National Geographic Explorer-in-residence Wade Davis is currently on tour promoting his new book, Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest. It details the extraordinary work of mountaineers in the 1920s and ponders the notion that this generation of men had seen so much death that it had lost its mystery.
Taking a break from his tour, Davis spoke with Wend Magazine of Portland and shared his advice regarding what it takes to become a National Geographic Explorer. This was my favorite:
Never get a job
“The goal is to make living itself, the act of being alive, one’s vocation. Never make decisions over if it will lead to a job, follow your heart and do what you want to do.”