Roz Savage on Courage, Change, and Rowing Solo Across Three Oceans

Roz Savage is the first (and so far only) woman to row solo across the world’s “Big Three” oceans: Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian. She holds four Guinness World Records, and was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to fundraising and the environment.

Rowing solo across entire oceans was an unexpected career move for a former management consultant who doesn’t particularly enjoy exercise. She was inspired to brave the oceans when she realized two things: 1) we are all capable of much more than we tend to believe we are, and 2) we need to make some changes if we're going to live healthy lives on a thriving planet. So she used her voyages to expand her own limits, and to promote sustainable living.

She now writes, speaks, and lectures on sustainability, courage, resilience, and change.

In this episode, Roz tells the story of how she changed her life and became a solo ocean rower. We talk about change, fear, pain, and the traps of comfort that can so easily keep us stuck. Her honesty about what it's like to undertake huge challenges alone, what she learned, how she handles fear, and where she finds motivation was powerful for me to hear about, and I hope you enjoy her stories just as much!

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  1. Richard Webster

    Hey Roz: As you know,I have had struggled “solo” for my entire life to keep my genetic form of cancer in check… I have never thought of it as more than my “Nuisance Routine” and we all have those… What you write and speak of regarding the challenges that you have taken-on reminds me of something I have always said. “We must keep living around the worst life can throw at us. The moment that we become nothing but a patient, or the family or friend of a patient, the disease, whatever it is, wins at that moment.” The Mesothelioma Organization now uses that quote… Yes, the fights and challenges we are presented with, or choose to take on – as you have done so many times – are frightening, dangerous, with no guarantees. But we must take them on because they are part of Life – along with and at the same time as other more pleasant “parts” of life, to make the challenges truly worthwhile… Keep up the amazing work you have done and will do…