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This video tells the story of John Goddard, the man who inspired me and the creation of

Speak at The Adventurers Club of LA and meet John Goddard
Personal Development & Community: Education

This was a great honour made all the more special by meeting the man who has inspired so many people, including me and the website.

Why were you inspired to do this?

I was invited to hear a friend speak at the Adventurer's Club of LA on his Patagonia Hiking trip. My first impression of the club was the large Polar Bear that greets people at the top of the stairs! The Club has been in existence since 1927 and the members meet weekly on a Thursday night. One of the clubs members is the real life Indiana Jones and Life List Legend John Goddard who's Life list is on the wall at the Club. After spending the night hearing my friend speak I knew I wanted to share my Sydney Hobart Story with them.

What were 3 things you did to make this happen?

While I was at the Club I was introduced to many members and after talking with them they introduced me to the member who organized speakers.

I contacted the member at the Club and we arranged a date for me to speak. He was very helpful and being a sailor was very interested in my topic.

I organized my notes from the Sydney Hobart Races I did in 2006 & 2007 and prepared a slide show and DVD.

How did you feel once you had accomplished this?

The club members are very warm and they made me feel very welcome in their company. It felt great to speak of my Hobart experience in the company of other adventurers. An added bonus of the night was that John Goddard came to hear me speak. He is such a warm man and I greatly admire and respect the inspiration he has brought to so many people around the world. His and the other members kind and supportive words to me after I spoke were something I will not soon forget. All toll this was a great experience and the plaque they gave me is now hanging behind my Tiki Bar!

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 John Goddard's Book:

3/27/2012 5:31:57 PM

Amazing story Bill.  Congrats again and thanks for sharing.  You know you're in good company when you can call John Goddard a wonderful friend.   Love the inscription. 

3/27/2012 2:39:56 PM

Just pulled out John's book and reread the inscription: "To Bill Starr - Fellow Adventurer, outstanding goal achiever and kindred spirit!" With warm frendship and great admiration. John Goddard "Savor each Day!"

I am really pleased I had the opportunity.

3/27/2012 2:34:53 PM

He is a wonderful friend and so supportive of our work on this site. He is the only person we have bestowed with the My Life List "Legend" status for all his achievements. They don't make them like John anymore. His kindness actually matches his tremendous achievements. 

3/27/2012 2:28:03 PM

 How cool that John Goddard came to see YOU and had great things to say to you!  Congrats.  Glad you got the picture as proof.

1/9/2011 8:50:35 AM

Congratulations, we have linked your story on the My Life List 90 (#86) to inspire others. Thank you so much for sharing this great story.

Why do you want to do this?

I was invited to hear my friend speak at the Adventurer's Club of LA and was in awe of the members of the Club. The Legend of Life Lists John Goddard is a member and his Life list is on the wall at the Club.

What three things will you need to make this happen?

Contact the Club and arrange a date to speak.

Organize my speech and prepare.

Complete a membership application

What is the biggest barrier to your achieving this?

I just have to make it a priority for this month as its very important to me.

1/18/2009 4:48:17 PM

 I was just at the Adventurers Club this week and met John Goddard who is the "World's Greatest Goal Achiever" This was a great thrill for me personally.

I'm booked to speak in April! I put this out there and now it will happen. I just need to prepare my presentation and stay calm leading up to me completing this Life List Goal!

1/27/2009 6:22:44 PM

 April 2nd is the date I'm speaking. So excited!

2/3/2009 2:14:32 PM

Bill, that's great. Can anyone attend or do you need to be a member? I'd love to hear you speak.

2/4/2009 2:23:23 PM

 Hi Scott, I can bring a few guests so for sure will make it happen. Bill

3/10/2009 9:45:35 AM

Check out the Adventurers Club Website Link Showing me on the schedule to speak on April 2nd!!! I'm so excited about this. Its a real thrill for me. Hopefully one of my heroes John Goddard will be there again.

3/10/2009 12:25:18 PM

 That's great, congrats!

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