Embrace Uncertainty

Learn to Embrace Uncertainty to Find True Success in Life

A week ago, I had the awesome privilege to attend the private screening of Chris Burkard's new documentary called "Under An Arctic Sky". Chris is known for his adventure photography that has taken him to farthest expanses of earth. I first came to know Chris through his Instagram. He inspires me and others to create a personal crusade against the mundane.


Many of the great and successful people I have met in life discover their talents and align them with their passions. This alignment with hard work catapults them forward on a life mission to do great work and inspire others to do the same. This is true for Chris who has worked hard for many years to arrive at a career of doing what his loves.

Below is the trailer to "Under An Arctic Sky"

Do you want to see the film? It's awesome. Here are the current film tour stops for "Under An Arctic Sky". View tour stops here.

Anything worth doing holds some level of uncertainty
— Chris Burkard

Who is Chris Burkard?

"Chris Burkard is an accomplished explorer, photographer, creative director, speaker, and author. Traveling throughout the year to pursue the farthest expanses of Earth, Burkard works to capture stories that inspire humans to consider their relationship with nature, while promoting the preservation of wild places everywhere.

Layered by outdoor, travel, adventure, surf, and lifestyle subjects, Burkard is known for images that are punctuated by untamed, powerful landscapes. Through social media chris strives to share his vision of wild places with millions of people, and to inspire them to explore for themselves."

Source - chrisburkard.com

Embrace Uncertainty

During a Q&A session before the film, Chris discussed the importance of embracing uncertainty in life. He said, "As you embrace uncertainty and step to the edge of what others deem impossible, you move past your limits and find what's truly possible. You'll create new energy that will help you deliver your greatest work."

Chris talked about his personal crusade to step out of the mundane. As I sat there and listened, I felt inspired to embrace uncertainty and not let fear stand in the way of my dreams. He challenged each of us to take the risk and step out of the mundane. He said, "Anything that is worth pursuing is going to require us to suffer, just a little bit."

Tips to Embrace Uncertainty and Be Successful

I learned these simple truths from Chris Burkard. 

1. Anything worth doing holds some level of uncertainty.
2. Create a personal crusade against the mundane.
3. Most of the greatest adventures start with a wrong turn. 
4. Uncertainty becomes certainty as you break through the fear.
5. Embracing uncertainity requires patience, faith, and hard work.

Most of the greatest adventures start with a wrong turn
— Chris Burkard

Under An Arctic Sky Film

Then we watched his documentary, "Under An Arctic Sky". This documentary was backed by thousands of supporters on Kickstarter. What an awesome film. The movie captures the experiences of six surfers who travel to Iceland to surf remote and frozen waters. It was awesome to experience the stoke of the surfers as they would arrive to ice covered shores and see perfect swells in the distance—their happiness made me happy.

Always since the beginning of time, it’s been imperative for human growth to get outside your comfort zone. To challenge yourself.
— Chris Burkard

The film also does a great job capturing the concept of embracing uncertainty. The team set out with big goals and many of them where uncertain. They set sail in a boat to travel to the north of Iceland to surf remote swells. In the middle of their journey, the worst storm in twenty-five years hit Iceland. This put a detour in their plans, but they made the best of it.

My favorite part of the film was a night time photo shoot of surfers under the northern lights. It was awesome to see the surfers collaborate and work with Chris to capture amazing images underneath the northern lights—inspiring.

Shout out to Brainstorm and Derek Adams for hosting Chris Burkard and Ben Weiland. Also, a big shout out to the Chris Burkard Studios team and the surfers in this inspiring film. Thanks for following your passions and sharing your adventure with us. I'm stoked to be better by embracing uncertainty.

Thank you!


Burke Alder and Chris Burkard

What did I capture the pictures with?

Shot using the Canon 6D with the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM.