Robyn Benincasa

Robyn Benincasa

Top Leadership and Teamwork Motivational Speaker, Full-time Firefighter, Adventure Racing World Champion, CNN Hero, and Bestselling Author

Nov 1, 2018

Robyn Benincasa

Robyn Benincasa is a top motivational speaker on leadership, adventure racing world champion, CNN Hero, founder of Project Athena, and bestselling author. She won the World Adventure Race two times and holds three Guinness World Record for long-distance kayaking. Her book on teamwork and leadership, How Winning Works, is a New York Times bestseller. Her entertaining keynotes show audiences the foundations of inspired leadership and how to win as a team.

The first few years I was scared out of my mind. And my heart rate still goes through the roof right before I go on stage, but it is such a gift to me to be able to share this.

Episode Highlights


What is it about teams that attracts you so much?

When you’re on a really high performance world class team, like I was lucky enough to do in the sport of adventure racing and as a firefighter, you are truly operating with one heart and one mind, and you’re capitalizing on each other’s strengths and shoring up weaknesses, and everyone’s ego is left at the start line, and it’s all about the focus on the goal and not who gets the credit.


How have you redefined your relationship with fear?

I’m not fearless at all. I’m not like a big risk taker but I think the fear for me is a not accomplishing what I set out to do. I think a lot of that is alleviated by putting character bricks in the own wall in your life by continually challenging yourself and building that wall of bricks and bricks and bricks of accomplishments and things that you’ve been afraid of and you did them anyway.

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