Sonya Looney: Defining Success at 17,769 Feet

Sonya Looney found herself on top of the highest mountain pass in the world with her mountain bike facing challenges she never expected. She shares how she redefined success and failure in a very hard moment while attempting a feat no woman had ever accomplished.

How do fear of failure and fear of the unknown paralyze us in our lives? Here Looney expands her ideas and shares how a shift in perspective helps us begin a journey to recognize the potential of our capability.

It’s energy and attitude that have propelled Sonya Looney on a mountain bike across the rugged Himalayas, through sweltering sand dunes of the Sahara Desert, and through the clammy jungles of Sri Lanka.

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