|Welcome! If you’re not familiar with who I am, or my work, I’ve been a writer, author, editor, pilot, and adventurer for the past 20 years. I also do a fair amount of public speaking, based on my adventures and the life lessons I’ve learned from them.
What is adventure?
Adventure is something I talk about a lot. But when I talk and write about adventure, I don’t necessarily mean physical experiences like flying, mountain climbing or explorations to polar ice caps.
I’ve been a pilot for over 20 years, and I’ve had many physical adventures—from wreck diving in the South Pacific and climbing mountains to flying relief supplies into conflict zones in Africa and traveling to the edges of space. But adventure is much bigger than all that. It’s what happens any time you step out of what’s known and comfortable into new and uncharted territory, where nothing is known, but anything is possible.
Adventure is starting a new business, adjusting to unexpected life changes, or surviving uncertainty in a challenging circumstances and times. Adventure is what I do whenever I try to explore a complex topic from a new and different angle, or explore life through someone else’s eyes. In short, adventure is embracing change, learning, and new ways of looking at or experiencing the world.
So choosing an adventurous path in life means cultivating the heart and soul of an explorer on a lifelong quest for meaning, learning, and joy. Even if that means finding your own way, creating an unusual career or life track, or learning to rely on yourself for your security.
Twenty years ago, I quit my nice, safe, corporate marketing job that paid well but didn’t make me happy, and set out in search of a more meaningful career and life as a writer, pilot, and explorer of people and places around the world. Since then, I may not have known exactly what my income was going to be, but I’ve had the privilege of a rich, happy, and rewarding journey that I wouldn’t trade for the world.
On occasion, I’ve ended up with more adventure than I bargained for, and I know—all too well—what fear feels like. But I’ve learned how to battle it and come out stronger on the other side. I also know what it is to feel 100% alive.
But the adventures that excite me most are the ones still to come. The world is an infinitely fascinating and changing place, the humans who populate it are endlessly complex, and one lifetime is far too short to even begin to learn and experience all there is to know. I continue, however, to give it my best effort!
You can find my work in a number of places:
No Map. No Guide. No Limits.
The blog also has a cool “Resources” section with some good links, articles, books and organizations for anyone contemplating taking the uncharted road in their life. Worth checking out!
I’m also in the process of getting a book manuscript—Surviving Uncertainty: Taking a Hero’s Journey—published, and I’m working on a book about passion. Stay tuned for updates on those projects!
I encourage you to explore both this site and my blog—and please contact me with any thoughts, questions, or feedback.
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