3 Great Books You May Not Have Heard Of, That Prove You Can Mix Business And Adventure.
Whether you dream of crossing oceans in a hot air balloon or hosting The America’s Cup at your local boat club, these books show how such wild dreams can be achieved. Most are not professional adventurers by any means and have at least part funded their incredible feats through their own businesses.
So the next time someone tells you to choose between your career and play, may I recommend you give them one of these books?
If you are into adventure, you have probably heard of Steve Fosset. The ex owner of a financial trading company and now sadly deceased, Steve set over 115 world records in 5 sports. He was the first person to fly solo and non stop around the world in a balloon.
Though Steve is the “conductor” in this book, I have included it as the real story is that of the “orchestra,” without which few of his record attempts would have taken place let alone succeeded. Here, the orchestra includes small family companies that develop innovative products, individuals who take time out of their kitchen equipment supply company and friends and family who volunteer to keep record attempts going from the ground.
All share in some fantastically crazy schemes without having to contribute huge sums of money.
The Reverend Bob Shepton is someone who I would have loved to have been my school chaplain. In an era before teachers became obliged to wear a high visibility jacket to cross the road, Bob has inspired hundreds of children to undertake expeditions with him, achieving feats they would never have thought possible.
A keen climber and yachtsman, he has sailed over 130,000 miles and has over 100 first ascents to his credit. With a military and teaching background, Bob shows how we can all lead an incredibly adventurous and fulfilling life, without winning the lottery or selling a successful business first.
His yacht is far from luxurious and would be one of the least expensive in a typical south coast marina but I can guarantee it will have travelled the farthest.
Sometimes you read 312 pages without pausing. For me, reading this book is one of those occasions. As someone who loves sailing but who does not co-own a company with the value of Oracle, I was intrigued to discover the inner workings of an America’s Cup Campaign (for non sailors, the America’s Cup is sailing’s equivalent to Formula 1 motorsport – high tech and extremely expensive to participate in).
The reason I so highly recommend this book is not however for reading about billionaires throwing hundreds of millions at ego driven projects, but because of a car radiator mechanic called Norbert Bajurin. He is central to the book’s campaign and you would be forgiven for thinking his role to be one of fiction.
If ever I have read a book that shows how hard work and creating your own luck can make a seemingly impossible dream come true, this is it.