How can you start today? I know you have an idea bubbling just under the surface. A book, a trip, a climbing project, a business. Why have you held back? What are you avoiding? What are you afraid of? No, really. What are you actually afraid of?

Perhaps you’ve been telling yourself that your busy, that you’ll make time this evening or this weekend to work on it. Or maybe you’ve been repeating that “now is just not the right time”. But you get home from work and you’re tired, there are kids to feed and bathe, and oh, there’s another season of that show you love and you just can’t help but watch 4 episodes in a row.

The truth is, there isn’t a “right” time to do anything. There is only now. Too often we trick ourselves into believing that our own projects need to be born into this world perfect or need to dazzle others right off the blocks. But the most successful of us know that the most critical part is just starting.

So… What can you do today? How can you break free of your self-imposed constraints and through your lizard brain under the bus? Get out there. Do it. Tell yourself whatever you need to but act, don’t just think about acting and don’t just talk about acting because as Mark Twight says, Talk – Action = Zero.

Joan Mulloy has spent most of her life on the water. From her first memory of sailing–which is absolutely hilarious–to her decision to give up a good job and a relationship to become a professional sailor, Joan’s story is one of constantly taking the path less traveled. Joan is currently the fleet captain at The Offshore Academy in Cowes on the Isle of Wight and is preparing for a solo sailing campaign which she hopes leads her to sailing in the solo, nonstop, race around the world that is the Vendee Globe in 2020.

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Life is short. Really short. Stop for a moment and think about that. You will die, and probably sooner than you expect. I know what most of you are thinking. It’s scary. There will be so many things that you’ll never get to do. So many people you’ll never get to meet. But think on it a little longer. Let the thought in. Let it roll around in your mind. You might need to go away for a while and come back later. That’s ok. I’ll still be here.

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Welcome, welcome. Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to proudly introduce the very first episode of Lives of Adventure. As I mention in the episode itself, this is an experiment. I have some hypotheses that I’m trying to prove but in order to do so I need your help! I need Feedback. I’ve capitalized “Feedback” to remind everyone that good Feedback isn’t cheerleading, it’s not about playing nice and hearing your mother’s voice in your head (“If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”). If you have any suggestions on how I can improve this podcast, guests that I should talk to, or if you just hate the sound of my voice please let me know. Remember, I’m conducting an experiment. You won’t hurt my feelings. I promise.

So, without further ado, let’s get to the episode. I hope you enjoy it.

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