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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Power of Sharing

With absolutely clarity, I can recall the first time I shared this trip with someone outside of the crew. It was during a 2 hour car ride with some friends/co-workers to an out of office meeting that I turned to a friend named Flynn, in response to general family questions, and said, "Yeah, our family has decided to sail around the world." The car magically got quiet and another friend, Amanda, in unison with Flynn, said, "Really?" That beget a snowball of people who are aware of our quest that to this day continues to roll. Both Flynn and Amanda have become virtual crew members helping us accomplish our goal. The conversation in the car lasted an hour, but has lived with me as one of the trips defining moments; it has served as a point of resolve.

The power and value of sharing this goal publicly cannot be overstated. We've received support from around the world, and it always seems to come at the right moment. We've assembled a fantastic virtual crew that will be going along on the voyage and we love sharing with them the entire process .... going from a "traditional" family with a 4 bedroom house in suburbia to true world explorers. We cannot wait until we are sending them reports from lands afar!

Thank you virtual crew members! And, remember, never underestimate the power of sharing your goals publicly.

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