Chris Guillebeau knows a lot about doing big and hard things. For the past 12 years he was on a quest to visit all 193 countries in the world, and to do it before his 35th birthday. After years of planning, traveling, more planning, more travels, and many surprises and mishaps along the way, he achieved his goal earlier this year.
It’s simple enough for me to offer Chris a congratulatory pat on the back for his achievements and move on, but I’d like to make sure we let this sink in.
This took twelve years. There are few things that I’ve pursued for that long. Add in the difficulties and obstacles along the way: logistics, travel costs, time, and politics — and it’s truly unbelievable.