“Never enough” – a challenging quote

Just read the first chapter of Brené Brown's challenging book "Daring Greatly." She quotes this extremely compelling paragraph from Lynne Twist: “For me, and for many of us, our first waking thought of the day is "I didn’t get enough sleep." The next one is "I don't...

Sneak preview of my new film

Sneak preview of the opening of my new film (about a solo walk across the world's second biggest sand desert- this is Rough Cut...

Summary of Dan & Chip Heath’s new book, The Power of Moments

Recently read Dan & Chip Heath’s latest book, The Power of Moments. It’s about how we usually leave the defining moments of life to chance, but there are in fact intentional ways we can CREATE defining moments. Here are my top takeaways: -Powerful moments usually come...

Have you written down the names of 3-5 people you’d like to spend more time with this year?

Jim Rohn (the motivational speaker) famously noted that we’re the average of the five people we spend most time with. This applies to our development as human beings, and also reminds us to be intentional with our professional development. Early in my adventuring days, I spent a lot of time with Alastair Humphreys. We both now make a living from speaking and writing about adventure (though neither of us planned that originally).

This year, to help develop my business in the best way possible, I just wrote down three people who I know will help:

1. My speaking mentor: last year he taught me so much, unbelievably helpful!

2. A speaking peer: great for fun, brainstorming, and holding me accountable to good practice.

3. My business coach: an hour with my coach is expensive – but the money spent pays me back 5-10 times over. I should hang out with him more!

Writing down these names has focused me, and made me much more likely to see them.

Have you written down 3-5 people you want to spend more time with this year?


N.B. It’s also really important to think about this question for our personal lives, but in this blog I’m considering it for our  professional lives.