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Glenn Valentin

Glenn Valentin

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Glenn Valentin is a competitive triathlete and journalist for the local newspaper. In 2017, he quit a secure but unfulfilling job to embark on a 3-month bicycle trip through Morocco, Italy, and Slovenia. He has finished 3th in the Bearman XTreme Triathlon, climbed the Col du Tourmalet on a space hopper, hiked the Pyrenees from coast to coast, and is currently preparing himself for his next adventure: Stand Up Paddling 5000 km across Europe.

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Glenn Valentin has been a competitive triathlete and a journalist for the local newspaper in his late teens and early twenties. In 2017 he went on a 3-month bicycle trip in Morocco, Italy and Slovenia. It was the beginning of a gradual shift from sports to adventure.

Currently, Glenn is mostly trailrunning, climbing mountains and bikepacking. He has finished 3th in the Bearman XTreme Triathlon, climbed the Col du Tourmalet on a spacehopper, hiked the Pyrenees from coast to coast and is currently preparing himself for the first adventure that really scares the crap out of him: Stand Up Paddling 5000 km across Europe.
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Success! We Could Be Heroes has already sold 71 pre-orders , was pitched to 10 publishers , and is in discussions with publishers .

$25 The Hero's Welcome

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This Bonus is to Explore!

Paperback and digital copy of the book + Secret Chapter +1 lottery ticket for 'The Hero's Journey"

The Secret Chapter is a chapter that won't be found in the published book. It is a distillation of very specific, concrete, ready-to-use tactics given by the interviewed adventurers, as well as tips and tricks from more than 100 books I've read in the space of self-development, spirituality, business and adventure. These tactics will help you in organising your next adventure, establishing a fruitful career in the outdoor industry and living a fulfilling life.

Some examples of topics that will be covered in the Secret Chapter:
- how to make your time management more efficient
- how to break down big dreams in small action steps
- how to set up a great sponsorship proposal from A to Z
- how to approach a potential mentor the correct way
- how to prepare for limited food access during your adventure
- ....

The Secret Chapter (.pdf) will be sent by mail by July 1st, 2021.

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$125 The Hero's Friends

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7 paperback and digital copies of the book + 7 Secret Chapters + 7 lottery tickets for "The Hero's Journey"

Going on an adventure is so much nicer with friends! Pre-order 5 books and get 2 for free!

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$250 The Hero's Team

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15 paperback and digital copies of the book + 15 Secret Chapters + online or live (Belgium/France only) book presentation by the author + 15 lottery tickets for "The Hero's Journey"

Get the best out of your team! Pre-order 10 books and get 5 for free + let me motivate your teammembers to wake up the hero's inside!

If the previous sounds interesting to you, but you want more information before making the investment? Then let's chat: www.calendly.com/smileplaygive/heroes

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$1500 The Hero's Journey

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50 paperback and digital copies of the book + 50 Secret Chapters + 1-week full of adventure in the French Pyrenees for 2p.

The writer of the book, Glenn Valentin, will welcome you in the area where he lives: the South-West of France, at the foot of the French Pyrenees Mountains, one of the most stunning areas in Europe.
This Bonus includes a flight with a paraglider, a canyon-excursion, a hut-to-hut hike in the mountains, a vision quest and a meet-and-greet with 1 of the adventurers in the book. (activities can be exchanged according to preference)
Included in the bonus are lodging in an apartment in the village of Laruns, 3 meals a day, bus-tickets and bicycle-rental.
The Hero's Journey can be completed from June to October 2021, 2022 or 2023.

Lottery-winner: For every 100 pre-orders, 1 person who purchased either the Hero's Welcome, the Hero's Friends or the Hero's Team will be chosen by an innocent's child hand to come and live 'the Hero's Journey' together with Glenn, under the same conditions.
Watch a video of this region made by Delphine and Maxime from Entre2pôles (who are also part of the book) here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdSrE1BxpiA

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We Could Be Heroes

Teachings from 100 of the world's most inspiring adventurers

We Could Be Heroes provides teachings from the world's most inspiring adventurers who lead us through their journey of skill acquisition, dealing with setbacks, and overcoming fear. This is the must-read book for outdoor lovers who are feeling stuck in the rut of “normal” life and willing to initiate on the difficult but wonderful path that leads to exploration, creativity, freedom, and a deep connection with their own soul.

