202: Jonathan Bamber: A Man Born To Challenge The Limits That Life Sets Us
Welcome to the Steve Jobs based Join Up Dots Free Podcast Interview with Jonathan Bamber.
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Todays guest, joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Jonathan Bamber, a man who is a professor in physical geography. He graduated from Bristol University with a degree in Physics in 1983 and went on to complete a Ph.D at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, in glaciology and remote sensing.
He then spent eight years in the Department of Space and Climate Physics, University College London before returning to Bristol in 1996.
So we can say that he is more than a bit clever to say the least.
But if you think that todays show is simply about a supremely educated man who is living a life without struggle then think again, as a few years back he was in a position that is nothing short of horrific.
After a mountaineering accident, our guest found himself laying for days on a tiny shelf high above the safety of the ground, with his leg literally hanging on by a thread
A rock that bounced down the mountain and ricocheted off a ledge, had crushed his lower leg halfway between ankle and knee. The impact sheared through both bones and removed a big chunk of his leg.
For days Jonathan Bamber lay and watched it loosely flap around, afraid it might just drop off. Powerless to stop gangrene set in, and all the while his leg moving closer and closer to being lost forever.
And if that is where you might think his story finishes then think again, as with so many tales on Join Up Dots, the worst moments in someone’s life can actually be the starting point to something remarkable, and that is certainly the case today.
So lets bring onto the show to start joining up dots, the one and only Mr Jonathan Bamber.
During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Jonathan Bamber such as:
How as a child he was fascinated with the natural world and has never lost the thrill of gaining more knowledge of what is around us all.
How he can see why the ancients were so fascinated by the night sky, when you see the stars and galaxies from the higher atmospheres of a mountain.
How he loves to find his limits and then push past to see what is possible.
Why be responds to the words of Helen Keller who said “Life is even a daring adventure or nothing”
Why he feels that the words of Steve Jobs do not do justice to how you create the dream life. It is far more powerful in his view to create stepping stones forward instead of connecting dots in the past.