February 20, 2017
What they do:
Alison Levine trains employees at Fortune 500 companies on risk-taking, leadership, and team building.
While finding success in the financial world, Alison continued to pursue her passion for mountain climbing.
About the business:
In 2004 she left her job as an investment manager and launched her consulting firm, Daredevil Strategies. Combining her business acumen and personal history she trains employees at major companies on risk-taking, leadership and team building. Billings top $1 million.
Do something you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life. So goes the old saying. Of course, anyone who has ever started a business based on their passion knows that, just because you’re passionate, it doesn’t mean you won’t be working your rear end off.
Last week I received an email from our friend Alison Levine at Daredevil Strategies. Alison emailed me to tell me that she had decided to return to Mount Everest, the highest mountain on Earth, and climb it again.
Alison Levine was born with a life-threatening heart condition called Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. As a teenager, her health was so unstable, that she couldn’t do many of the things that her peers took for granted. Simple things, like driving a car and climbing stairs. But Alison eventually underwent two heart surgeries. Within 18 months of her second heart surgery, Alison made up for all those lost years of climbing stairs, and she did it all at once; she climbed a mountain.