André Wiersig
04.12.2018

“Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone”

Extreme swimmer André Wiersig wants to become the tenth person in the world to swim across the “Ocean’s Seven” sea passages. In the current issue of our customer magazine “ESSENTIAL,” he talks about thirst, drive and self-confidence – not to mention sharks and gigantic waves.

Why would a person voluntarily swim for hours in the ocean wearing only a bathing suit, and battle waves, weather and the cold, perhaps without making much progress after six hours due to the strong current? For extreme swimmer André Wiersig, there’s no simple answer but rather a mix of reasons. Wiersig, an IT specialist, is deliberately living out a counter-narrative to his everyday routine. He enjoys exposing himself to elemental forces. And he has a clear message to others: Goals are important.

The important thing is to take on a challenge in life — whether professionally or in your free time. “We can do much more than we think we can,” Wiersig said. For example, he finds that his sensitivity to cold has changed completely. But he’s also sure that the challenges that he sets for himself bring tranquility to his daily life. “When the waves are high, it doesn’t do any good to roar at the sea,” he said.

André Wiersig
André Wiersig
André Wiersig
André Wiersig
 

The important thing is to take on a challenge in life — whether professionally or in your free time. “We can do much more than we think we can,” Wiersig said. For example, he finds that his sensitivity to cold has changed completely. But he’s also sure that the challenges that he sets for himself bring tranquility to his daily life. “When the waves are high, it doesn’t do any good to roar at the sea,” he said.

Read more about Wiersig’s sea crossings, his encounters with sharks and jellyfish, and his views about the trash in the ocean in our customer magazine ESSENTIAL, which you can find here.


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