Growing up in Zimbabwe, Miles Hilton-Barber dreamed of following in his father’s footsteps and becoming a fighter pilot. His application to join the Royal Rhodesian Air Force was declined due to failing the eyesight medical. Diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa at the age of 21, along with his brother. The genetic condition caused total loss of sight for both siblings. However, he did not let this shatter his dream.
After struggling to come to terms with the limits of his disability for 30 years, Miles’ brother, Geoff, set a world record by crossing the ocean between Africa and Australia on a solo mission, in a self-built yacht, he was the first completely blind person to do so.
This caused a shift in Miles’ perspective and taught him that his blindness should not be limiting his ability to seek out adventure and live life to the fullest. This began Miles’ journey toward setting many world records and taking part in a vast range of extreme activities across the world. Since then, he has set numerous world records, including desert and polar marathons.
Miles uses his life’s story and circumstances to deliver motivational speeches at a variety of events and conferences, where he shares his philosophies and life changing points of view, such as “the only limits in your life are those you accept yourself” and “attitude is what determines altitude!”.
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“Miles was Amazing .. everyone loved him! We found out that he was going to Amersham after our event and he wondered whether anyone could help him to London Bridge Station so that he could catch a train. As a testament to how highly he was thought of by our team, our UK Vice President, Alex, authorised a car to pick him from the event and take him to his destination (cost to us £400). I did tell him off afterwards for making my mascara run during his talk …. Alex fought hard not to squeeze out a tear also.”
Yvonne Reay-Scott – Executive Assistant to CEO and General Counsel
“That was a really inspirational talk this afternoon, it’s definitely made me think more about my attitude towards life and helped put things into perspective. Thank you for taking the time to talk to us and all the best with your future adventures.”
“How can I thank you enough for your time on Tuesday this week at Black Rock to deliver your talk and spread your amazing positive empowering vibes? It was simply breath-taking and left us all speechless, although with huge smiles and good energy.”Charlotte Nauleau – BlackRock
“Everything went really well yesterday, and Charlotte and Miles were amazing.The event was a huge success and guests were tweeting live on the night with pics and videos. The insight and experiences of both Miles and Charlotte were fantastic and so inspirational. Miles was charming and very humbling, and his words me had me on the edge of tears through the night.”
Denise Cunningham – Lloyds