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Your child is capable. Just say yes.

Your kids are capable of more than you give them credit for. It’s us parents who limit our children. We are the ones who tell them they aren’t big enough, strong enough, or capable enough to do hard things. Think about it – have you ever met a child who thought he or she could […]

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On being stranded on a river in a raging blizzard – and why rescue services need to be free

I read with interest the story of Reza Baluchi, an ultra-marathoner trying to “run” from Florida to Bermuda in a human-powered inflatable bubble. He was rescued at sea after he signaled for help. I was captivated by the idea, and watched the videos of him creating his bubble, of testing it extensively, of taking smaller […]

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The currency of life

This post was written by the writer of the (now defunct) site, Perrys’ in Wonderland. I first read it back in 2008 and it has stayed with me ever since. Throughout the years, I have often gone back to reread these words and remind myself how important it is that we choose wisely. We only […]

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Risk taking as parents: Where’s the line when we’ve gone too far?

A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to visit the Ambri research and development laboratory. If you haven’t heard of them, I would encourage you to watch this video now, before reading on. As we toured the facilities, I was struck by the level of innovation and critical thinking that was going into their […]

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Who benefits from our culture of fear? Not us, that’s for sure.

When and how did we Americans cross the line into crazy? Why do we continue to put up with this absurdity? This rant has been building for a while now. Every time I see an article about yet another mother who was arrested for allowing her child to play in the park alone or walk […]

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Life is a gamble – and it doesn’t always go your way

You may or may not be aware of a rescue happening now on the high seas, but I’ve been gripped with this story since I heard of it. A family of four, with two small children, set out in their boat to cross the ocean. One thousand miles from the Mexican coast, their boat was […]

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Taking a gamble: Terror in Pakistan

It was 1990 when I took perhaps the biggest gamble of my life. That year I arrived into Islamabad, Pakistan with little more than a bicycle, a dream, and a man I didn’t know. I had met John through a magazine and spent a grand total of one hour chatting over a Coke at Dairy […]

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3 Steps to overcome fear and live the life of your dreams

Fear. It’s enough to stop us in our tracks. And kill dreams, unfortunately. What dream do you have? You know that dream you’ve stashed into the deepest recesses of your brain? The one you keep hidden because it scares the pants off you? Yeah, that one. I want you to pull it out, blow away […]

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31 Days to a Dream: Face your Fear

I’ve talked about fear a lot on this blog – and with good reason. Perhaps the biggest thing standing between you and your dreams is fear. It’s important to realize that fear is just a feeling and can be worked on. It will take an enormous amount of strength within to fight it off, but […]

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How to stop fear in its tracks

One of the biggest reasons why we don’t try or do something is because of our fear of it. Fear however, is often an irrational influence on our decisions. Why do I say this? I’ve worked around animals most my entire life. I’ve owned an assortment of amphibians, reptiles, snakes, insects and have worked with […]

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Sorting our rational from irrational fears

“What do you think of this?” a friend asked the other day, directing me to an online article. As soon as I clicked over I knew she didn’t even have to ask. The headline screamed: Why I Will Never Let My Daughter Ride Her Bike Alone The author, Estelle Sobel Erasmus, went on to rant […]

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AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH: How Travel & Adventure Can Help Conquer Your Fears

Today’s guest post is from Bret Love from Green Global Travel. In it, he addresses the thing that holds most people back from living their dreams – fear. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the […]

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Eating an elephant

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. How do you clean up a barn that looks like this? Exactly the same, or so I’m telling myself. This, if you ask me, is certainly one big huge hairy audacious goal. I’m feeling more than a little overwhelmed by the thought of somehow […]

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Helicopter Parenting: What are we teaching kids?

No parent wants their child to get hurt. It’s a parent’s worst nightmare to hear the wail of their child who has fallen and hurt himself, and even worse yet if there is no wail. We go to great lengths to protect our offspring from injuring themselves, but have we gone too far? Parents are […]

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It's not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves

Seven tips to overcome fear

“You’re so brave,” a friend said. “How do you overcome fear?” We, as humans, have this tendency to build up the unknown into some kind of great big monster out to slay us. We look ahead into the vast expanse of indefinite spread out before us and see it as something too big, too immense […]

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Top fears preventing people from living their dream

Fear. It’s a powerful thing. In some ways, fear is a good thing – it keeps us safe and prevents us from doing things that might harm us. It’s fear that keeps us from venturing into dangerous places and from doing things we’re not prepared for. A healthy dose of fear is a wonderful thing […]

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