DiCroce and Puckett

  • Couple or Team
  • Adventurer
  • What mean this word, "can't"?
DiCroce and Puckett

Somewhere in the subconscious of Chris DiCroce’s mind surely there must have been a slowly simmering quote from Monty Python, “And now, for something completely different . . .” Chris DiCroce is not the only person to break away from the first part of his life and restart in a significantly different manner, but he has done it (1) by choice, (2) with a good deal of enthusiasm, and (3) with might be called a beer-drinkin’ application of Zen philosophical understanding.

What Chris did was – in a very short summary – learned to sail on a lake, sold his house in Nashville, Tennessee, and moved his life onto a sailboat somewhere between Florida and the Chesapeake Bay. His girlfriend Melody Puckett deserves 49.99% of the credit for this because although it was his idea she was, from the start, in on the planning and the work of making it happen; as many dreamers know, a mate by your side, looking and walking in the same direction as you, can be the difference between a dream and a possibility and a reality. His idea, her “seconding the motion”: almost 50/50. (Btw, Melody has built for herself an interesting, adventurous life, too: she’s been able to continue her career via the Internet while living “on the ocean”, so she sets a fine example for all the girls and young women who are disquieted as they look ahead at a lifetime in a cubicle.)

Chris and Melody are definitely not the only people who have done this. What sets them apart is Chris’ little ebook, “You Gotta Go to Know.” One day Melody urged him to “go write something,” meaning another blog post or a song (Chris is a performing musician); days later he announced he had written a little book about their taking a leap of faith into their new life living aboard a boat. What makes his little book different from most others of this subject is that he is quite honest about how scary it is to take a leap of faith, even if you’ve spent years working up to it. He writes about the many sleepless nights worrying about the whole idea and the specifics of their plans, about how the majority of friends and family thought they were some kind of crazy, and so on, and he does it in such a way that it nudges your emotions and is not just filed away in your theoretical, intellectual understanding of it. If you have a dream of changing the path of your life, whether your dream is of a boat or a business or whatever, these pages will show you that it is okay to be scared, okay to doubt yourself, and okay to follow it through. So, we believe Chris DiCroce is a good role model because his honesty about his self-doubt will give other people courage.

Is this book perfectly well-written? No. Is it full of heart, do you feel that you would enjoy the author if you randomly met him in person, like if you just happened to plop yourself down next to him on a cross-country airplane ride? You bet! When you read this book, do you get the feeling that it's going to be quietly popular, be brought up by all kinds of people in many conversations about following your dreams? Ya, it just might.