South African-born, Neal Petersen has completed two amazing journeys in his life: a single-handed yacht race around the world, 27,000 miles, 9 months at sea, alone, and in the smallest yacht he designed and built himself. And an even more arduous and eventful trip of overcoming racial prejudice during the Apartheid era in South Africa, poverty, and a childhood physical disability, just to make it to the start line! While sharing his riveting life story – and philosophy, Neal’s extraordinary personal messages will open the mind, with new hope and a determination to break down the barriers, real or perceived, that now exist and to take adversity head on and demonstrate that with passion, determination and hard work you can achieve your goals.
A National Outdoor Book Award winning author of Journey of a Hope Merchant and subject of a PBS documentary, Neal is a natural-born storyteller—riveting, engaging and highly entertaining. He challenges others to find their treasures, to use their experiences to navigate through the toughest of challenges.
Today, Neal is CEO, of No Barriers International, the driving force behind his in-demand international keynote speaking business. Neal is also an informed global investor, who has experienced many cultures having lived and traveled in diverse parts of the world, as an adventurer, and as a speaker to global fortune 500 companies.
Neal challenges audiences to think about the impact that their choices make on others and on the world as they create their legacy ….. “Choose your destiny or others will choose it for you!”
How do you want to be remembered – what is the legacy you will leave behind?
Neal has always defined himself by what he can imagine – rather than how others would define him. Neal’s philosophy truly is – In Life There are No Barriers ~ Only Solutions!