Lewis Pugh is a British environmental campaigner, maritime lawyer and pioneer swimmer. To date, he remains the only person to have completed a long-distance swim in every ocean, and in 2007, Lewis became the first person to swim the icy waters of the North Pole.
As if that weren’t impressive enough, Lewis is also a master story teller and world-renowned speaker – his speech at the 2010 TED conference was described by the Financial Times as “the perfect TED talk: a little bit of action, some thinking outside the box, humbling words on the need to respect nature, a happy ending. A Hollywood scriptwriter could not have structured it better.” In 2009, Mashable named his speech at the BIF Conference in Rhode Island, entitled ‘Utilising Extremes’, as one the 7 most inspiring videos on the web – and I’ve included it below. It lasts slightly less than 20 minutes, and is an absolute must-watch.