Do You Engage These Sabot Secrets to Spark Your Gigs


by Burt Dubin on August 12, 2013

In this article you see how to engage the winds and tides of your life to propel yourself from where you are as an aspiring public speaker to anywhere you please:

The twin engine Chris Craft tears along about 20 feet away on my port side. I am wide-eyed, fascinated by its sleek lines and its deep throaty sounds. Well dressed men and women in their nautical blue and whites lounge on the rear deck, laughing and drinking as the roar past my little sabot.

The moment their huge wake reaches my small boat, (skippered by a not-very-aware 12-year old,) I am capsized, my 15-foot mains’l flat on the water. I am instantly dumped into the water of the bay behind Ventnor, New Jersey.

I can’t tell you how I get the sabot. It is there one morning moored to the sewer pipe a foot or so out from the bulkhead at Baton Rouge Avenue. Our small house is only 50 feet from the water. For a year or so this wonderful boat is my big toy. Then it is gone. As mysteriously as the way it arrives. And, oh, the cosmic lessons I learn while I have it.

It is all of 9 feet long. Big enough for one grown-up or 2 small boys. It has a centerboard, a rudder, a 15-foot mains’l, no jib—and oarlocks and oars, just in case. And a little toot-toot bicycle horn.

In this vessel I teach myself to sail. I learn to turn into the wind, to tack, to make the most of the prevailing wind and tide. I can sail anywhere I want to go. All by using the tiller and the sail to engage whatever wind and tide there is.

My favorite sport is to sail south about half a mile to the Dorset Avenue bridge linking Ventnor with Ventnor Heights. It is an old drawbridge, complete with bridge keeper and 2 huge arms that come down to stop traffic as the bridge opens up to allow boats to pass.

My 15-foot mast can’t make it under the bridge. So I sound my little toot-toot horn as I approach. The great arms go down. The bridge slowly opens. I, a little kid, am able to stop the whole world to let me pass. Wow!

Then, once safely beyond the bridge, I turn into the wind, (that’s called “tacking”,) turn around and stop the world once more as I sail home to dinner. Such a thrill. Such a sense of power.

I discover this principle: Engage prevailing conditions to get yourself from where you are to where you want to be.

This is cosmic. Sailing that little sabot I discover one of the crucial secrets to the attainment of whatever I want.

The winds and tides of life simply are. They are neither good nor bad. They simply are. And whatever they happen to be at the time, they are a force, a living force. All you have to do, as the navigator of your transit across the ocean of your life is recognize the currents of the wind and water. Then engage those currents. Armed with this wisdom, nothing can stop you if you simply set your sail to engage the wind and hold the tiller resolutely to engage the tide.

What does this mean to you as a speaker——or as an aspirant?

This: Engage prevailing conditions. You then navigate your speaking career more wisely.


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