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Interview with Brian Freeman

How did one of Australia’s greatest adventurers become homeless?
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Brian Freeman is hard to fit on a page. As you immerse yourself in his story, it’s hard to connect how a man with such a long and proud history of serving his country in the Australian Defence Force, ended up homeless. He was and is well connected, physically and mentally stronger than most of us have ever tested and he’s a dad. As it turns out, it doesn’t take much for someone to literally lose it all. It’s what happens after that, that you might find most inspiring. He has stories pouring out of him and what an adventure his life is. What does one do when there’s no home to sleep in? Walk the Nullarbor Plain of course! And in doing that, being clear about his purpose.

Brian is one of Australia’s greatest adventurers, and certainly one of a handful of the world’s most outstanding adventurers. Whereas most adventurers are historically one discipline, such as, high-altitude mountain climbing, endurance kayaking, desert and jungle running, survival or endurance swimming, Brian has achieved in every discipline, and in every environment on the planet. If you’re interested in the role of mindset, in who we are and what we are capable of, then this interview is for you. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to have your integrity challenged, and to be kicked out of a roadhouse because you weren’t buying anything, then hit play. We wish Brian every success on the road (oceans and mountains) ahead and thank him for trusting us with his vulnerability.

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