Last night I finished reading Adrian Gilpin’s book, [%B00030US2C* Unstoppable: the pathway to living an inspired life%a], a present from my old rowing buddy Dee.

Great stuff  a useful summary of what I learned from the books I read during my retreat in Sligo last March. And thankfully British as well, so without all the Californian claptrap.

A couple of quotes that rang especially true  the first one reminds me of my bad old days as a management consultant:

While I had been climbing up the ladder of success [although, in my case, I didnt get much beyond the first rung], it had been leaning firmly up against the wrong wall.

And another one, more relevant to my current Atlantic rowing project:

There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.
[Napoleon Hill]

Burning desire  blimey. But it’s got to be. Rowing an ocean isn’t the kind of thing you decide on because you can’t think of anything better to do for a couple of months.

Burning desire  that’s what’s getting me down to the gym twice a day, made me quit smoking (2 weeks and counting) and gets my enthusiasm fired up before I make my pitch to a sponsor.

Burning desire  bit of a corny phrase, vaguely reminiscent of Mills & Boon, but don’t knock it. It works.

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