Get comfortable with being uncomfortable – the story of a 23-year-old tradie who put his body ‘through hell and back 10 times’ to prove that anything is possible when you break past your own barriers.
Nedd Brockmann isn’t afraid to dream big. Fresh after running fifty marathons in fifty days, the twenty-three-year-old had an idea: a 4000-kilometre run across Australia, averaging 100 kilometres per day with the aim of completing it in the fastest known time of 43 days. He wasn’t chasing fame or public recognition. He just wanted to test his limits and raise a million dollars for homelessness in the process.
Most said he was crazy, others claimed it couldn’t be done. But those who know Nedd knew never to doubt him. They understood that this is someone who will do whatever it takes to finish what he started, and that when he commits his mind to something, he always gets it done.
Understanding the mindset of someone predisposed to such feats of voluntary suffering has been nearly impossible – until now. With his trademark humour and unfiltered style, Nedd recalls the lessons learned on sporting fields that cultivated discipline, the setbacks that tested his resolve, and the relationships that proved most important of all: those who instilled the importance of hard work, of never giving up, and to always give back generously.
Nedd Brockmann is a 24-year-old sparky from Central West NSW who, at 23, became the fastest ever Australian to run across Australia. It was an incredible effort averaging over 80 kms a day for the nearly 4,000 km run. He embarked on the run to challenge himself, but also wanted to use the opportunity to raise money for homeless charity Mobilise. During his run, his daily Instagram updates captured the hearts and minds of Australia, culminating in an iconic moment at the finish line on Bondi Beach where more than 10,000 people welcomed him home in an emotional finish that will be remembered for years. Nedd’s relentless focus on never giving up by just showing up has inspired thousands across the nation to take on new challenges, big and small!
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia (October 4, 2023)
Length: 352 pages
Raves and Reviews
‘Nedd is an absolute legend with a heart of gold. His run was spectacular and all the money he raised for the homeless was incredible. What a champion.’
– Jimmy Barnes
‘Among the many athletes pushing the outer envelope of human possibility, Nedd Brockmann stands alone – a young man who exudes a unique enthusiasm for life and rare authenticity that have made him a hero to millions of people across the world. In Showing Up, Nedd shares life lessons learned from his attempt to become the fastest man to traverse Australia on foot. Relatable with a dash of self-effacing humour sure to connect with a new generation, this book is a must read for anyone looking to extend their limitations and touch greatness in all aspects of life.’
– Rich Roll, bestselling author of Finding Ultra
‘When I chose to become a mother I believed it was my job to nurture these little people to become resilient, contributing and empathetic members of society. I think this book is my report card.’
– Kylie Brockmann, Nedd’s mum
‘To double down on the present when there is only pain takes a Neddy-calibre heart. Unique lessons from a young man’s perspective.’
– Tom Hunt, close friend of Neddy
‘If you need to feel inspired and motivated, to step out of your comfort zone and see what you are truly made of, this is the book for you. Nedd is one of a kind. If only we could bottle his heart, humour, grit and determination and take a daily dose.’
– Carrie Bickmore, Australian television presenter