Ocean Hermit – sailing, solitude and stories

My plans to retrace Captain Cook's unfinished voyage have been postponed a year while I work on the next Marine Diesel Basics book and get my new boat SV Oceandrifter ready for sea.

* How to live before you die – words from Steve Jobs (of Apple)

Ever wondered what to tell yourself and especially every younger person you know about how to live a great life? Then watch this video of Steve Jobs (creator of Apple) addressing graduating students at Standford University in which he tells three stories about life, love and death. Quick quotes (but watch the 15 minute video if you have time):

“Getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again. Less sure about everything.

Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick; don’t lose faith.

You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers.

The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.

If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking – and don’t settle.  As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.

If today were the last day of my life would I want to do what I’m about to do today? And when the answer has been “no” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything, all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure, all these things just  fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking that you have something to lose.

Death is very likely the single best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.

Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma (which is living with the results of other people’s thinking).

Don’t let the noise of other people’s opinions drown out your own inner voice.

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly what you want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Stay hungry. Stay foolish. I’ve always wished that for myself.”

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