In 2014 I embarked on an adventure of a lifetime. I participated in the Volvo Ocean Race, a lifelong dream and the pinnacle of crewed, offshore sailboat racing. Participants circumnavigate the planet in a competitive arena that features the best sailors in the world. It’s an extreme test of physical and mental sport with some of the earth’s most beautiful sights serving as the backdrop. When the gun went off, I had a feeling of trepidation. I had never been through this before. Our adventure concluded, 9 months and 45,000 miles later, with ups and downs and a lot of lessons learned. In 2017 I was lucky enough to get another crack at it, but this time I was more prepared and more confident because I’d been there before. I had learned from my mistakes and was ready to capitalize on my learnings. This bore fruit right out of the blocks, we won the first leg of the race, transforming us from pretenders into contenders. It's one’s ability to incrementally improve from experience that makes them successful; in planetary circumnavigation and in the way we live our lives.