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Life's Great Adventure (Youniversal Adventure Club) Paperback – 8 Mar 2012
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About the Author
When it comes to Deri Llewellyn-Davies, the phrase suited and booted takes on a new meaning. As the UK s leading authority on bringing strategy alive, Deri spends his days in a pinstriped three-piece and his spare time climbing the highest summits in the world wearing some of the biggest boots in the world (just one of his extreme exploits). Deri loves business and adventure in equal measure and the same motivation underpins both: a fascination with life and a curiosity that always leads him to ask, Why? or more importantly, Why not, as he believes anything is possible. Deri is part way through a self-styled Global Adventurer s Grand Slam something he created aged 30 when an injury sustained during an international tournament ended his rugby career. Having completed the Marathon des Sables (the toughest thing he ll ever do) and climbed five of the world s highest summits, Deri has only two more mountains, both Poles, an Iron Man and a jungle marathon to go...though the biggest challenge will be leaving his wife and daughters behind for extended periods. Life s Great Adventure is the first book in Deri s Inspired Adventure series. He will take you on a journey through many of his adventures in business and extreme sports, but you will not merely be a passenger! Through his YOUniversal Thinking Process you will discover your adventurous side and break through the comfort zones in your life...
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In Life's Great Adventure you get to follow Deri on a journey of discovery about his passion, the value and folly of self-confidence, learning about fear, and doing what you believe in. In between are interspersed a lot of great, very human, storytelling (for example you'll learn more than you ever wanted to about going to the toilet 6km up a mountain), and some searching questions that - if you let them - will really help guide you towards finding your path.
I've no interest in mountains but Deri's book has certainly helped me find the foothills of my passions.
The focus is on the authors own journey as he develops his interest in endurance sports and mountaineering, going from Mr Average in ability to climbing the worlds highest mountain. By his own admission if he can do it so can anyone. Each chapter charts his personal development in his quest to climb the 7 highest peaks in the world and lays bare his successes, failures, learnings and growth. At the end of each chapter the author urges the reader to reflect on their own challenges and how they can be realised.
At the very least I found this book to be a thoroughly enjoyable read. As a 'How to' guide to get started (slowly slowly) in Mountaineering or any endurance sport no matter what your current ability I would highly recommend this as a starting point. However, use the book as it is intended and it just might change your life.
Sometimes a year goes by and nothing really happened. It's the times when we let go and let life move us forwards that the memorable things happen. This book is a great reminder to do the things that scare you, but feels like the right thing to do. There are many times where I have choosen to be adventurous, but also many times when I have let fear drive me away. I enjoy this book as a reminder to do things in life and Deri is a great example of people who dares to do and comes through stronger and better because of it.