04 Aug 2021
For someone who was playing as a professional rugby player at the highest level for over 10 years to then suffer a serious accident that left them paralysed from the neck down, you wouldn’t expect for them to consider themselves ‘lucky’. But this is exactly how my next guest refers to himself as.
In April 2017, after diving into the shallow end of a swimming pool, Ed Jackson broke his neck and suffered a spinal cord injury which left him paralysed from the neckdown. Doctors said that he would never walk again … but through sheer determination and intensive rehabilitation, Ed reached the summit of mountains within a year of his operation. A feat not even the most optimistic of medical professionals could have ever imagined.
I learnt so much from Ed on today’s pod. His attitude to consistently challenge himself, both mentally and physically, his ability to reframe even the most difficult of situations that enables him to see the positives and ultimately his humility. We talk about his specific traumatic event and aspects of his mental journey as well as the physical, and how stoicism, reframing his mindset and ‘painting his life with appreciation’ led to recovery.
Ed’s new book Lucky is the story of how he faced the impossible when it seemed all hope was lost. And Ed shows how you, too, can overcome the biggest challenges that life sends your way.
Ed has since gone on to conquer many mountains, start his own charity millimetres2mountains.org/ and has been listed to present the Paralympic games in Tokyo on Channel 4.
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Ed Jackson is a former professional rugby player who played at the highest level for over 10 years. Two years on from a serious accident that left him paralysed from the neck down, Ed is literally climbing mountains and wants to encourage others to never give up hope. Eds life altering experience has provided him with an incredible ability to motivate people. Drawing on his own experiences, Ed takes you on an honest journey through his accident and highlights the ways in which he took a fearlessly active approach to defy all odds on the road to his recovery. After listening to Ed talk you will be inspired to push through adversity, embrace a more positive mindset and be introduced to the importance of persevering through obstacles with resilience and courage. In November 2019, Ed climbed Mera Peak! When not climbing mountains Ed can regularly be seen presenting and commentating on Channel 4. Ed was recently listed to appear as a part of the Channel 4s Tokyo Paralympic coverage in summer 2020, before the event was moved to summer 2021.