Embrace Adversity – Build Resilience

As a youth in Canada, Joshua Pelland was a typical rebellious child who didn’t seem to fit in. He found himself through the many adventures he had.  His most challenging is one he still works to conquer today – embracing the adversity and building the resilience necessary to not only survive but thrive after a spinal cord injury almost cut his life short. Listen how he shares his experiences, what he learned about himself and how he cultivates the mindset of resilience, teamwork and leadership. His story will definitely leave you feeling motivated and inspired to succeed.


Who is Joshua Pelland?  Prior to his injury, Joshua was quite adventurous.  He was almost killed at the age of 16 when he made his first bribe while traveling and climbing through East Africa.  His eyes were truly opened as he witnessed the complexities of humanity and culture for the first time.

Fast forward to find that Joshua has joined Britain’s elite Royal Marines Commandos and Special Operations Units where he encountered a wide variety of military operations and training.

Leaving this life, Joshua delved into the private security sector working as an advisor for the Maritime companies at the height of the Somali piracy. Faced with dynamic challenges which he continually improvised, adapted to and overcame, he worked in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Joshua still yearned for new adventures.  He found he had a passion for climbing pillars of ice, rock and mountains and that was just what he did until a fateful day in June of 2016.

Discussion Points/Time Stamps:

  • Who is Joshua? 1:52
  • The back-story 3:52
  • Passion Discovery 5:25
  • The Fall 7:22
  • Peeling Back the Layers 7:56
  • The journey through 10:00
  • Reality 13:00
  • The Transformation 15:32
  • A New Beginning 20:52
  • Long-term Goals 24:48
  • Leadership/Mindset/Motivation 25:26
  • Message for Youngsters 26:07
  • Self-Discovery 27:52
  • Encouragement Message 30:32



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