Innovation Born from Adversity: Tom Dixon talks about his No Barriers Story

“You have to re-convince everybody that you can do basically anything, after a brain injury.

So it’s a lot of re-establishing your identity, re-establishing your independence,

and as a young man, you know, I was twenty-six when I was hit by the car.

I already had established my independence, becoming a young adult

and now I had to do it all over again.”


The text above is how my episode for the No Barriers Podcast begins, an introduction taken from segments in the interview itself.

“Innovation Born from Adversity: Tom Dixon Talks about his No Barriers Story”


It remains my pleasure to know Erik Weihenmayer and the whole team at No Barriers, involving myself in their Summits. Lindsey and I are pictured here with Erik. I tell people that Erik is an “extreme adventurer”, seeing as he was the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest, and ten years ago he had completed the Seven Summits (having reached the highest point on every continent).

Much of the joy in my life comes from being personable. I had introduced myself to Erik at a talk he was giving in Philadelphia, sharing my own circumstances and our vision for ME.mory. We have met across the country since then, and the potential for further collaboration remains.

This podcast interview is one of the best I have been involved in, given how much depth is in it. We go so deeply into the rationale for ME.mory, how our members have taken it upon themselves to utilize ME.mory, the nature of my memory deficits, and how I intend to publish my memoir (with a current title of) “I’m Sorry… That’s Awesome!”.

Given how we spoke for nearly forty minutes, this piece just grounds listeners into my present circumstances so well.

Truly, one of my favorite interviews. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do. Let me know what you think.

Until next time!