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Living life and learning from it.

From surviving cancer to getting abandoned in the jungles of Ecuador, I’ve faced my share of curveballs over the years. But those blunderful experiences have also taught me a lot about resilience, personal development and enjoying the many little adventures the world has to offer. Now I’m sharing the lessons I’ve learned from life’s awesome, awful and absurd moments through illustrated blogs, books, videos and more. I’m Josh Martin, and this is Badge of Awesome.

I’m excited to announce the launch of my new book, Simply Blunderful: A cancer survivor’s illustrated guide to flaming tennis balls, camping catastrophes and the many obstacles life throws our way. Order your print copy or download the free PDF version today! Learn more.

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From pandemics to tight deadlines, obstacles come in all shapes and sizes. In “More than a Coin Flip,” I draw on my personal experience with cancer to explore what it takes to tackle life’s prickly problems. The 20-minute motivational webinar offers practical advice designed to boost your resiliency in the face of adversity. Watch it.

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Inspired by my journey with cancer, I created the Overcoming Obstacles Toolkit. Here, you’ll find a growing collection of stories, advice and local resources to help you get through tough times — whether it’s a broken leg, broken heart, money troubles, global pandemics and more. Start exploring.

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Cancer reminded me that life is short and offers no guarantees — so get out there! From exotic destinations to a fun Saturday afternoon in your own neighbourhood, there’s adventure around every corner. Check out our Ideas for Adventure section for inspiration. Get going.

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Funny stories. Good advice. Like a collector of misadventure merit badges, I’ve picked up many important life skills and lessons from tripping over my own two feet. The blog is where I noodle and doodle about those experiences. Dig in.