96: Incurable Entrepreneurs - Heather Thorkelson, Author, Explorer, Entrepreneur

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February 17th, 2020

51 mins 33 secs

Season 5

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About this Episode

Heather Thorkelson is a Canadian dual business owner living in rural Sweden. She runs a business consulting practice that helps small-to-medium business owners grow their bottom line without adding busy-work. She also runs a bespoke polar expedition company that takes discerning travelers on once-in-a-lifetime expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic. But more than anything, Heather is an incurable entrepreneur.

She feels deeply that our traditional work environment (the 9-5) goes against what humans need to be mentally healthy

Heather Thorkelson is a successful serial entrepreneur, lifestyle business coach and consultant, founder of the Republic Of Freedom, and co-founder of Twin Tracks Expedition, a polar expedition company. She specializes in creating standout experiences where her clients embrace new adventures and become a better human being.

After meeting her Swedish husband in Antarctica while on another project, they established a home base in Sweden and run their companies from wherever they choose to be.

Suffice to say that Heather has had the opportunity to see the world through a different lens.


ABOUT THE HOST

My name is Sam Harris. I am a British entrepreneur, investor and explorer. From hitchhiking across Kazakstan to programming AI doctors I am always pushing myself in the spirit of curiosity and Growth. My background is in Biology and Psychology with a passion for improving the world and human behaviour. I have built and sold companies from an early age and love coming up with unique ways to make life more enjoyable and meaningful.

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