281 | Drew Petersen | Professional Skiing and Overcoming Suicide to Live Your Best Life

In this episode of The Greatness Machine, Darius is joined by Drew to open up about his struggles with mental health, his near-suicidal experiences, and the pivotal moments that led him to seek help and ultimately, find a path to recovery. Drew will also talk about his newest film, “Feel It All,” which documents his successful ultramarathon attempt. 

In this episode, Drew and I talked about:

  • Drew talks about his professional journey and becoming a skier at 15
  • Breaking the stigma around mental health and suicide through films
  • Raising awareness and promoting mental health within the outdoor sports community
  • Drew shares how his passion for storytelling started
  • The importance of teamwork in creative endeavors
  • Drew discusses his short film “Ups & Downs” and the message it aims to convey
  • The importance of embracing the continuous cycle of ups and downs in life
  • Drew gives a sneak peek into his newest film “Feel It All”
  • And other topics…

Meet Drew:

Drew Petersen is a professional skier and ultrarunner committed to changing the conversation around mental health. He combines his athletic pursuits—backcountry skiing and ultramarathons—with storytelling through writing, filmmaking, and speaking. Featured in major magazines and award-winning films, Drew produced the 2022 film “Ups and Downs,” which parallels ski touring with his mental health journey. His upcoming film “Feel It All” chronicles his run of the Leadville 100 ultramarathon, blending his skiing achievements with his dedication to mental health advocacy.

Meet Darius: 

Darius is your host of The Greatness Machine. Darius is a mad scientist, high-growth CEO, serial entrepreneur, author, conscious capitalist, speaker, and entertainer. Darius is on a quest to create 1,000,000 Core Value Driven Organization by 2030. He is calling this “The Core Value Revolution.” Darius is an alumni of the Birthing of Giants Entrepreneurial Program at MIT and Stagen Integral Leadership Program. Darius’s accolades include being ranked #9 Top Rated CEO in America on Glassdoor, has won numerous Stevie Awards, and has founded and grown organizations that have been ranked #40 in the Inc. 500 and were ranked #3 Best Places to Work By the San Francisco Business Time. He is all about the P’s: Passion, Pizza, Puzzles, and, especially, Pink Unicorns. His book, The Core Value Equation, is an Amazon #1 Best Seller and is available at www.thecorevalueequation.com.

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