Experience 2020: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone with the Unlikely Thru-Hiker

Being comfortable with getting uncomfortable takes practice. To succeed in your professional life, you have to step outside your comfort zone to take on a new challenge or learn a new task. You don’t have to do something as drastic as hiking the Appalachian Trail, but learning how to take on a new role and put one foot in front of each other is enough!

Experience is June 4-5 in Roanoke, Va. This year’s focus is on ENDURANCE. Your career isn’t a sprint; it’s a marathon. In order to finish the race, you need tools to grow through personal and professional challenges. You’ll find that at Experience 2020.

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Derick Lugo had never hiked or camped a day in his life. This Brooklyn-born, New York City urbanite hopped a train to Georgia, grabbed a taxi at the station, and told the cab driver to drop him off at the beginning of the Appalachian Trail. Then he did as he has always done — put one foot in front of the other and never looked back.

After hiking for more than 2,000 miles, he now feels invincible and plans to cross the Sahara barefoot. (Not really, but when an ambitious spirit is successful, it will strive for even greater accomplishments.)

The Unlikely Thru-Hiker is his debut memoir. Find him online at @dericklugo (Instagram), @dericklugo (Facebook) and at dericklugo.com

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