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The Power of the Made-Up Mind

And what I learnt cycling through every country in Africa.

On the 30th June 2013, after selling everything he owned, 20kg overweight, alone and unaided, and with no ‘adventure’ experience, Ron Rutland left Cape Town Stadium on his bicycle to fulfil a lifelong dream and embark on a world first…a single continuous journey through every country on mainland Africa.

42,000km, 841 days, and 75 countries later, Ron arrived in Brighton, UK on the 17th Sept 2015 in time to watch Japan beat the Springboks in their opening game of the RWC…an historic end to an historic journey!

In his uniquely self-deprecating and humorous manner, Ron has inspired and motivated audiences in South Africa, and around the world, with his tales from the road, and what it took for the most ordinary and unlikely person to achieve something quite extraordinary.

Drawing on his experiences from some of the most inhospitable environments on the planet, Ron shares the tangible ‘real life’ lessons he learnt chasing, and ultimately reaching, the most audacious goal imaginable.

Key lessons shared

  • Proper planning, and being adaptable
  • Cut the clutter – the power of focus
  • Assuming the best in people (you’ll probably be right)
  • Just make the decision

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