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Stepping stones, Grindstones & Milestones. My journey so far as an adventurer and entrepreneur.

Waterworth Owen

What follows are random thoughts, insights and photos of people met and experiences enjoyed... with One Golden Rule at the end.

Born and raised as a colonial ‘mukiwa’ (white boy) in Southern and Northern Rhodesia.

I discovered early in life, my

Design Nature Art

I was taught and still believe that life is a blank canvas.

Invent yourself or live a life painting by numbers constrained within boundaries created by others.

Mrs Disney was told by a journalist at the opening of Disney World, “I wish Walt could have seen this...”

Her answer was, “He did, long before any of us !� Believe in your dreams in spite of others lack of vision.

Big fish have a fundamental belief: If the big Bass don’t eat the little Bass... we’ll be up to ass in Bass.

Be alert when swimming with sharks.

Mastermind groups are important.

Create one of your own.










Work with crazy people-

Trevor Bayliss inventor of the Clock Work radio.

Beware of AMBITION A journey of a thousand miles sometimes ends very badly.

Know Thyself Warts and all !

Manage your

Know your strengths and weaknesses.

Travel...I’ve now been to over 50 countries.

My first business.

Get married...

The company grew...

and grew...

Innovate new products...

Welcome and accept big challenges – Operation Hurricane – Rhodesian Bush War.

Listen to those who know more than you.

Sir Harry Oppenheimer

Expand your products and services ...

Take on bigger ...

and bigger projects.

Grow your staff .

Keep a hands on approach.


Develop new businesses ...

Address important issues...

Maintain balance...

I spent time with each of these tribes...

Explore new territory...

Culture Conscious Conservation in Trans Frontier Conservation Areas. Matobo Hills, Zimbabwe

Get people to meet, talk and work together...

We cannot enjoy the fruits ...


without taking care of the roots.

UK Minister of Environment

Chief Dappa Bierya Niger Delta

Lord Geoffrey Howe

Rio Earth Summit 1992

Olivia Newton John

Kenyan Min of Tourism

Prince Faisal al Rashid

Yeltsin Committee Russia

UN University


Whiskey is for drinking water is for fighting over.

Where have you come from?

Where have you come from? Two days that way.

Where have you come from? Two days that way. Where are you going?

Where have you come from? Two days that way. Where are you going? Three days that way.

Get to know your territory

“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." ~ African saying

He is such a poser !

Use your talents...

Royal Commonwealth Society Gallery, London

“It’s not easy being Green!”

“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.�

Be a Work a Frolic...not a Work a Holick

be aware of habits and


Just because you’ve always done it that way, does not mean it’s not incredibly stupid !

Painting Needs To Be Reinvented

We waste too much...






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This is not a hubcap...

It’s a fish!

One day your life will end... be prepared.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain.

IRRESPONSIBILITY No Single Raindrop Believes It Is Responsible For The Flood.

Develop your Ab’s Roles







Abilities Physical

Mental Emotional Spiritual



"If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability." Henry Ford

Lengthen Your Stride

Make sure you know what to do before you do it.

Mediterranean Israel Suez Canal Jordan

Nile River

Egypt Sinai Desert Saudi Arabia

Red Sea

Spend time in the desert

“No wonder so many many religions religions were were born born in in the the desert, desert, the exterior is so barren it forces one to go inside and think deeply.� deeply.� -- Michael Michael Palin

Apply ancient ways for modern days

Few desires, happy life.

The best of the things you own, is what is useful to you.

HUMMM... chin

Examine what is said, not him who speaks.

In the desert of life the wise person travels by caravan, while the fool prefers to travel alone.

A camel never sees his own hump but those of his brothers are always before him.

The weight of the burden is known only by he who carries it.

Only three things in life are certain - birth, change and death.

Every day of your life is a page of your history.

To each life meaning and purpose.


The values we live by, increase in value when we pass them on.

The camel driver has his plans and the camel has his.

You are like a tree, giving your shade to the outside.

Dwell not upon your weariness, your strength shall be according to the measure of your desire.

Leading by example is better than giving and advice.

Let us sit bent but talk straight.

When you sleep in a house your thoughts are as high as the ceiling, when you sleep outside they are as high as the stars.

The dawn does not come twice to awaken a man, or‌


For every glance behind us, we have to look twice to the future.

“The wars of the next century will be about and over water.” - World Bank

70% of China’s main rivers and lakes are so polluted, the water is completely undrinkable. Fish can’t live in over 31,000 miles of Chinese rivers.

Songhua River near Jilin

SoRES Nile River Expedition

SoRES Nile River Expedition

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Do things differently...

Where better to gain clarity, focus and alignment in your life and career ?

The Golden Rule Illegitimus Non Carborundum

The Golden Rule Illegitimus Non Carborundum

Don’t let the bastards grind you down !

And if all else fails... GO FISH !









Steppingstones, Grindstones & Milestones  

My journey so far as an entrepreneur and adventurer.

Steppingstones, Grindstones & Milestones  

My journey so far as an entrepreneur and adventurer.