No Opportunity Wasted: 8 Ways to Create a List for the Life You Want

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In dramatic narrative form, Phil Keoghan transports the reader from the Yucatan Jungle to the depths of an underwater cave to the top of an erupting volcano. But this is no armchair traveler book. It is an urgent call to action, inspiring and enabling people to overcome fear and seek out memorable experiences of their own. With his fresh and compelling N.O.W. philosophy, No Opportunity Wasted will help us all dream more freely and live more fully.

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Overview

In dramatic narrative form, Phil Keoghan transports the reader from the Yucatan Jungle to the depths of an underwater cave to the top of an erupting volcano. But this is no armchair traveler book. It is an urgent call to action, inspiring and enabling people to overcome fear and seek out memorable experiences of their own. With his fresh and compelling N.O.W. philosophy, No Opportunity Wasted will help us all dream more freely and live more fully.

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"No Opportunity Wasted is about learning how to live while you still have the chance; about letting go of the handrails; taking off your tie (and maybe taking off a lot more, while you're at it); swerving off that predictable road you've been following for years—onto a strange and bumpy path that just might, with a bit of luck, get you lost. It's about taking the time to enjoy experiences you've denied yourself. But it is also about sharing experiences with other people you don't know . . . beginning with yourself."—Phil Keoghan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594864049
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/21/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 623,812
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

PHIL KEOGHAN is currently in his seventh season starring as host of the Emmy-winning CBS primetime series, The Amazing Race. Keoghan also stars in and produces the N.O.W. (No Opportunity Wasted) reality television series. He has been profiled in People magazine and TV Guide and has been featured repeatedly on Oprah.

WARREN BERGER is a longtime contributing editor at Wired magazine, and his writing also appears frequently in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, GQ, and Men's Journal.

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  • Posted July 5, 2010

    Living Life NOW!!!

    I am a huge fan of the show Amazing Race and enjoy watching the contestants travel around the world, experiencing the different cultures and completing these amazing tasks. So I decided to read this book written by the show's host, Phil Keoghan, about creating a list of things you always wanted to accomplish or experience in life and fulfilling each one NOW- not putting them off for later. I love this way of thinking and found Phil's message inspirational and motivating. I think it is best said on page 221 where a soldier who served in Iraq wrote "life is short, which is something we've all heard- but after living in Iraq and experiencing combat, that isn't just a cliché. It is the truth." One negative thing about the book was the format. There are alot of story blocks throughout the book which does interrupt the flow of what you were previously reading so it was kind of annoying to flip back and forth especially since I didn't want to miss anything! Overall, a great book that will motivate people to get out there and live more adventrously- climb a tree, go bungee jumping, go sky diving- the possibilities are endless!

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  • Posted December 15, 2009

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    A classic that will never grow old

    A powerful book that inspires and provokes a thought, am I satisfied. I highly recommend it.

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

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    No Opportunity Wasted - a Good Idea

    I'm an Amazing Race fan & like the personable host, Phil Keoghan, which is why I read this book. I'm also always on the lookout for books that inspire & give new insight into getting the most out of life. I like the premise of No Opportunity Wasted, to make your life exciting, meaningful, & rewarding by writing out an 8-part List for Life to guide you along the path to creating the life you truly want. I found this book to be fairly interesting & at times, entertaining, engaging & inspiring. It touches on a gamut of things for you to think about & do to get more out of your life. Much of the book is also dedicated to sharing Phil's many personal adventures. I actually found that the book improved in its interest for me by the 2nd half. In the 1st half, it presented some good ideas for moving out of your comfort zone & gaining new, exciting experiences, but it heavily emphasized adventure travel & activities. I do find an appeal to adventure experiences, but as an aspect of a full, well-rounded life. I understand that this is the author's perspective & interesting life experience that he wishes to share, & what people would expect from a book from him. I was glad the book gradually branched out into many more thoughtful ideas & strategies to personalize your journey & gives tips to keep your efforts alive & moving forward.

    There were a couple of things I disliked about the book. In the 1st half it puts forth killing & eating other life forms as a way to be adventurous, exotic & cool, like it's some sort of exotic badge of honor. It's not. I think that personal growth, challenges, & new experiences can be had in a myriad of other ways, without doing harm to others. It is a much more enlightened & higher level of existence to just peacefully coexist with our non-human neighbors on this planet, learn about them, observe them, or be of service to them. In fact, the challenges involving animals are also something I dislike about the Amazing Race TV show & I hope they do away with that entirely. If human beings want to be entertained, challenged & create TV shows & tests for themselves then great, do that, just leave the animals out of it. Live & let live & let's do unto others. Another thing I didn't like about the book was its structure; story boxes appear everywhere & constantly interrupt the flow. The information is interesting & relevant, but it makes it rather annoying to read as you always have to flip forward & backward to keep the flow of the sections you're reading. I think it would have been better to just incorporate the information & stories at the end of the related sections.

    Overall, I liked the positive message, spirit, & intent of this book. It can help move you out of your complacency & push you along the path to realizing your dreams. There were a number of things I could relate to & take away. It's important to take stock of things in one's life & adjust your course heading as needed & desired. I would give it 3.75/5. I do commend Phil for his ideas, energy, enthusiasm & lust for life. His likeability & sense of humor comes through. If you decide to read it, then do fill out the contract at the end of the book to commit yourself to your own life vision & go onto their website to share it with others. No Opportunity Wasted is a light, fun read that gives you food for thought.

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