Characteristic Leadership

No Opportunity Wasted
Creating a Life List

Characteristic leadership means that no opportunities in ones life is ever wasted.

"Learn to see opportunities before they are gone!”

No Opportunity Wasted

Isn’t it true that the longer you put off something that you’ve always “planned” on doing (or dreamed of doing) the chances of actually accomplishing that goal greatly diminish over time?

No Opportunity Wasted: Creating a Life ListCharacteristic Leadership (N.O.W.) does NOT encourage every reader to go out and risk their neck. N.O.W. does, however, encourage everyone to search deep inside himself to uncover the hidden, or long forgotten, dreams and ambitions of your youth, and make a decision to begin a journey to a more fulfilling life.

Characteristic leadership in living a full life means opening yourself up to new experiences, placing ones self into situations that are challenging – that stretch the boundaries of your ordinary daily routine.

"The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
- W. Churchill

N.O.W. is no armchair adventure book. It is an urgent call to action - inspiring and enabling you to seek out your own memorable experiences.

No Opportunity Wasted teaches us how to live in the here and now; making the most of our opportunities while they are still in front of us; about releasing ourselves from the expectations of our family and friends; and taking the first step in the long road toward achieving our greatest goals. Yet, the book is also about taking the time to invite your loved ones to participate and share in the magical experiences we will encourter along the journey. In the process we will be certain to connect with like-minded people, which will strengthen our resolve and help us to learn and grow.

Does this all sound a bit self indulgent? Would you perhaps feel a little guilty chasing a dream at the expense of spending quality time with family members?

While there are countless experiences that you can certainly plan and participate in with your family, N.O.W. points out that characteristic leadership dictates to each of us that we are also entitled to experience the success of realizing our individual ambitions.

Sure, following your dream might mean making a tough choice or two. Making touch choices are also a large part of characteristic leadership. However, in the end, when the dream is achieved it will leave you more self-fulfilled and you’ll be a better person and, by extension, a happier wife, husband, mother or father.

Think you are too old for this kind of adventurous lifestyle? NONSENSE! If you believe this, then it’s definitely your attitude that's holding you back. True leaders who live life to the fullest look around this wonderful world of ours and realize that people are living longer, leading fuller lives. Retirees are on the go at a higher pace than ever before. Why not join in the fun?

Maybe you think you just aren’t up to the task? Perhaps you are overweight or have a certain fear that you’ve been unable to overcome. If this is you then you need to read this book! Seriously, get the book today because life is just too darned short to allow yourself to wait any longer.

No Opportunity Wasted is a book that is very hard to put down once you’ve started reading the various journeys that are highlighted.

Along the way you'll meet many highly fulfilled characteristic leadership people who are living out their dreams. Stories include a nun trying for a triathlon record; an 89-year-old water skier; a young surfer who won't let paralysis keep him off the board; a husband who helps his musician wife to finally shine in the spotlight, and many more.

Keoghan provides a clear, step-by-step guide to help you create a personalized "List for Life" by following 8 memorable themes, including:

  1. Face Your Fear: Sometimes, swimming with the sharks - literally - can help us overcome the obstacles that hold us back.
  2. Get Lost: Whether you're going around the world or just across town, great possibilities await at every turn - if you're willing to lose yourself in the experience. Increase your awareness of these opportunities and you will increase your chances to take full advantage of each one as it arises.
  3. Test Your Limits: Regardless of your age or physical conditioning, get the most out of an experience by pushing and stretching your capabilities.
  4. Aim for the Heart: Often, the best way to live out your own dream is to help others to live out theirs.

And the preceding four themes cover only half of what is detailed in this book!

One of the messages we like most in No Opportunity Wasted is the simple, yet sometimes overlooked, concept of just having fun in the process. This and other characteristic leadership lessons are what makes this book so valuable.

"There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love; but sadly most people do not firmly resolve to make it happen."

The author states that the one thing you cannot forget to pack on any of your journeys is a good healthy sense of humor. Isn’t it true that so long as you maintain a quality sense of humor along the way, you will not only survive the experience, you are guaranteed to create some terrific memories along the way?

Packed with practical suggestions and examples - and driven by Phil Keoghan's fresh, compelling N.O.W. philosophy, this is a book that will help you dream more freely and live more fully.

We encourage you to read No Opportunity Wasted. It’s time well spent and it supports many of the time-tested characteristic leadership lessons provided on our website.

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Author Bio:

Phil Keoghan is host of the Emmy-winning series, The Amazing Race.

Warren Berger has written for Wired magazine, Men's Journal, and the New York Times.

For more information, please visit Phil Keoghan's Web site,

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