my search for John Galt …
I wonder how many great talented people are brought down or held down by the environment around them?
Do your friends lift you up or bring you down?
Yesterday, I had a 12 hour training ride in the desert of the UAE.
Over the 12 hours, I thought about my wife and close friends who are always challenging and encouraging me to keep going after my dreams.
And over the 12 hours, I reflected a lot on my life … and how much my enviornment lifts me up, and challenges me to keep climbing, even when times get tough…and how the support makes all the difference.
Which got me thinking back to a couple years ago, I had dinner with a close friend of mine in Monaco, Yann who told me a story that too many people can relate to ….
My friend told me since he was a child, he dreamed of taking a couple years off to back pack around the world.
According to him, esp. when he was finishing high school, he dreamed all the time about traveling the world, and told his friends about his dream.
But everyone he told this dream to, told him it was too dangerous; and he needed to get over “it” and stop talking about “it” because it was “just” a dream.
After a couple glasses of champagne, Yann became passionate…
He talked in great detail about how the world is full of people who are threatened by those who try to make their aspirations and dreams happen.
Then he told me about a story that I have never heard before …
The story of a baby eagle who fell from his nest high up on a cliff, and landed on the ground … landing next to a group of baby chickens.
Upon hitting the ground, the baby eagle struggled to stand, and cried.
But, the mother chicken ran over to him and immediately, took the baby eagle under her wing.
For the next many years, the baby eagle grew up with a bunch of baby chickens and learned how to be a chicken.
And then one day, he was at school and saw an eagle soar high in the sky …
as he and all his friends watched the beauty and power flying above them in the sky, he told everyone, ‘one day I will soar like an eagle.’
But everyone laughed and told him: ‘it’s not possible because chickens can’t fly …
Are the people around you inspiring you to go after your dreams?
Or is your enviornment holding you back from going after your goals?
Don’t let anyone get in the way of where you want to go.… Read more
“……..I shall be telling this with a sigh… somewhere ages and ages hence: two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”
The main purpose of this blog is to communicate with my employees, leaders at naseba, future employees, my clients, and future clients– at the same time helping me stay focused on my climb.
The photo gallery includes pictures of my different travels and adventures — this section will be updated with more pictures and videos as I travel.
I am posting the pictures of myself in exotic locations to show the readers, esp. the readers in America that the world is much different to what we see on CNN.
Pictures of my travels throughout the Middle East and Africa will hopefully inspire the reader to not let the misinformation in the media prevent you from experiencing the world.
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Unlike other CEO blogs where the communications or marketing team writes the blog entries for the CEO, I write each entry myself. I travel often so sometimes there might be a few days between entries.
I write only when I have something to add to the discussion.
To keep the blog as focused as possible, I do not discuss or post blogs and pictures about my family.
Lastly, the main purpose of my blog is to manage myself.
If I am going to blog about staying positive – I must stay positive myself.
If I am going to blog about making life happen – I must make my life happen.
However, as loyal readers have noticed, I am also fighting against dishonesty, misinformation, mediocrity, and negativity, all which seem to be sweeping across the world like an uncontrollable virus.
I guess you can say….
I am searching for John Galt.
C. Scott Ragsdale,
Scott Ragsdale was born in 1971 and grew up in Omaha, Nebraska attended high school at The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with BA in Political Science in 1995.
At the University of California in 1994, Scott was elected President of the Berkeley College Republicans. During his Presidency the club grew to the 2nd largest College Republican club in America.
Prior to co-founding naseba in 2002, he worked as a General Manager for a global business information company in seven different international cities: Tokyo, Sydney, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Monaco, Barcelona and London.
Scott has 15+ years of international management experience and has developed, managed and trained employees from more than 50 nationalities.
He lived in Fukuoka, Osaka, and Tokyo, Japan for 5 years and passed the highest level on the Japanese proficiency exam (1 kyu).
Scott is a two-time Ironman finisher, has run more than 20 marathons, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, and successfully completed Marathon des Sables – a 7 day race across the Sahara desert in Morocco, considered to be the most difficult foot race in the world.
In 2010, Scott swam across the English Channel.
In 2011, he completed naseba7, 7 Ironman triathlons in 7 consecutive days across the 7 Emirates of the UAE.
He is an avid collector of Cuban cigars and boasts one of the largest personal collections in the world.
Scott has lived outside of America since 1994; living for significant periods of time in 9 countries; has travelled to more than 100 countries and speaks French and Japanese.
He currently lives with his family in Dubai.