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LESSEN UIT AFRIKA tekst: Alan McSmith Hidden support… the value of back-up On the 21st July 1969, two men walked on the moon. Millions watched as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin Jr. set foot on another world, a momentous milestone in the annals of human exploration, science, determination and courage. For a moment, consider the enormity of the occasion against the backdrop of all the unknown factors and risks faced by the crew. Apollo 11 may have landed in the Sea of Tranquillity, but be assured the levels of tension aboard would hardly have been tranquil at all. Never before – or perhaps possibly since – has such an occasion been so eloquently and accurately descri- bed (“One small step for man, but one giant leap for mankind”), as Armstrong did himself. Considering the scale of the expedition, perhaps his later summary of the mission put it in perspective: “I was elated, ecstatic and extremely surprised we were successful,” he admitted. Both astronauts would return home to become major heroes and celebrities, living examples of the courage that society and the world so despera- tely craved at the time. But what has space travel and a moonwalk got to do with wilderness? And where is the connection with inner leadership? Please read on. EXPLORING THE WILDERNESS As a wilderness guide I make a living trekking through remote African wild-lands, running leader- ship trails and safaris. These trails explore both the outer wilderness of the environment around us, as well as the mystical wilderness within our own selves, GELD&DIENSTVERLENING, ZO KAN HET OOK! / zomer 2014 / Thema Het financiële hart 15