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When I was in college, I decided I wanted to sail around the world on my own sailboat. But before I could set sail, I had a few other challenges. There was medical school, residency training to become an eye surgeon, starting a family, and working in Arabia to earn enough Freedom Chips for a sailing voyage. I also had to learn something about sailing because I had never set my foot on a sailboat.

If I was going to make it happen, I had to continually move forward and shed my limiting beliefs.

Earning the Freedom Chips was the easy part. Shedding my limiting beliefs was the hard part.

Arabia is one of the best places on planet earth to shed limiting beliefs.

In Arabia you live in a parallel universe in which the rules and regulations that apply to the Saudis don't apply to you. At the same time, you live beyond the reach of your own culture half a world away.

Arabia provides the opportunity to construct a life of your own choosing without other people telling you what you can and cannot do. You get to shed all the limiting beliefs programmed into you by your culture, parents, society, and government. That is precisely why the expatriate lifestyle has so much appeal to people who want to live their dreams. After they shed their limiting beliefs, they build their new life thought by thought.

By the time you are eighteen years old, your culture has loaded you up with a backpack full of limitations that you are supposed to cheerfully carry through life. You didn't select any of those limitations, and it's now up to you decide whether or not you want to carry that backpack.

The instant you become an expatriate, you have the option of jettisoning the backpack.

You travel faster and farther when you travel light without limiting beliefs. That is not to say you are out of control. You are simply starting over and carefully choosing limitations that make sense to you without other people looking over your shoulder and choosing limitations for you. It's up to you to decide what you want to put in that backpack if anything at all.

Once you shed your limiting beliefs, you must start moving forward.

Shedding limiting beliefs is a waste of time if you don't move forward. Without forward movement, you remain where you are in Nowhere Land.

You can shed all your limiting beliefs and fill your backpack with empowering ones, but until you move forward nothing good happens.The rubber hits the road when you move forward.

I believed that I could sail around the world on my own sailboat when I was in college, but I had to work as an eye surgeon for eleven years in Arabia earning Freedom Chips before I could purchase my catamaran and set sail. During those eleven years, I had to keep going to make my dream come true.

After sailing across the Pacific Ocean from the USA to New Zealand, I nearly died in a car accident. I spent two months in the hospital in New Zealand staring adversity in the eye, and through it all, I kept going forward. After my broken bones healed, I got back on my sailboat and resumed my sailing voyage. To make my sailing dreams come true, I had to keep moving forward.

From the moment I first set my eyes on a Land Rover Defender 110 expeditionary vehicle, I instantly knew that one day I would drive one around the world.

So far I have owned six Land Rover Defenders, and I have driven them on expeditions in the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, and the USA.

At the time of this writing, I have three Defenders preplaced around the world ready for my driving adventures. My master plan is to keep going forward until I have encircled planet earth with my Defenders.

All of us face the same challenge.

Although our specific goals may be different, we must discard our limiting beliefs and keep going forward. There is no other way to make our dreams come true.

Dr. Dave

Captain Dave - David J. Abbott M.D.





Exit Only

See what it's like for a family to sail around the world on a small catamaran

Captain Save Our Souls

Awesome music video that captures the essence of what it's like to sail offshore in a catamaran around the world when conditions are less than perfect. David Abbott from Too Many Drummers sings the vocals, and he also edited the footage from our Red Sea adventures. This is the theme song from the Red Sea Chronicles.

Red Sea Blues

Sailing up the Red Sea is not for the faint of heart. From the Bab al Mandeb to the Suez Canal, adventures and adversity are in abundance. If you take things too seriously, you just might get the Red Sea Blues.

Red Sea Chronicles Trailer

If you like drum beats, and you like adventure, then have a listen to the Red Sea Chronicles Trailer.

Red Sea Chronicles Episode 1 - When Flying Fish Attack

Flying fish assault Exit Only in the middle of the night as we sail through the Arabian Gulf from the Maldives to Oman. And so begins our Red Sea adventures.

Red Sea Chronicles Episode 2 - Pirate Alley

Sailing through Pirate Alley between Yemen and Somalia involves calculated risk. It may not be Russian Roulette, but it is a bit of a worry. Follow Team Maxing Out as they navigate through Pirate Alley.

Red Sea Chronicles Episode 3 - Aden, Yemen

Stopping in Yemen was just what the doctor ordered. We refueled, repaired our alternator, and we made friends with our gracious Yemeni hosts. We also went to Baskins Robbins as a reward for surviving Pirate Alley.

Red Sea Chronicles Episode 4- Gate of Sorrows and Sandstorms

After you survive Pirate Alley, you must sail through the Gate of Sorrows (Bab Al Mandab) at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. The Gate of Sorrows lived up to its name with fifty knots of wind and a sandstorm that pummeled Exit Only for two days. Life is good.

Patreon - Maxing Out

Captain Dave and his family spent eleven years sailing around the world on their Privilege 39 catamaran, Exit Only. During the trip, the crew shot 200 hours of video with professional cameras to show people what it's like to sail on a small boat around the world.

The Red Sea Chronicles is a one hour and twenty-two minute feature film showing their adventures as Exit Only sails through Pirate Alley in the Gulf of Aden and up the Red Sea. The professional footage documents their experiences in Oman, Yemen, Eritrea, Sudan, Egypt, and the Suez Canal. It chronicles the rigors of traveling in a remote section of the world rarely visited by cruisers. Exit Only dodges Yemeni pirates, fights a gale and sand storms in the Bab al Mandeb at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. The crew explores deserted islands on the western shores of the Red Sea, and learns to check the cruising guides for land mines before venturing ashore.

The Red Sea Chronicles also has outstanding Special Features including an Instructional Video on Storm Management that tells sailors how to deal with storms at sea.

And don't forget the two Music Videos: "The Red Sea Blues", and "Captain - Save Our Souls".

The Red Sea Chronicles is a first class adventure that stokes the sailing dreams of both experienced and wannabe sailors alike.

Red Sea Chronicles

Save A Tree Bookstore

Although I like the feel of a paper book in my hand, I love trees even more. When people purchase an eBook, they actually save trees and save money as well. Ebooks are less expensive and have no negative impact on the environment. All of Dr. Dave's books are available at Save A Tree Bookstore. Visit the bookstore today and start putting good things into your mind. It's easy to fill your mind with positive things using eBooks. No matter where you are or what you are doing, you can pull out your smart phone or tablet and start reading. You can even use electronic highlighters and make annotations in your eBooks just like paper books.