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Synopsis

Adventure is in our genes, for 99% of human history we were nomadic explorers; hunting wild animals, climbing mountains, crossing rivers and discovering new territory were an integral part of our existence. Regrettably, the successive agricultural, industrial and technological revolutions of the last twelve thousands years have little by little separated us from our primal instincts. Sitting still, enclosed by four walls, most likely focused on a screen, has gradually become the new normal. Yet, for many among us, the comfort of the contemporary boxed life leaves us with a hollow feeling. The ‘call for adventure’ is still in us, but what was once necessary for our survival has now become a luxury, a treat reserved for our weekends and yearly holidays, a freedom restricted to timely limitations set up by society as acceptable, or at least that's what we believe. The individual that lives most similar to how our ancestors used to do for hundreds of thousands of years is nowadays a rare, fortunate exception. Today, the one who makes a livelihood by his actions in the outdoors is no longer the norm, but rather seems to be a unique divine force gifted with a stunning skillset and a rock solid mind, a natural-born hero.

In ‘We could be heroes’, 100 adventurers, explorers and outdoor athletes share their life story. These people are often looked at as heroes; they have tens of thousands of social media followers, are covered in outdoor magazines and television documentaries, and tell their captivating stories to many thousands of listeners on stage. These heroes make the audience dream, they make us long for exploration and they make us wish we’d be having a similarly amazing lifestyle ourselves. Most of us, listeners, never go beyond dreaming and wishing though. Limiting beliefs - “I am not good enough”, “I don’t have a special talent”, ”I can’t do this while having a family” - or fears - “What if I go broke?”, “What if I fail?”, ”What if people make fun out of me?” - hold us back from taking action and living our best, most adventurous, soul-connected lives. Yet, the adventurers in this book show that they are only ordinary heroes, they are normal people who have flaws, struggle with fear and make mistakes, just like us. But what separates them from most of their admirers is that they have strong enough reasons, powerful strategies and clever tactics to not let self-doubt, criticism or other obstacles stop them from listening to their heart, putting in the necessary work and becoming the person they truly want to be. By sharing what an unconventional career has taught them, the heroes in this book leave us with no more excuses to not follow in their footsteps.

Being born and raised in highly urbanised Belgium, it took until his 26th birthday before Glenn Valentin had his first encounter with adventure. During a 3-month long bicycle journey in Morocco, Italy and Slovenia, he fell in love with the mountains. Returning back home, Glenn felt a huge missing for the natural beauty of the planet and decided to move to the French Pyrenees. Over there, Glenn started canyoning, rock climbing, mountaineering, hiking and trailrunning. The aliveness he felt during those activities in the outdoors was in stark contrast to the unfulfillment experienced during his dayjob. After listening countless times to Alan Watts' famous speech "What if money was no object?", the answers "Being an adventurer and writer" could no longer be neglected. That's how Glenn decided to ask for advice and write a book about it...

Check-out the 100 adventurers here: www.smileplaygive.com

10 % of the book's revenue will go to Protect Our Winters, a community of athletes, scientists, creatives and business leaders advancing non-partisan policies that protect our world today and for future generations.

Read a sample chapter of the book here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/14kqdT3aAwXHqjDpASAcM-X3QAx1UR0zx/view?usp=sharing

Sales arguments

  • The adventurer's following on Instagram adds up to over 1,8 million fans. Most of them are willing to give a shout out for the launch on social media.
  • The forword is written by Karen Darke, an all-round, well-recognised paraplegic adventurer and Paralympic Champion.
  • Dean Karnazes is one of the interviewed adventurers. He's a phenomenon in the USA, even known by the general public.
  • I (the writer) am involved in 2 international adventure networks/communities ("Adventure Psychology Network" and "Activate Your Life") and have an e-maillist of over 300 adventurous people who might be interested in buying the book.
  • I (the writer) plan to SUP 5000 km across Europe in 2022, an endeavour that'll put the knowledge of this book into practice and that will be a promotion for the book in itself

