This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Tofe Evans. Tofe’s story is incredible. First off, he wrote the runaway best-seller, Everyone Has a Plan Until Shit Hits the Fan – if that tells you anything. But, Tofe has been to hell and back and what he has learned about life, resilience, and the human spirit is remarkable.
Tofe came back from literally almost losing his life. He dedicated everything to teaching people what he has learned and raising awareness for various causes. Tofe pushes every limit and boundary he can find through being a top endurance athlete. In fact, he completed over 40 endurance events in one year just to raise awareness for cancer research, as well as a 60-kilometer ultramarathon on Mt. Everest – yes, that mt. Everest, for Cystic Fibrosis.
As he says, he is on a mission to help transform those who are feeling week or worthless into warriors and I can’t wait for him his to share everything he’s got for you today. Word to the wise, this will be a raw unfiltered episode, because that is who Tofe is, so get ready for a wild ride!
Tofe’s journey started when he was a kid and fell in love with traveling. He tried a number of businesses to fund the life he wanted – but he failed and it wore on him to the point where adversity seemed to be his normal state of life. He started to become something different, self-destructive. He would put on masks, so people didn’t see what he really was, but it didn’t work. He became a terrible person to people.
He finally couldn’t take the loneliness and disconnect from being human and even attempted to kill himself by taking enough drugs where he thought her would overdose. For some reason, it didn’t work. He had to get help to work on his mental health. And in starting to open up and going through the process of re-finding himself, he started to learn how adversity could be a blessing and how he could use it to fuel his recovery.
He also started to self-educate and that is when he came up with the idea that he would run his first marathon. For him, once he made the decision, he realized that it was like life super condensed. Training and do the race was a great metaphor for life.
At the 9:30 mark, Tofe shares how a marathon is a great metaphor for life.
After completing the marathon. He was hooked and asked the question “How can we make a difference through doing this?”
So, he connected with a friend and they started on a journey where they did over 40 different events in one year to raise money for various causes.
After everything you’ve been through and done, what have you found that matters most?
At the 11 min mark, Tofe talks about the differences he has noticed between developing countries and first world countries.
Explain Adversity x Mindset x Gratitude
“You can’t compare yourself to others. Comparing is a cancer.”
What have you learned about the capabilities of the human spirit…
How can people practice practical resilience in their lives? Listen at the 25 min mark as Tofe goes into more detail on the items below.
How can we get rid of the barriers keeping us from our greatness?
At the 36 min mark, Tofe explains what to do when “shit hits the fan”
It comes down to 2 things…
Don’t be too attached to the outcome, instead focus on the process of what it takes to get there as that is the real work and where the real effort is needed.
Pay close attention to your habits because “The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken”
How does all of this that we’ve discussed translate to entrepreneurship?
At the 46 min mark, Tofe talks about what it is like to run 0ver 60 KM’s on Mount Everest…
Best Quote: “Practice “Present Focused Living.” Depression is when you are living too much in the past and anxiety is when you are living too far in the future.”
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