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.
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.