Similar titles

  • Tools of Titans, by Tim Ferriss. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2016). "Tools of Titans" and "We could be heroes" both share strategies and tactics from the pro's. Opposed to Tools of Titans, the pro's in my book are only adventurers, not top-entrepreneurs or professional athletes from conventional sports.
  • Chicken soup for the soul, by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. Published by Chicken Soup of the Soul Publishing (2012). 'We could be heroes' is different because it's focused only on stories from adventurers, explorers and outdoor athletes. Its stories are nourishing for the soul too, but also provide very concrete insights about how to push your life into a different, more adventurous direction.
  • Grand Adventures, by Alastair Humphrey. Published by William Collins (2016). 'We could be heroes' is different because it's a descriptive book, opposed to Humphrey's prescriptive guide to adventures. In 'Grand adventures', Humphrey also interviews adventurers, yet his interviews are focused on the type of adventure this person does. In my book, I'm really diving deep into the personality of each portrayed adventurer.

Audience

This is the must-read book for outdoor-lovers who are feeling stuck in the rut of a “normal” life and willing to initiate on the difficult but wonderful path that leads to exploration, creativity, freedom and a deep connection with their own soul.

Advance praise

"You’ve done an amazing job!! Well done on turning my ramblings into something coherent!" (Roz Savage, one of the heroes, rowed solo across the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific Ocean)

"I very much like how you've written down my story! Thank you for all your work and inspiration!" (Dakota Jones, one of the heroes, professional trailrunner)

"Wonderful text, Glenn. I am already very exciting to read the book!!!" (Kristina Palten, one of the heroes, ultrarunner and kayaker)

"The content is great. You did a really good job!" (Alice Morrison, one of the heroes, crosses deserts with camels)

"Wonderful, Glenn! Success with the rest of your book's 'pregnancy', looking forward to its birth!" (Dixie Dansercoer, one of the heroes, polar explorer)

"This has been one of the best interviews of my entire career, very well done!" (Lorraine Huber, one of the heroes, former World Champion Freeride ski)

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  • Update #3 - And the winner is... May 2, 2021


    The winner of the trip to the Pyrenees is Alexis Baydoun!

    Alexis is actually a Lebanese graphic designer who created the cover of my first ...


  • Update #2 - Secret Chapter April 21, 2021

    As promised for people pre-ordering the book; here is the bonus 'The Secret Chapter'.

    In it you'll find a 'starter kit' for building a career ...


  • Update #1 - The Secret Chapter April 20, 2021

    As promised for people pre-ordering the book; here is the bonus 'The Secret Chapter'.

    In it you'll find a 'starter kit' for building a career ...


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  • Sarah Williams
    on March 15, 2021, 4:42 p.m.

    Congratulations on the book! Super excited to read it!!

  • Karen Darke
    on March 16, 2021, 8:04 p.m.

    Fantastic Glenn! Daring to leave a secure job to pursue a dream is no easy step, but one we must all take if we want to create the life we were born to live. I know this will be an inspiring read and it is an honour to be part of your work.
    Karen Darke

  • Marie Couderc
    on March 25, 2021, 10:01 a.m.

    Congratulations for all the great work Glenn!

  • Tim Moss
    on March 30, 2021, 11:29 a.m.

    Great effort collating all of this information Glenn. Looking forward to getting my hands on a copy!

  • Jente Jacobs
    on April 3, 2021, 9:02 a.m.

    Amazing initiative from an inspiring person! Everybody should read this book to open his view on the world.
    Congrats!

  • Nicolas Lagarde
    on April 4, 2021, 7:39 a.m.

    Well done and congrats !! Looking forward to read your book, too bad it's in english it will take me 2 years to read it 🤣

  • Fabio Brunazzi
    on April 19, 2021, 9:11 a.m.

    Hey Glenn, I am happy to have pre-ordered your book. Can’t wait to dig into it. I put my Italian address because I don’t know where I am going to be in the world when it ships. Let me posted, maybe I can receive it somewhere else.

    All the best,

    Fabio

  • Ugo Perrin
    on April 19, 2021, 9:56 p.m.

    Commandé l'ami !! J'espère que ça va marcher pour toi, profite bien en Georgie