Los Angeles, California

The Adventurers’ Club of Los Angeles gave me a warm welcome last night. I was there to talk about my Atlantic adventure. The theme of my talk was my new pet theory: that the gap between your plan and reality is the gap where you learn.

If adventures went completely, utterly, perfectly according to plan, there wouldn’t be any point in leaving your desk. You’d already have lived your adventure in your imagination, and the experience itself would add nothing. It’s the surprises, random events and muck-ups that give you an opportunity to learn. They are what makes it an adventure.

By that definition, my Atlantic experience was a very big adventure indeed.

[Photo: me with Dr Steve Bein, who arranged my speaking engagement in LA]

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