Nik Wallenda inspires us to follow our dreams with his record breaking tightrope walk

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So some people may call him crazy, but Nik Wallenda, doesn’t care. He had a dream to be the first in his family, known as the flying Wallendas, to walk the tallest skyscraper walk on a tightrope.

Ok, so it’s not my dream, it may not be your dream, but it was Nik’s dream  – and he nailed it yesterday in Chicago.

He first walked up a steep incline between buildings either side of the Chicago River, 152m above the ground. It took him six minutes 52 seconds in winds that were gusting at up to 40km/hour.

Then, BLINDFOLDED, he crossed 29m between the two Marina City towers in one minute 17 seconds.

At the end of his walk he said, “I feel incredible. So thankful, obviously, that I made it across safely.”

“Hopefully more people around the world are inspired, that if they work hard enough, they will achieve their goals.”

“As I step on that wire, every single step is either life or it’s death,” said Wallenda.

Wallenda first stepped onto a wire when he was 2 years old, and has spent almost every day since then training on a wire for three to four hours per day, five days a week. 

Nik is an inspiration to us all: he has a dream, he is determined, he has trained and practised his craft, and he has faced his fears to take that first step off the precipice! 

“I live by three words: Never Give Up,” says Nik.




Video courtesy of Discovery!

Melissa Histon

Photographer, philanthropist, adventurer, blogger, avid permitter and social changer, Melissa Histon is a woman on a mission to make a real difference to the lives of women globally. Melissa spent 10 years working in the corporate world before leaving to establish a successful photography business. After experiencing a number of life-altering events, Melissa created The Sista Code in May 2014 with a dream to see women empowered, happy and connected. Whether it's building a house for the homeless in Nepal, interviewing inspiring women from around the globe, or creating events and campaigns to support sistas escaping domestic violence, Melissa knows that true change can only happen when we all stand together and boost each other.

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