How’s the weather?

Another gem from The Ocean Sailing Podcast.

The sailor with time always has good weather.

In this episode, a subscriber on a single-handed (solo) circumnavigation sat down for a conversation with a Dutch couple in the Caribbean. They spent 12 years building their own steel-hulled ship from plans while they worked in Canada—and have been sailing around the world since they finished the boat in 1996.

They’ve been around the world three times now. And they’ve never been in a storm. And why is that? Because, as Captain Jim den Hartog says, “The sailor with time always has good weather.”

They’re not in a hurry. They can always wait for ideal conditions.

You might say they just avoid any and all BS.

If you’d like to listen to three people sitting on a sailboat in the Caribbean talking about sailing around the world on a boat they made themselves, check out Episode 53: Jim den Hartog and Helen den Dekker on 22 years of cruising all over the world.

(This podcast is giving me ideas.)

Smarty Pants’ work here is done.

How did you feel about the work-life parallel framework details last week?

Did you notice how some of them seem easier than others?

Too true.

I’ve found reflection is most important, but easiest to overlook. Unpacking and reverse engineering happiness takes a special set of tools. It takes some practice—and even then it’s easy to get distracted and move on.

That’s fine. Stick with the cycle and you’ll come back ‘round in due time.

Exploration is super easy for me. I’m a crazy big idea guy. I’m always coming up with ideas. And that’s a big part of the exploration process. It’s like brainstorming.

Discovery is probably my favorite part, because it’s exciting to find a clue or finally figure something out. A lot of the stuff you’ve read from me on this front stems from discovery.

Action. This is the hardest part. At least, for me anyway. Exploring big ideas, discovering incredible opportunities—it’s too easy for my brain to latch on to that feeling of success—and then leave it at that.

Smarty Pants has figured it out. Smarty Pants work here is done.

Smarty Pants needs to check his self before he wrecks his self.

Consider this post me documenting the night I discovered just how deeply my bullshit goes in the action department. (Deep enough that the original work-life parallel framework didn’t even include action. It had to be suggested—by Chazz. Thanks again, brother.)

Reinforced by a trusted friend and professional advisor the other night.

Smarty Pants work has just begun.