I grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and later studied Journalism at Michigan State
University. But in those early years I went to Lexington Elementary School. The school had a nice library. When I was about
your age I was very interested in reading books about adventure. Especially the adventure of diving for sunken treasure, exploring
old shipwrecks, fishing for large sharks, mountain climbing, traveling to exotic places in the world. I read as many books
as I could find about these things.
When I grew older, I never stopped reading about what I like most. Soon, those books
led me into the real life adventures I loved. In time I mountain climbed, dived for sunken treasure, became an underwater
photographer, sport-fished for large sharks, sailed and lived aboard my own sailboat in the tropics, traveled across Europe
and halfway to Africa on a motor scooter. I skied the Alps in Switzerland, backpacked into North Africa, met many famous treasure
hunters and scientists including Captain Jacques Even Cousteau. I lived in France, Italy, North Africa, Switzerland and Spain
and was befriended by the Nobel Prize-winning author, Ernest Hemingway during the Running of the Bulls at Pamplona. Best of
all I wrote magazine articles and books about all my adventures and got paid for them. Writing not only became my lifetime
profession but it helped me pay for more such adventures.
Today, I am still writing and adventuring and I love it! Nothing is impossible if
you believe strongly enough in it. You can do anything you want in the world. Reading is your magic carpet to accomplishing
these goals. Read, and follow your heart where it leads. If you do this, you will discover that it will not only lead you
to your goals, but also to your most valuable treasure of all--happiness.
Robert F. Burgess
Books for the Adventurous Mind