Knowledge – Your expertise is valuable

Greg Spooner – Knowledge – Your expertise is valuable to others. It’s your duty to teach.

After we finished our expedition across the North Atlantic Ocean, this was back in 2006. We made it to shore and all of a sudden this 18 months of intense activity, this intense passion and this intense excitement of going from essentially college and a little bit of work to all of a sudden finding ourselves in a rowboat reaching shores thousands of miles away. After a time of just sort of coming down from this and realizing what did I just do? We actually started to think of ourselves, we learned so much about ourselves while we were away. We learned so much about this environment that was so foreign to us previously. We learned lessons about how things work and how nature works and get to share it to the point where people that we’d never met that maybe just saw us on TV, sought us out and said, “Here’s my question, can you answer this for me?” And a lot of people.., this is exciting, what do we do with this I mean, aside from answering their question?

And ultimately what we found was purpose behind getting in a rowboat and heading across and ocean. Initially it was to raise a lot of money for the American Lung Association which we did and we’re very excited about and very proud of but you can’t convince people to continue to support you to do something that is going to kill you unless there’s really something important behind it and we found something that spoke to us and spoke to others and that was essentially taking everything we learned and figuring out a way to share it with people who are going to be reading about us later, following with us online during, at any stage in this and meeting to help bring this to life is what it did, exactly that. It turned just a chance to row an ocean into this blossoming opportunity to create an education program.