A LIFE EXTRAORDINARY
Have you ever wondered what it takes to achieve extraordinary things in life?
Some people are driven to go above and beyond the ordinary. To challenge the expected, push the impossible and adventure into the unknown to reach new heights. But what is it that gives people this natural urge to explore their boundaries, to go above their comfort zone, beyond their limits? We took a journey with 4 extraordinary individuals from the world of music, sport, design-tech and conservation to help us find out. We invited Cambridge University professor and leading psychologist, Dr. Brian R. Little along to help us decode what motivates us to go above and beyond.
GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND
Meet extraordinary individuals from around the Arab World and discover what it is that drives people to go above and beyond.
MOHAMMAD AL ATTAR
Mohammad has taken the world of urban gymnastics by storm since his first place win at the Red Bull Urban Jump 2010 at the age of 17. He has since gone on to become the top Parkour athlete in Kuwait and has ranked within the top 5 internationally since 2013, all while learning to master a variety of complementary martial arts including Taekwondo and Karate Shotokan.
BADER AL LAWATI
Nicknamed “The Freezing Omani’, Bader’s passion for protecting the environment of his homeland inspired him to take on a challenging and gruelling journey.
Lebanese paraplegic Michael Haddad who defied all odds to become a professional athlete, including completing record-breaking walking and climbing challenges to raise awareness for those with disabilities.
His achievements for his charity Climb for Cancer are not only physically inspiring but they have also touched the lives of many families who have been struck by the disease.
Fast-rising classical music star Xian Zhang has overcome huge odds and defied cultural norms to become the first female music director of an Italian symphony orchestra. Discover what enabled her to break the glass ceiling.
Award-winning conservationist Tom Lalampaa risks his own safety to settle Kenyan tribal disputes for the sake of the environment and human rights. Find out what enables him to stay composed in the toughest of conditions.
Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht is forging new paths in the emerging field of design and robotics, to create designs that move, breathe, and react to the environment around them. Find out what gives her the capability to push the boundaries.
Russian Diver, Double European Champion Victor Minibaev has been diving since the age of seven. Now he’s on the road to Rio on a mission to become the best high diver on Earth. Discover what makes him unstoppable.
There is an amazing capacity in each of us to rise to the occasion when challenged. To live a life extraordinary.
DR BRIAN R LITTLE
DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY