Johan Ernst Nilson is today one of the worlds leading explorers and motivational speakers.
With over 30 expeditions in 120 countries, Johan Ernst is today a member of both The Explorers Club and Travellers Club.
While most explorers focus on a specific genre like mountaineering or skiing, Johan Ernst has put his focus on the motivation and focusing in itself and not the actual adventure. It can be learning how to play the piano, getting married, climbing a mountain, moving to a new country or just daring to stand up for your right.Â The goals are different but the technique behind it the same.
What is exploration and why is it important?
Everyday we stand in front of things that makes us curious. Moments that may change our lives forever if we just go for it, if we dare to take a chance.
In the early days Exploration was much more scientific and geographical then it is today. Long before we had mapped the globe the question was always; What is it on the other side?Â But time hasnâ€™t changed. We are still searching for the unknown. The only difference is that today the white spots on the map is more of an inner journey that a geographical discovery. The geographical unknown are today the oceans, the polar regions and space. The world as we know it is pretty much discovered. So what was the geographical discoveries all about?
The most important discovery ever made was the discovery of the inner self. To set up goals and to try to fullfil â€œcrazyâ€ dreams changed the way we looked in ourselves. After Hillary and Tenzing climbed Everest, Buzz stood on the Moon, Amundsen arrived to South Pole or Hedin made his geological discoveries in the Gobi desert, we all started to understand that everything is possible. We became prouder, wiser and more daring.
The most important role of the explorers was not to find new islands for the Queen or to discover new routes forÂ business butÂ to inspire a whole world for them to find their own â€œPersonal Everestâ€ and to step outside the Comfort Zone. When people in general plan for future dreams they focus on what they believe they can do, not what where their potentials can take them. We are all a tip of an iceberg where ourÂ believed potentials are very small and the true potentialsÂ enormous!
Johan Ernst recalls his first exploration:
â€œWhen I did my first adventure, which was learning how to play the piano, I remember looking myself in the mirror saying;
â€˜If Elton John can do it, why canâ€™t I?â€™. When I was a kid my big heroes were astronauts like Buzz Aldrin and Nansen, but they were so far away. Dreams are for other people, goals are for normal people. That is something that you just canâ€™t reach. But now many years later I got to know Buzz Aldrin and now I understand that they are humans just like me. The only difference between them and other people is that they believe that the dream can come trueâ€¦.and they make it happen! For 20 years I have been exploring the geographical world but also the world within us.
I have learned one important thing; dreams can come true if you just believe in yourself!
Never stop exploringâ€¦