North Pole Solo 2004


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Wave Vidmar

Wave Vidmar
1st American to attempt a solo unsupported expedition to the North Pole

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take...

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Two lucky classrooms will have an opportunity to talk with Wave live from the North Pole via satellite phone!!!
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Students will gain knowledge and skills in goal setting, plan development, preparation, and leadership traits.

Discussion Questions:

  • Describe your personal goals?
  • Will your goals change as you grow older?
  • Are there times when other people set goals for you?
  • How do you feel if you cannot accomplish an important goal?
  • Wave's motto is "Envision - Inspire - Accomplish!" What do the words inspire and motivate mean?
  • Wave says that he has been inspired by Leonardo DaVinci, Benjamin Franklin, Gallieo, Anthony Robbins, Borge Ousland, and other polar explorers. What individuals have inspired you? What situations have motivated you?
  • Are you more likely to motivated by positive circumstances or by negative circumstances?
  • What is the difference between a goal and a plan? What does it mean to develop a plan?
  • What are some traits of a "leader?"
  • What risks are associated with being a leader?
  • Is there a difference between being a leader and being famous?
  • It is difficult to imagine just how a human can cope with the conditions that Wave will face during the expedition. What essential personality traits, qualities or skills should you have (i.e. courage, perseverance, navigation, leadership, passion, problem solving, etc.) to be an explorer?

Suggested Activities:

  • Ask students to list their favorite inspirational and motivational quotations (see Quotations Page or Quote World). Have them write a short essay explaining how they can apply those quotations to their own lives.
  • Ask students to create a goal chart, listing their daily goals, weekly goals and lifetime goals.
  • Have students pick one personal goal and develop a step-by-step plan to reach that goal.
  • Have students identify a problem in their community that needs to be addressed. Introduce the technique of "brain storming" as a method of identifying possible solutions.
  • Have students read the local newspaper and watch the local TV news, to identify "leaders" in their community. Make a local leaders chart.
  • Invite a local leader (business, sports, community, etc.) to be a guest speaker at your school to discuss how they overcame obstacles and achieved their goals.

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