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I have always had a goal oriented lifestyle, and relentless perseverance has been my religion - not my spirituality.
Having goals is a good thing. It helps organize my life and makes me into a meaningful specific rather than a wandering generality.

Goals change over time, and that is also good.

I had a goal to sail a boat around the world, I did it, and that goal no longer controls my destiny. Been there and done that. When I go sailing now, my goal isn’t a destination - it’s simply to have fun with my family.

In the last decade, I have adopted two goals that help me live as a meaningful specific.

First, I am making a major effort at finishing well - not rich - just well.

Second, I am committed to having my say. I may not be a member of the Genius Club, but I have learned a few things along the way, and I will not be timid about sharing what I have learned with the world.

Finishing well is important.

As people pass through their mid-life crisis, sometimes they get crazy and do stupid stuff. Coming to grips with the fact that they are a legend only in their own mind, and nowhere else, sometimes makes people lose it. They go off the deep end, burn bridges, dissolve longstanding relationships, and become experts at ruining an otherwise wonderful life. In short, they do not finish well. They finish poorly.

People who finish well have their act together, they stay the course, and semper fi is their way of life.

You can sum up their life with the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

In the time that remains, I want to finish well.

Having my say is also important.

Some people go through their entire lives and never have their say. It’s not that they don’t have anything worthwhile saying, but for many reasons they keep their say to themselves.

There is a difference between having your say, and having something worth saying.

Social media is full of trolls having their say. Their words are full of sound and fury that signify little or nothing. These small minded people relentlessly spew their drivel on social media. If a bell rang every time they said something worth listening to, the only thing you would hear is the sound of eternal silence.

Having your say is important as long as you have something worth saying.

I have my say on the Positive Thinking Network and The Positive Channel.

I design and maintain hundreds of websites in the Positive Thinking Network.

I have many positions in the Positive Thinking Network. I am the CEO, CFO, graphic designer, web designer, writer, social media manager, and general lackey doing whatever needs to be done. I have never had so many jobs to do at one time.

My most important job in the Positive Thinking Network is having my say.

Whether what I have to say is worthwhile is for visitors to my websites to decide.

I have over 200 positive podcasts that send a positive message around the world.

I have thousands of positive memes that I distribute on social media.

I have 12 Positive ebooks on Amazon and the Positive Thinking Bookstore to help people learn how to deal with depression, how to create and use positive self-talk, and how to run their own mind.

So there you have it.

I am having my say, and with God’s help I will finish well.

Dr. Dave

Captain Dave - David J. Abbott M.D.





Exit Only

See what it's like for a family to sail around the world on a small catamaran

Captain Save Our Souls

Awesome music video that captures the essence of what it's like to sail offshore in a catamaran around the world when conditions are less than perfect. David Abbott from Too Many Drummers sings the vocals, and he also edited the footage from our Red Sea adventures. This is the theme song from the Red Sea Chronicles.

Red Sea Blues

Sailing up the Red Sea is not for the faint of heart. From the Bab al Mandeb to the Suez Canal, adventures and adversity are in abundance. If you take things too seriously, you just might get the Red Sea Blues.

Red Sea Chronicles Trailer

If you like drum beats, and you like adventure, then have a listen to the Red Sea Chronicles Trailer.

Red Sea Chronicles Episode 1 - When Flying Fish Attack

Flying fish assault Exit Only in the middle of the night as we sail through the Arabian Gulf from the Maldives to Oman. And so begins our Red Sea adventures.

Red Sea Chronicles Episode 2 - Pirate Alley

Sailing through Pirate Alley between Yemen and Somalia involves calculated risk. It may not be Russian Roulette, but it is a bit of a worry. Follow Team Maxing Out as they navigate through Pirate Alley.

Red Sea Chronicles Episode 3 - Aden, Yemen

Stopping in Yemen was just what the doctor ordered. We refueled, repaired our alternator, and we made friends with our gracious Yemeni hosts. We also went to Baskins Robbins as a reward for surviving Pirate Alley.

Red Sea Chronicles Episode 4- Gate of Sorrows and Sandstorms

After you survive Pirate Alley, you must sail through the Gate of Sorrows (Bab Al Mandab) at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. The Gate of Sorrows lived up to its name with fifty knots of wind and a sandstorm that pummeled Exit Only for two days. Life is good.

Patreon - Maxing Out

Captain Dave and his family spent eleven years sailing around the world on their Privilege 39 catamaran, Exit Only. During the trip, the crew shot 200 hours of video with professional cameras to show people what it's like to sail on a small boat around the world.

The Red Sea Chronicles is a one hour and twenty-two minute feature film showing their adventures as Exit Only sails through Pirate Alley in the Gulf of Aden and up the Red Sea. The professional footage documents their experiences in Oman, Yemen, Eritrea, Sudan, Egypt, and the Suez Canal. It chronicles the rigors of traveling in a remote section of the world rarely visited by cruisers. Exit Only dodges Yemeni pirates, fights a gale and sand storms in the Bab al Mandeb at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. The crew explores deserted islands on the western shores of the Red Sea, and learns to check the cruising guides for land mines before venturing ashore.

The Red Sea Chronicles also has outstanding Special Features including an Instructional Video on Storm Management that tells sailors how to deal with storms at sea.

And don't forget the two Music Videos: "The Red Sea Blues", and "Captain - Save Our Souls".

The Red Sea Chronicles is a first class adventure that stokes the sailing dreams of both experienced and wannabe sailors alike.


    Team Maxing Out Sails Around The World On Their 39 Foot Catamaran

    Join Team Maxingout as they sail through Pirate Alley and up the Red Sea


    Give your dream machine a shot in the arm

    See what it's like to cruise on a catamaran before you spend a bazillion dollars purchasing one


    View the storm management video to learn how Captain Dave dealt with storms at sea

    After watching the Red Sea Chronicles you will be able to see yourself sailing on the ocean of your dreams

Red Sea Chronicles

Save A Tree Bookstore

Although I like the feel of a paper book in my hand, I love trees even more. When people purchase an eBook, they actually save trees and save money as well. Ebooks are less expensive and have no negative impact on the environment. All of Dr. Dave's books are available at Save A Tree Bookstore. Visit the bookstore today and start putting good things into your mind. It's easy to fill your mind with positive things using eBooks. No matter where you are or what you are doing, you can pull out your smart phone or tablet and start reading. You can even use electronic highlighters and make annotations in your eBooks just like paper books.