If you head out to the ocean, you never know what to expect. If you don’t take the chance, you will never know.   Martin Stromberg, Sailor.

Opportunity is manufactured.  Biz Stone, Co-founder Twitter.

 The only requirement for saying yes all the time is a great sense of adventure.  Amory Ross, On Board Reporter.

Adventure is just bad planning.  Roald Amundsen, Explorer.

Sometimes the hard way is not just the best way. It is the only way.  Lewis Pugh, Ocean Advocate..

To young men contemplating a voyage, I would say go.  Joshua Slocum, First Person To Sail Around The World.

Don’t overbrain things to the point of inaction.  Jack Welch, Ex CEO General Electric.

The person who goes furthest is generally the one willing to do and dare.  Dale Carnegie, Writer.

Inspired By

Be honest. Given the chance, who would you happily swap places with?

The person who goes off on amazing adventures, whilst also running their own successful business? The individual who discovers a mid-life mission and turns 90 degrees to face a completely new challenge? The 70 something year old former maths teacher who took up sailing and became the oldest person to sail solo non stop around the world?

You may not have heard of them, precisely because they talk less and do more….

which is why I am inspired to track them down and to meet some of these intriguing individuals to ask about their motivations, their backgrounds and how they manage to lead lives less ordinary.

The resultant video interviews will be posted here for all of us to draw inspiration for our own challenges whatever they may be.

Joint Ventures

In an excellent sailing and business book entitled “The Billionaire and The Mechanic,” Larry Ellison (the owner of Oracle) was quoted as saying he looks for fun work with interesting people.

I couldn’t put it better myself. Having worked in corporates, start ups, on my own and everything in between, it seems to me little beats the fun and productivity of small teams working towards common goals.

If you feel the same way and could do with some help, or just a chat to bat ideas around, I would love to hear from you.

Project X

Accompanying a photo of an injured, exhausted sailor in the Volvo Ocean Race’s Race Village were the words “If Your Dream Doesn’t Scare You It Isn’t Big Enough.”

And as I stood watching the 7 teams preparing to depart on a 9 month race around the world, I tried to remember the last time I felt truly alive and scared at the same time. It was, quite possibly, on a road trip through Colombia when stopped by gun toting rebels. And that was many years ago.

So it is time to research and plan for a Project X. A hugely fun and challenging project of an adventure. One that means getting expedition fit, putting a team together, working out how to finance it, planning it and doing it.

In the meantime, it would be rude not to enjoy some smaller adventures along the way.

@saskiaclark118 @DinghyShow So true. Despite what you may have heard, you don't need to be a red trouser wearing mu… https://t.co/x1mfBdHyVl
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@jamesmforrest @bizofadventure Yes. Very necessary where multi million dollar budgets and multinational sponsorship is concerned!

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