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Live Inspired Podcast: Reach Your Next Summit (ep. #130)

John O’Leary is joined by business leader + adventure seeker on tips to overcome your challenges on the Live Inspired Podcast.

During his eleven years as a business leader at Build-A-Bear Workshop, Manley Feinberg implemented solutions inspired by his extreme outdoor adventures in the Himalayas, Uzbekistan and El Capitan in Yosemite.

Today, Manley shares compelling tales from the trails that led to lessons in leadership that will help you overcome your challenges and live more inspired.

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  • Courage is contagious, a lesson Manley learned early from his mom and lives by today.
  • Get On Belay! A belay is a tool used in climbing to protect each climber. Tips to be a great belayer on the mountain or a leader climbing mountains in life:
    1. Be present + encouraging.
    2. Don’t give too much slack (don’t avoid important, uncomfortable conversations).
    3. Don’t hold the rope back (don’t micromanage / hold someone back).
    4. Lock the rope off (immediately recognize / engage others).
  • Failing does not mean falling: If you’re pushing yourself, you’re going to fall occasionally.
  • Make meaningful, intentional connections. Ask: 
    1. Who do I need on belay (who do I need support from)?
    2. Who needs me on belay(who needs support from me)?
  • Overcome a fear: Write down a plan to get an objective lens.
  • Stop chasing behaviors and start challenging beliefs.
  • Build momentum towards your goal by celebrating successes no matter how small.
  • Get Manley Feinberg’s book Reaching Your Next Summit: 9 Vertical Lessons for Leading with Impact  and his Momentum Planner and Journal.

Did you enjoy hearing Manley rock out LIVE? You’ll love hearing Jonathon Cain of JOURNEY perform on episode #100 here.



1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Jonathon Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach, Untethered Soul by Michael Singer, The War of Art by Sun Tzu and The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch.

[Listen to Richard Bach on ep. #54 of the Live Inspired Podcast.]

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? My endless, boundless energy level.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? A couple of guitars my mother bought me when she passed away.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? My mother. It’s been 18 years since we’ve had a physical conversation and we have a lot to catch up on. I miss most her unwavering, relentless enthusiasm and  encouragement, commitment and love.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? My mother always told me I could do anything I wanted to do, and believed in me. She always reminded me I have an amazing purpose in this world.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Don’t worry about what people think. I’d tell my 46-year-old self the same thing.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? Manley was an amazing father, husband and friend to everyone he met with no exceptions, loved them and they knew it.


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