Review: No Opportunity Wasted by Phil Keoghan



This book is by no means new (it’s been out since 2004), but when I finally came across it at the library I was excited to start it.

Phil Keoghan is the host of the Amazing race (which I am the biggest fan of) and was born in New Zealand. The basic premise of his book is that everyone should have a life list and of course be crossing things off, and in the book he gives us “eight different ways to create the life you want”.

Review No Opportunity Wasted

After surviving a near death experience at 19 when he was diving, Phil was left a passion for life that he still has to this day. “It changed me, immediately and profoundly. It gave me a sense of urgency, a hunger for life, that many people don’t feel until they’re approaching the actual, irreversible end of their lives. It is only then that so many of us finally arrive at a reckoning point and ask: ‘What must I do before I die?'”

He started a list of all those things on the same day he was rescued and kept adding to it. The first thing he did was go back into the sunken ship where he nearly lost his life. From there he has done some undeniably amazing stuff including hand feeding sharks, eating a gourmet meal on top of an erupting volcano in Italy, setting a world record for group bungee jumping, drinking cobra blood, and many more weird, crazy and life threatening things.

His eight themes include:

  • Face your fear
  • Get lost
  • Test your limits
  • Take a leap of faith
  • Rediscover your childhood
  • Shed your Inhibitions/Express Yourself
  • Break New Ground
  • Aim for the Heart

I’m not a big fan of motivational type books, but this book encourages everyone to take a good look at their lives and figure out what’s missing. I like how he doesn’t just focus on your life, but on how you can help others as well. There are some very touching stories in this book, and many of the people he focused on are very inspirational. He doesn’t just talk about possible travel-adventure goals, but smaller things as well such as running a marathon, or doing something with your brain such as learning a new language, or instrument.

One thing that made it slightly hard to read was the stories/tips scattered through the book. It made it hard to concentrate since I had to keep going back to where I left off before I started reading the side trip. The book is still well worth reading though, and I highly recommend it for anyone who feels like they could be having a few more No Opportunity Wasted moments. And me? I’m going to go make my list.

2 comments on “Review: No Opportunity Wasted by Phil Keoghan

  1. Roy Marvelous April 23, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    I distinctly remember seeing him on Oprah, YEARS ago and his question "What must I do before I die?" really resonated with me.

    • onetravelsfar April 24, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

      I know it's such a simple question, but at the same time it really makes you think about what you really want from your life :)

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