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We are into our second volume of publishing. One year has flown past like 12 days. We are pushing the publishing envelope and have quickly become an African magazine that reaches the largest number of serious hunters and adventurers here in Africa, Europe and the USA.

I won’t go into how we’ve grown and what strides have been made in our publishing approach, but we are having an adventure: making new friends, corresponding with new experts, meeting new legends and seeing new places.

My point is, time is valuable - your time is valuable. Contrary to the way we all feel, life is short and we are fragile. Death, sickness and hardship touches us all - even the most talented, youngest and very strongest of us will grow old and weak.

Ed McMahon, Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett-Majors. All of them died recently and had the world at their feet. Fame and wealth will not protect you from the ravages of time - in spite of Cher’s pioneering efforts.

I understand: the economy is depressed and times are tough. But for how long will your son still be in your house, your friend still be able to go, your wife still exited about Africa and travel?

Think of the men we admire most. Which of them are remembered for playing it safe? None. Not one. Zero.

The men who leave a legacy or the gutsy ones.

Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th US President and himself an avid hunter, wrote:

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly.

So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."

Do it now. Show your guts. Initiate an adventure. Spend the money-you can always get more.

Buy that new rifle you’ve always wanted. Make that booking for your safari. Climb that mountain. Visit Chobe. Dive Mozambique. See Namibia. Live.

Don’t miss it.

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