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Never underestimate the power of a single idea. On more than one occasion, a single idea has shaped my destiny.

When I was in grade school, I read Dr. Paul White's book, Doctor of Tanganyika, and I instantly knew that I wanted to work as a doctor in developing countries. Paul White started a hospital in Tanganyika territory (Tanzania) early in the twentieth century, and he wrote numerous books chronicling his adventures in east Africa. That single idea took root in my mind and still remains a compelling force in my life. Because of his influence, I worked overseas in Panama, Liberia, Kenya and Saudi Arabia at various stages in my carreer in international medicine.

While I was in medical school, I received a Dewitt-Wallace scholarship in international medicine that made it possible for me to serve at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya. I worked with Dr. Ernie Steury who built a hospital from a single small room to two hundred beds over forty years.

Dr. Steury did his internship at Gorgas Hosptial in the Panama Canal Zone causing me to also perform my internship at Gorgas Hospital to gain experience in tropical medicine. The influence of Dr. White and Dr. Steury profoundly affected the direction of my life, and largely because of them, I pursued a career in international medicine.

When I was in college, I encountered an idea that resulted in a sailing voyage around the world.

I read the account of sixteen year old Robin Lee Graham sailing singlehanded around the world on his sailboat Dove. I followed all of his adventures in National Geographic Magazine, and I instantly knew that one day I would sail around the world in a sailboat.

During my internship in Panama, I encountered another idea that changed my life.

I met two people completing a driving trip around the world in a Land Rover. When I heard about their adventures and saw their vehicle, I instantly knew that there was a driving trip in my future, and it had to be in a Defender Land Rover.

As a result of that encounter, I have owned six Defenders and driven them in Arabia, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, New Zealand, Australia, and North America. I still have three Defenders kitted out and ready for the trip around the world.

While I was growing up, I discovered the writings of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, and I learned the power of positive thinking. As a result of that encounter, I decided I wanted to write books that made a difference in people's lives.

When the internet came into existence, I decided to create a Positive Thinking Network that reached its arms around the world. It is the definitive source for positive thinking on the world wide web. It's where you go to discover everything you want to know about positive thinking and positive spirituality.

Some days I feel like my life counts for very little. It's hard to believe that anything I say or do really makes a difference.

Then I remember the doctors that influenced me to pursue a career in international medicine.

I remember the sixteen year old sailor that caused me to sail around the world.

I remember the anonymous couple in a Land Rover who instilled a passionate desire in my mind to drive around the world in a Defender.

I remember the positive thinker and writer who inspired me to write books.

None of those people know that they made a difference in my life, but all of them had a major impact on my destiny.

It turns out that the things we say and do really are important and actually make a difference in the lives of people who we will never know. We just don't have the privilege of seeing the difference we make as it happens.

I am not rich or famous, and that is OK. What's really important is that I have sent a few great ideas around the world, and I have anonymously made a difference in other people's lives. That fact alone makes it all worthwhile.

Don't discount the power of a single idea. Great lives are built on great ideas, and a single idea can change your world.

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.