I don't often report back on 's Wednesday evening presentations, but this one was exceptional.
Russell Selby graduated then got a Master's degree in Civil Engineering. Then he cycled around the world. It took him five years. He's now back in the North West, working for , an environment friendly company.
He delivered an enthralling talk with passion - basically an overview of his five years of cycling and working his way around the world, the first three of which were with friends, and the last two, from Patagonia to New York, were on his own. Remarkably, he only had to pay for accommodation on 12 of the nights he spent in the last two years; he wild camped or was offered free lodgings for the rest!
Russell's website is .
Now, can I remember what Russell said he had learnt?...
- people are amazing
- character is limitless
- enthusiasm and empathy win the day
- money isn't everything
- being positive is a great asset
Anyway his engaging talk could be inspirational to certain youngsters. It's a shame that 'the day job' doesn't give Russell much opportunity to reach the young adults who may benefit most.
* Russell has now commented:
5 things I learnt.
People are awesome
I am very fortunate
The planet is incredible
The future is now
Character is limitless
But what I think most people should take from it...
Money isn't everything
Appreciate and empathise
Be positive and proactive