Hardcover: 233 pages

Publisher: Eye Books; Reprint edition (6 April 2009)

ISBN-13: 978-1903070628

Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 17.8 cm

Ten Lessons From the Road

Alastair Humphreys

£9.99

Alastair Humphreys spent four years traveling around the world on his bicycle, a journey that covered 46,000 miles and five continents. During his trip he gave motivational talks and received thousands of emails to his website in which people asked what kept him going through the low-points on his journey. Collected here are the sources of Alastair’s inspiration, including affirming quotes, insights, and unique photographs. As this inspirational resource shows, the lessons he learned while on the road can be applied to any goal in life. Inspirational for those looking to break from the mundane – brief yet captivating life lessons and suggestions from an experienced writer of two other books, Humphreys’ engaging, sometimes brutal, sometimes comic style is above all a call to arms… The first great adventure of the new millennium.

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Quitting is not an option (but failure is)

Congratulations! You’ve overcome the pessimism and inertia. You’re in motion. The hardest part is over. But getting out on the road and beginning the journey does not mean the difficulties are over. Nothing worth doing is achieved lightly and there will be plenty of rough patches ahead. You need to be able to balance a hunger for success with a  sanguine, uninhibited approach to the possibility of failure.

Think like a Goldfish

Although we need to think big and bold in coming up with our goals, it’s not a good idea to think too often about the far-off destination. I found the journey to be far more manageable if I adopted the memory span of a goldfish, thinking only about the next minute step I needed to take to keep moving in the direction of the ultimate destination. If we only think as far ahead as the next faltering step, every journey is manageable.

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Extracts

Quitting is not an option (but failure is)

Congratulations! You’ve overcome the pessimism and inertia. You’re in motion. The hardest part is over. But getting out on the road and beginning the journey does not mean the difficulties are over. Nothing worth doing is achieved lightly and there will be plenty of rough patches ahead. You need to be able to balance a hunger for success with a  sanguine, uninhibited approach to the possibility of failure.

Think like a Goldfish

Although we need to think big and bold in coming up with our goals, it’s not a good idea to think too often about the far-off destination. I found the journey to be far more manageable if I adopted the memory span of a goldfish, thinking only about the next minute step I needed to take to keep moving in the direction of the ultimate destination. If we only think as far ahead as the next faltering step, every journey is manageable.

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ABOUT

Alastair Humphreys

Alastair Humphreys is an adventurer, blogger, author and motivational speaker. He produces a monthly newsletter with the highlights of the blog and important expedition news.

As well as expeditions such as cycling round the world, walking across India and rowing the Atlantic, Alastair was named as a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for his pioneering work on the concept of microadventures, trying to encourage people to get outside, get out of their comfort zone, go somewhere they’ve never been. A microadventure is an adventure that is close to home, cheap, simple, short, and yet very effective.

Alastair has written five books about his adventures. He is very well-regarded as a motivational speaker for corporate events and schools.

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