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Tim Moss

Tim Moss has supported over 100 expeditions across all seven continents. He has climbed new mountains, crossed a desert on foot and recently cycled 13,000 miles around the world. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society London and a Guinness World Record Holder. He aims to encourage more people to live adventurously. Read more...


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    Tom Allen

    Lots of interesting ideas here. Ideas while you sleep – who’d’a thunk it?

    Broadly, though, I don’t think the excuse-makers are likely to be much helped by fund-raising ideas. The barrier is already in place: fear. The excuses are just there to hide behind. I am at a loss for how the fear that jettisons one’s dreams – after all, what else really stops people acting – can be defused by those who want to motivate. I guess in part it might be through empathy – inclusive, human stories: “I did it, this is how, and here’s how you can too…”

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    Tim Moss

    I think it would be unfair to assume that everyone who thinks/says they don’t have enough money for an expedition is actually just scared or hiding behind an excuse.

    Many cases, yes. Other times it may be that they don’t really want to do it. But there are plenty of instances in which people do need money for expeditions (e.g. almost anything polar) or think they do but realise that they don’t. And oftentimes it may not be the actual practical advice that helps but more the empowerment that the ideas give you.

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    Andy Welch

    I would agree with Tom. I think the main thing that stops people doing stuff is fear. I think that people are conditioned to want to do their dreams but not want any discomfort. Perhaps also that if they do something and find that they don’t know how to do it perfectly immediately then they are failing in some way or not worthy to do it.
    This is an interesting psychological phenomena because I think that it boosts the celebrity of people who say ‘just do’. Facilitation and education are key as much as anything.
    A little example: there is a training thing that goes on in the park near my old flat where a army guy shouts at a bunch of people telling them to run around, do pressups and various other exercises. Why does this work? because we are conditioned to do what we are told.
    I don’t advocate the opposite of this- e.g. rejection of all authority but it does make you wonder what the fetishism is with being told to exercise by some army dude.
    nevertheless a bunch of good other information here too.

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