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Lessons for Business from Hiking the Appalachian Trail With Jerry Travers



What does it take to conquer the 2,150+ mile Appalachian Trail? Join us as we uncover the inspiring journey of Jerry Travers and his daughter Bennett, who braved the entire trail together. From Jerry's fascinating past at Georgia Tech and his pioneering contributions at IBM to his dedication as a Scoutmaster for 26 years, you'll discover how these experiences shaped his passion for hiking. With anecdotes about bear encounters and the camaraderie of through-hiking, Jerry shares valuable lessons on resilience and preparation that parallel the challenges faced by small business owners.



Ever wondered about the life of a Scoutmaster? This episode celebrates Jerry's lifelong commitment to scouting, leading a Boy Scout troop for decades and passing on his love for the outdoors to his children. Post-retirement, Jerry and Bennett's trail adventure was filled with meticulous planning, unexpected trials like heavy snowstorms, and the joy of accomplishing such a monumental trek. Their story is a testament to the enduring spirit of scouting and the unbreakable bond formed through shared experiences.



The final stretch of the Appalachian Trail, the 100-mile wilderness in Maine, presented emotional and logistical challenges that tested Jerry and Bennett's fortitude. From rationing food to navigating the unique regulations of Baxter State Park, their journey to the summit of Mount Katahdin was both grueling and exhilarating. Sharing these moments of triumph and struggle, Jerry offers motivational insights that remind us all to push through life's obstacles and reach our own mountaintop of success. Don’t miss this episode filled with heartfelt stories, practical advice, and the ultimate celebration of father-daughter achievement.

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