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The Great Discontent


Here’s what you need for a superb website: excellent design complementing top notch content.

That’s why I love The Great Discontent site.

So I was really honoured when they interviewed me recently. I’m not the usual sort of person they interview so it’s fun to be on there.

I talked about cycling round the world, beginning to turn adventure into my career, my advice for people wanting to do the same and how devoting your days to something you love is a path to frustration and dis-satisfaction rather than gentle bliss…

…In terms of being creative, it’s important to have a diverse set of skills in order to make a living from adventures. As a kid, I loved reading books, and if you read enough books, then you get into a position of being able to write books, which I’ve done. Later, I became interested in photography when I realized that having lovely pictures to accompany the talks I gave would help my adventuring career. I took a photography course and focused on improving my photography until the invention of the DSLR, specifically the Canon 5D Mark II, which did HD video as well as photos. As soon as that camera came out, I decided that it was a chance to teach myself how to make films as well. I had never been interested in filming my stories because it seemed obtrusive to the experience: the journey has always been the primary thing. However, since the DSLR camera was part of the kit I would be taking with me anyway, it seemed like a chance to jump to the front of a new trend rather than just tagging along behind it. That camera was the most expensive thing I had ever bought in my life, and it seemed far too expensive to be taking down rivers and banging on the side of mountains, but it was worth it. I’ve come to love the video, and it really adds to my storytelling…

You can read the full interview on  The Great Discontent site.

You can also back them on Kickstarter – they’re making a print version which will look great!

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  1. One of the best interviews I ever read. The interviewer asked great questions and you responded very well. Adventurers, micro-adventurers, and non-adventurers can all relate to this.

  2. Alan Hardy Posted

    Very good and interesting interview. One of the things I find interesting in life is how you can come across different people from different directions and quickly realise the people you tend to like appreciate the same things. i.e As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning and For Whom The Bell Tolls are up there in my top ten books of all time. I just thought I would share that with you !



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