- Find something you like to do, and make a point of doing it well. If at all possible, exceptionally well. You will find you like it even more.
- If the best you can do still isn’t satisfying, invite someone to join who is better than you. Then watch and listen closely. You’ll be better next time around.
- It isn’t necessary to buy the most you can afford, but you’d be well served by buying the best you can afford. Then, take care of it as though you can never afford it again.
- Patience is not a virtue. It’s for those who can’t be bothered changing venue or tactics. When things aren’t working out precisely as you imagined, switch gears.
- Life isn’t short. In fact it’s the longest thing a human being will ever experience. There will be plenty of opportunities to exercise forethought. So practice every chance you get.
- The discrete experiences in the course of life are, however, fleeting. Relish the good ones like they’re the last you’ll have, and take note of the bad ones too. Remember both good and bad will be coming back around momentarily.
- Pay attention to details. Even those that seem trivial at the time could make the difference.
- Being prepared goes beyond the material realm. It means being knowledgeable about the conditions you will face, having a plan for engaging them, and getting a decent night’s rest so you aren’t asleep at the wheel.
- Passion does not mean obsession. The latter is nearly always one-dimensional, while the former, when embraced in conjunction with balance, will surely spill over positively into other aspects of your life.
- Learn to tell good stories. And when you’re alone, remind yourself that’s really all they are.
PS: I’d love to hear about other’s learning experiences on the water.