, growth mindset & perseverance to survive and how you can apply these Lessons and achieve your Wild Success in business and life.”

- Richard Bailey, President and Chief Transformation Officer HP Inc.


“The business world is ruthless to those who are not prepared to handle its ever-changing tides. Amy Posey and Kevin Vallely have marvellously connected the important lessons from adventuring in the great wilderness to achieving success and becoming a solid business leader. It will open your mind and push you to think of how you can take control of yourself and learn a delicate discipline in pushing towards success. What can save your life in the world of adventure, can propel you to greatness in business.”

- Manal Albayat, Chief Community Engagement Officer Expo 2020 Dubai


“Inspiring, educational and relevant, Wild Success is a brilliant combination of living at the edge of human performance, real-world application and fascinating insights into our mind. It’s both personal and ubiquitous in its narrative. From the start of each chapter, the stories of adventure and perseverance draw you in and then subtly shift to issues that impact us all…purpose, adversity, resilience, risk, balance. Amy and Kevin have managed to craft the CliffsNotes version of how to live a successful and fulfilling life. This is a not a book that you read once, but one that you refer to…continuously.”

- Shawn Seamans President, McKesson Life Sciences


“This book will leave you in awe of the accomplishments of this amazing group of adventurers and what they learned about themselves in the process. Their stories and ordeals revealed some common traits and characteristics: passion, pain, perseverance, resilience, grit and sheer determination. Using neuroscience as a basis for their analysis of these behaviours and traits, Amy and Kevin provide us more normal people with the tools and tips we can use to navigate the challenges we face in both our personal and professional lives. Many leadership books leave your emotional tank drained, this one has your emotional tank full to over-flowing. An awesome read.” 

- Richard Walker, Former General Manager, HP Consumer PC Business Unit, Former CEO, Zero Motorcycles


“Whether on the water, in the forest, crossing the tundra or climbing to the summit, wild nature is good for our bodies and minds. Posey, Vallely and a team of adventurous souls expertly guide leaders and readers into the heart of their own wild creativity, focused purpose and peak performance in life, work and play. This is extreme sports made powerfully practical.”

- Dr. Wallace J Nichols, Author of The New York Times Bestseller Blue Mind


“Wild Success has a fresh perspective on achieving peak performance. It weaves the principles of success in adventuring together with practical outcomes in the business world, drawing on parallels that make for refreshing reading and insights.”

- Arthur Hu, Chief Information Officer, Lenovo


"A beautiful piece of work that allows each of us to see how to leverage our own vulnerabilities and shortcomings to transform our leadership potential. Wild Success somehow manages to strike that delicate balance of being both intellectually and practically compelling—and you come out inspired to venture into unchartered territory to up your leadership game."

- Sarah Gretczko, Chief Learning & Skills Officer, Mastercard

Rowing the Northwest Passage: Adventure, Fear, and Awe in a Rising Sea

In this gripping first-hand account, four seasoned adventurers navigate a sophisticated, high-tech rowboat across the Northwest Passage. One of the “last firsts” remaining in the adventure world, this journey is only possible because of the dramatic impacts of global warming in the high Arctic, which provide an ironic opportunity to draw attention to the growing urgency of climate change.

Along the way, the team repeatedly face life-threatening danger from storms unparalleled in their ferocity and unpredictability and bears witness to unprecedented changes in the Arctic habitat and inhabitants, while weathering gale-force vitriol from climate change deniers who have taken to social media to attack them and undermine their efforts.


"What this modern saga of the Northwest Passage brings to light is the new image of the passage as canary in the coal mine. A warning sign of vast planetary changes - caused by us - and threatening our future." —Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada and MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands

"A compelling page-turner of an adventure story. Rowing the Northwest Passagegave me a greater appreciation of the Arctic wilderness—just not as a place of brutal beauty, but also as a crucial player in the Earth’s ecosystem." —Roz Savage, Guinness World Record-setting ocean rower

"Vallely transports the reader to places few will ever go: the very edges of the earth and of human endurance." —Evan Solomon, host of CTV's Question Period

"A thrilling adventure tale in which each hard mile not only reveals the strength of the human spirit but also hammers home the hard truths of climate change." —Cameron Dueck, author of The New Northwest Passage

"Combines a fantastic tale of adventure with an important message on the state of our environment. Vallely's writing keeps the reader engaged with beautiful descriptions of the people, landscapes and wildlife he encounters." —Colin Angus, author and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year.

"A must-read for any Arctic or Northwest Passage enthusiast or for anyone concerned about our planet's future in the face of global warming." —Captain Kenneth K. Burton, Executive Director, Vancouver Maritime Museum

Climate change is happening so rapidly in the Arctic that it is absolutely essential that people go there and intelligently record what they see, as Kevin Vallely so compellingly does in Rowing the Northwest Passage.” —Peter Wadhams, author of A Farewell to Ice

"A powerful call to action wrapped in a rich tale of adventure, history and the harsh reality of a changing climate." —Eric Solomon, Director, Arctic Connections at the Vancouver Aquarium