Sunday 16 June 2019

Real Health Podcast: ‘He who has a why to live can bear with almost any how’ - Mark Pollock on optimism v realism and the why of life

Mark Pollock chats to Karl Henry for the Real Health podcast
Mark Pollock chats to Karl Henry for the Real Health podcast
Karl Henry with this week's guest, Mark Pollock
Karl Henry

Karl Henry

It's a truly inspiring interview on my podcast this week as I speak to Mark Pollock about the inner strength needed to cope with life's toughest challenges.

‘He who has a why to live can bear with almost any how’ is Nietzsche's quote and Mark’s mantra for living.

"If you know why you’re doing what you’re doing and it makes sense to you, then you can put up with all the tough stuff.   It sits over everything to do with my life really," Mark explains. 

He expects problems while exploring the possibilities and it’s how he made it to the South Pole and has coped with blindness and being in a wheelchair.

20 years ago, in the space of two weeks, he went from being a person about to start a new job and life in the city in London to becoming completely blind and stuck back at home in his bedroom. 

"Suddenly I was a blind person and had to try and find a place and identity in the world again," he says.

All of which led to running ultra marathons in some of the world's most inhospitable climates and now, after the accident leading him to being in a wheelchair, he's looking to tackle paralysis through the Mark Pollock Trust.

It's an incredible story that can only but inspire and why not also take part in Mark's Run in the Dark in November? 

For more information go to and also check out Mark's incredible Ted Talk with his fiancée Simone George.

Keep sending your questions in to me via or @KarlHenryPT on Twitter and Instagram and we'll answer more of your questions later in the series.

The Real Health podcast with Karl Henry in association with Laya Healthcare.

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