12 Peaks to Summit the Second Mountain

Mastering 12 Habits & Qualities

The first mountain is all about succeeding in business, but the second mountain is of far greater value; it's about succeeding in life.

JD Messinger explains why you should care


Learn the 12 Habits of Authentic People 

And their Associated Qualities & Powers for Breakthrough Performance 


Here’s What You’ll Discover

Secret #1 Balance the Head & The Heart

The greatest challenge we all face.

Secret #2 Align the Inner & Outer Game

Congruency is the key to succeeding in life.

Secret #3 Fearless & Bold Action

Conquering fears releases our true self.

The 12 Habits & Qualities

We succeed in life by mastering 3 habits and qualities in the 4 Quadrants of our existence: Mental, spiritual, physical, and practical.

Detailed 12 Habits and Qualities

Expand Thinking & Focus

Be Present & Determined

Be Mindful & Willful

Know Thyself & Connect

Heal Thyself & Be Optimistic

Discover Gifts, Powers & Believe


Transmute Fear & Be Courageous

Believe Gifts, Powers, & Harness Grit

Ignite Pass & Be Resilient

Fulfill Purpose & Succeed

Celebrate & Be Autonomous

Unleash Gifts, Powers & Grow


Hi, I’m Brendan Cusick


And I know how to summit peaks. As a mountaineer, I have summited  hundreds of peaks. I know what it is like to apply these 12 habits and qualities directly in success of climbing a mountain. For over 2 decades I pursued and successfully climbed some the highest mountains on earth. I learned the importance of applying the essential qualities to these climbs in support of strong habits. Today I continue to apply these habits in my growth and capabilities as a human, as a mountain athlete, a father, a husband and a coach. I believe that the application of these 12 habits and essential qualities open us up to fully succeeding on the second mountain; personally and professionally.


A Message from Brendan Cusick


Frequently Asked Questions

The program is designed for the person who not only wants to succeed in business, but succeed in life. Meaning, someone who wants to achieve greater self mastery, improve relationships, greater health and vitality, explore their passionate why, to live a more energized life with greater purpose and meaning. 


You will be guided by a pair of indomitable spirits who have experienced tragedy and triumph. The words "failure" and "impossible" are not in their personal dictionary.


Who is JD Messinger?

  • Former EY Partner & CEO
  • US Navy nuclear submarine officer
  • Valdez, SARs, 911 Crisis Response Leader
  • Inventor world's first multimedia eBook
  • Creator, Producer, Host #1 Radio and TV shows
  • 5-Time Award winning and #1 Amazon bestselling author of 11 Days in May 

Learn more at JDMessinger.com


Who is Brendan Cusick?

  • Mountaineer and guide
  • Certified Human Potential Coach (CHPC), Human Potential Institute
  • Mindfulness practitioner
  • Environmental, health and safety specialist

Learn more at Summit Energy Coaching

Each month we review one of the 12 Habits and associated essential quality, then we discuss and apply them to your daily life. Members have access to a knowledge library and a private discussion community.

Participants will discover the secrets to unleashing their full potential, shattering limiting beliefs, conquering fears, and in the end, become a more authentic, congruent, and fearless person.


Participants meet three times a month for one hour and agree to our code of conduct.


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