There is Only One Planet…

…which is enough if you do it right!!

How much of our amazing planet have you seen? How much are you planning to experience before we screw it up monumentally, or you’re physically no longer able to get out there and enjoy it?

Even for me, where the Travel Force is strong, 2015 was a busier year than most. Although mostly this was for work, which despite the “glamour” of staying in nice hotels at desired locations, is pretty much the worst type of travel. Yeah, being away from your family, unable to do anything with consistency, sucks. But still better to make an effort to see the world than to commute the same congested road every day.

Also, where I can I’ll try to grab a couple of days extra before or after the business week and rent a motorcycle, or explore a town.

2015 by the Numbers:

Last year I travelled 210 259 kms, which puts my average speed over the year at a whopping 24 km/h!

I was away from home for 108 days or 34% of the year. If we look at the working year, this shoots up to almost 50%.

This took me to 19 cities & towns in 8 countries on 4 continents (including Australia).

The most memorable trip (not to mention most memorable car purchase) has to be buying my Jeep in Perth, then driving it across Australia (4650 kms) in just 3 days over the ANZAC Holiday week-end in April.

Madness? Perhaps, but then how often in life do you get to road trip across a continent with your mates? (Answer: Very seldom indeed)

Apart from driving a Jeep insane distances in 3 days, top experiences include:

My first visit to the Grand Canyon – a friend and I took an open top Mustang whilst we were in the US for the HP TechCon conference.

Riding through the hills around San Francisco and Silicon Valley. I’ll never tire of those roads and views.

South Africa was fantastic and as expected, many fabulous experiences ensued:

Aliwal ShoalReconnecting with the universe boating to and diving Aliwal Shoal.

Meeting the kids at Dayspring Children’s Village. This is where Amanzi volunteered a couple of years ago. We were inspired and humbled. Joy has nothing to do with possession, and everything with contribution.

UntitledZebula Private Game Reserve in South Africa. My third time, and always a treat. So many experiences here – Game drives, interacting with African elephants, quad bike safaries, clay target shooting, and just chilling in the pool with wild animals saying “hi.”

UntitledSodwana Bay, where I learnt to dive in 1991, qualified countless divers as an instructor (although not as many as on Aliwal), and got another 7 dives in over the 3 days we were there. There aren’t many places you can launch a dive boat through the surf zone, snorkel with dolphins, dive with both pelagic and reef creatures, in warm (24C), clear (20m viz) water just 2 miles from shore.

#WhereAmI Heading into the OfficeManila or, more accurately, Makati. Another first, kicked off the year. Is this the most western of Asian cities? Definitely the worst airport.

So, travel.

Never has it been more affordable. No, you don’t have to fly business, or stay in hotels. AirBnb, or just friends, family, and camping will do.

You can fly, train, drive, motorcycle, sail, cycle, hell, even walk.

You can travel to far flung places, or just see more of the country you live in. But I’ll tell you this…

…your happiness is indirectly proportional to the size of your comfort zone. So get out of yours 🙂

and travel


Book Review: Drive – Dan Pink


I decided to read this book after watching Dan Pink give his TED Talk on the same subject. “What Science knows about motivation that Business doesn’t”

Like “Outliers,” this book systematically debunks myths we base our lives, not to mention our businesses, on. Rather than success(ful people) Dan tackles the subject of motivation. We all work or have worked for companies that have penalties for not adhering to policies, and incentives to drive performance. I.e. we all use the “carrot and stick” or extrinsic approach to motivating people.

Yet, as study after study show, extrinsic motivators rarely motivate us. When they do, it’s rarely sustainable. How many people hate their work, their boss, their company. How many just tolerate their work, living in the And for those that love their work, how many are truly motivated to do what they do by the bonuses or fear of repercussions?

So if extrinsic motivators aren’t the most effective way to motivate people, exactly what are the “intrinsic” motivators which are? Dan proposes 3 – Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose.

  • People work best when they have autonomy over where they work, when they work, with whom they work, and how they get the job done.
  • Individuals want to master their work. Here Dan references both “Flow” by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, as well as the 10,000 hour rule in Outliers, among other studies.
  • Finally, the best activities are those where we serve a purpose greater than ourselves.

What I loved most about the book, and which separates it from other business books of this sort, is that it doesn’t end with the “what,” but has an entire chapter on “how” to implement the learnings. There are great practical suggestions for parents, managers, business owners, and individuals.

Rog42’s Rating Index (RRI)

    Readability *****
    Novel Learning *****
    Influence of Change *****
    Overall RRI *****

Buy, Borrow, or Ignore List?

“Buy” – This is definitely a must buy book. Don’t only pop it on your reading list, but drive it to the top of the list. Then implement what you learn.