Suggestions for the e-Course
In your e-course concerning hints and tips on becoming a successful adventurer, traveler, gold prospector, etc., before you delve into some more "technical" issues, I would gladly see subjects concerning "humble" beginnings.
In particular, I would like to see the following questions/issues covered:
1. What does it take, apart from intention/dream, to be successful in this "profession"? I can hardly call it a profession, it is more passion than anything else.
2. Sources of financing of first trips/expeditions. Before you were successful enough to be able to publish your books (e-books) and e-courses, and sell other stuff related to your travels, adventures and finds, how did you cope with funding your expeditions? How did you fund your VERY FIRST expedition?
Any hints for adventurers, travelers, seekers who dream of their own expedition? Would you say that amassing enough wealth to cover all expedition costs is a painstaking process of many years, or are there ways of doing it relatively quickly?
3. Travels/expeditions and the family/significant others. You may have read about Nina, Colonel Percy H Fawcett's wife.
Or you may have heard about how the girlfriend/fiancee of a South African, Riaan Manser, waited patiently for him first when he was circumnavigating Africa on a bike (which took him in excess of two years), and later when he was circumnavigating Madagascar on a kayak (which took him less than one year).
We hear now and then of stories of women who "allowed" their boyfriends/fiances/husbands/sons to fulfil their great dream of good, complete life.
But then there are also other women (as well as men) among the family or friend circles who, to put it very mildly, not only are against any lengthy expeditions (longer, than, say, a month to two), but will try to find a way of "convincing". How does a potential or current traveller/discoverer/prospector cope with that?
Are conflicts of interest unavoidable? Are those who succeed in exploration and discovery necessarily doomed to loneliness as extensive travels put their own financial, physical, spiritual, mental demands and expectations, whereas family members (who may be in need of you) put their own demands and expectations?
Stan's response: Its great to hear from you Wojtek. It has been a while. I love your questions. I think they get right to the heart of the matter. I will be sure to cover all of these points in the e-course. As we progress, always feel free to add more questions and issues into our discussion.