The Courage To Be True To Yourself

“A Buddha is a Buddha, a Krishna is a Krishna, and you are you. And you are not in any way less than anybody else. Respect yourself, respect your own inner voice and follow it.” — Osho   According to Bronnie Ware, a hospice nurse and author of “The Top Five... read more

The Courage To Be Your Greatest Self

“I choose to experience the grandest version of the greatest vision ever I had about Who I Am.” —Neale Donald Walsch, Conversations with God, Book 3     “Who do you think you are?”   In our culture, that question tends to be confrontational. It implies... read more

The Courage to Say No

It can be very hard to say No, especially if we like to please people. Too often, our default is to say a compliant, people-pleasing Yes. But every time we say Yes to one thing, we are saying No to something else, because we have a limited number of hours in our day,... read more

The Courage to Change

I’m kicking off a new season of blog posts, on the subject of COURAGE. And I’d like to ask for your help. I’m embarking on a new book on this very subject, so I’m using these blogs to pilot my ideas. I’d love to get your feedback. Agree?... read more

Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life

To round off my series of lessons learned on the ocean (which started on February 11th with The Retrospective Perspective) , we’re ending on a lighter note. I had a special playlist for extreme emergencies, and it consisted of just one song: Always Look On The Bright... read more

Be Your Own Best Friend

There were many days on the ocean – just about all of them, in fact – when I disappointed myself. I wasn’t enjoying it as much as I had wanted to, I wasn’t rowing as many hours as I’d planned to, I still felt like I was faking it rather than making it as an... read more

Making It Hard To Quit

One of the really great things about rowing across oceans is that it is logistically very difficult to quit. Once you’ve set out into the prevailing wind, you rapidly reach the point of no return, as any attempt to row back to land would require you to row into the... read more

Authoring Your Own Life

I took my first adventure – a 3-month trip to Peru – when I was 34 years old, and I was terrified. I can remember how I felt on the flight to Lima – damp of palm and wobbly of courage. I had never travelled as a back-packer before. I’d never been to South America... read more

Seeing The Bigger Picture

On my way across the Pacific from San Francisco to Papua New Guinea I had to cross the Equator, which presented me with three major challenges. First, it was unbelievably hot. A few degrees north of the Equator you enter the doldrums, so the wind dies and the sun... read more