468: Roz Savage: Rowing Across The Three Oceans Of The World
My guest today, on Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an amazing lady who has pushed herself to achieve true greatness in her life.
Yes, I have never seen this, but I bet many of you will have had this question appear on trivial pursuit at one time or another.
“Who was the first woman to row three oceans: the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian single handedly?”
Well today’s guest is the answer that you will be looking for, holding four world records for ocean rowing, including first woman to row three oceans, whilst rowing over 15,000 miles, taken around 5 million oar-strokes, and spent cumulatively over 500 days of her life at sea in a 23-foot rowboat.
She uses her ocean rowing adventures to inspire action on the top environmental challenges facing the world today.
But the interesting thing to me is that she was not an obvious choice to be awarded as adventurer of the year in 2010.
As we will discuss this during the show, perhaps if she hadn’t attended Oxford University one of the big two rowing universities, then there was a good chance that she wouldn’t have stepped onto the water.
And the second interesting thing, amongst all the interesting things is why she upon leaving university, slipped effortlessly into the corporate environment for six years, where now everything points to big adventures, big dreams, and probably big blisters.
So looking back on her life would she have skipped the corporate gig, and launched straight onto the waves?
Or was this a key part of finding the lady that she is today?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only, Roz Savage MBE
During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Roz Savage such as:
How she spent many years playing a role in her life, and realised out on her boat that she was ok as herself and didn’t need to be frightened to play her unique self.
Why she was so surprised at the amount of criticism she received on social media, when she was airlifted from her boat by the American lifeguard.
How she recalls never failing at anything growing up, which was why things got so rocky when she went though her “Dabbling four years”!
Why she wrote two versions of her own obituary and was shocked by the true version showing where her life was heading.
Her realisation that she was totally secure with insecurity in her life, and how liberating that feeling was and still is.
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