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June 24, 2014 Posted by Tahir in Travel

My thoughts on enthusiasm

Tahir story 129 sMany thanks to those of you were able to attend my Reddit AMA live. For those who were unable to attend, I’ll be sharing a selection of questions and answers over the next few weeks. To view the entire AMA, please click the above link. 

Q. What I love about your writing is, how you are able to describe a scene or scenario so vividly. My questions are, what are the criteria when you are choosing your crew for an adventurous exploration journey? and, are you going to embark on another journey like “In Search Of King Solomon’s Mines” ?

A. It’s so simple. I look for one thing. One quality.

ENTHUSIASM.

That’s all I want from anyone. If they can’t survive in the jungle, I’ll teach them. Or will show them how to rope climb, or how to do anything else… but I want people who will beam with laughter when the skin’s come off their feet and they have dengue fever… again.

Q. I have found the enthusiasm for life that you express in your books to be quite infectious. Is it something that just comes naturally to you, or are there any tricks or techniques that you use to maintain it?

A. I am enthusiastic. Yes, yes, yes. And, yes, yes, yes… I sometimes get really depressed… mostly when I hit a mountain and can’t seem to get over it. But in my own way I’ve learned to tunnel through.

When I was a child I had a book called THE TRAIN TO SPAIN. It’s for kids and I think it’s out of print (alas)… and that book taught me that there’s always a way forward: and if there is a way forward, there’s a smile on my face. To find the way forward you may have to think in new ways.

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