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I Chose Adventure
A Memoir
by Jonathan Visbal View author's profile page

Overview


Jonathan Visbal was born ambitious, eager to live the American dream and find success. A graduate of the prestigious Stanford Business School, Visbal joined a successful startup company and rose to the pinnacle of his career as a leadership advisor and executive recruiter at Spencer Stuart, where his clients included top Silicon Valley technology companies. And throughout his successful career, he never lost sight of his ultimate goal: living a life of adventure. In this rollicking memoir, readers will ride pillion for Visbal's thousands of miles of adventure riding throughout the Western United States, Europe and South America; share his thrilling, sometimes perilous, days riding wind and water from California to Maui, South Africa, and New Zealand; and join him onstage with his band, Jonnie Lipps and the Boardheads — the world's first windsurfing rock 'n' roll band — as well as superstars John Lee Hooker and Elvin Bishop and others. Visbal also raises the alarm about the devastation of climate change and the steady erosion of freedom in our technological world, but refuses to surrender his optimism for the future.
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Description


This is a story of adventure.  It is a memoir from the perspective of three of the author's passions: motorcycling, windsurfing, and playing rock 'n' roll.  A fast moving book that reveals how Jonathan Visbal created his own unconventional future, in hopes that everyone who reads it will have the opportunity to create their own fulfilling future and live their life as a work of art.  Visbal also raises the alarm about the devastation of climate change and the steady erosion of freedom in our technological world, but refuses to surrender his optimism for the future.

Endorsements

"Jon Visbal has lived the kind of life that anyone would envy, full of success and rollicking adventure. Who else do you know that not only rose to the pinnacle of success in business, but also made his mark as a rock 'n' roll performer, windsurfed around the world and has ridden countless thousands of miles on many continents on motorcycles? His candid portrayal of a life well-lived will keep you turning the pages, fast and furiously." — Clay Bonnyman Evans, author of "Bones of My Grandfather: Reclaiming a Lost Hero of World War II"

"For nearly four decades, I've deeply admired Jon's recipe for creating the perfect alchemy of adventurous abandon and disciplined attainment.  Never before has there been a more appropriate time for this book that is dedicated to Helen Keller's perspective on life: 'Life is either a great adventure or nothing.' Jon is a role model for curiosity, wisdom, and the deep value of pursuing adventure to attain happiness."  --- Chip Conley, Hospitality Entrepreneur and Bestselling Author

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About the author


Jonathan Visbal was born ambitious, eager to live the American dream and find success. A graduate of the prestigious Stanford Business School, Visbal spent twenty years as a global technology executive and nearly twenty years as a technology industry leadership advisor and executive recruiter.  And throughout his successful career, he never lost sight of his ultimate goal: living a life of adventure. Jonathan Visbal serves as Chairman of the World Affairs Council in San Francisco, and on other boards including Yawye, Inc., a startup company exploring the use of emojis to measure employee sentiment. He has taught managerial ethics at Stanford University and served as an adjunct professor in international telecommunications at the University of San Francisco. He has traveled to 75 countries, lived in Europe and Latin America for 16 years, is fluent in English and Spanish, and has a working knowledge of French and Portuguese. He, his wife and two daughters live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Book details

Genre:SPORTS & RECREATION

Subgenre:Water Sports

Language:English

Pages:250

Format:Paperback

eBook ISBN:9781098309305

Paperback ISBN:9781098309299


Overview


Jonathan Visbal was born ambitious, eager to live the American dream and find success. A graduate of the prestigious Stanford Business School, Visbal joined a successful startup company and rose to the pinnacle of his career as a leadership advisor and executive recruiter at Spencer Stuart, where his clients included top Silicon Valley technology companies. And throughout his successful career, he never lost sight of his ultimate goal: living a life of adventure. In this rollicking memoir, readers will ride pillion for Visbal's thousands of miles of adventure riding throughout the Western United States, Europe and South America; share his thrilling, sometimes perilous, days riding wind and water from California to Maui, South Africa, and New Zealand; and join him onstage with his band, Jonnie Lipps and the Boardheads — the world's first windsurfing rock 'n' roll band — as well as superstars John Lee Hooker and Elvin Bishop and others. Visbal also raises the alarm about the devastation of climate change and the steady erosion of freedom in our technological world, but refuses to surrender his optimism for the future.

Read more

Description


This is a story of adventure.  It is a memoir from the perspective of three of the author's passions: motorcycling, windsurfing, and playing rock 'n' roll.  A fast moving book that reveals how Jonathan Visbal created his own unconventional future, in hopes that everyone who reads it will have the opportunity to create their own fulfilling future and live their life as a work of art.  Visbal also raises the alarm about the devastation of climate change and the steady erosion of freedom in our technological world, but refuses to surrender his optimism for the future.

Endorsements

"Jon Visbal has lived the kind of life that anyone would envy, full of success and rollicking adventure. Who else do you know that not only rose to the pinnacle of success in business, but also made his mark as a rock 'n' roll performer, windsurfed around the world and has ridden countless thousands of miles on many continents on motorcycles? His candid portrayal of a life well-lived will keep you turning the pages, fast and furiously." — Clay Bonnyman Evans, author of "Bones of My Grandfather: Reclaiming a Lost Hero of World War II"

"For nearly four decades, I've deeply admired Jon's recipe for creating the perfect alchemy of adventurous abandon and disciplined attainment.  Never before has there been a more appropriate time for this book that is dedicated to Helen Keller's perspective on life: 'Life is either a great adventure or nothing.' Jon is a role model for curiosity, wisdom, and the deep value of pursuing adventure to attain happiness."  --- Chip Conley, Hospitality Entrepreneur and Bestselling Author

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About the author


Jonathan Visbal was born ambitious, eager to live the American dream and find success. A graduate of the prestigious Stanford Business School, Visbal spent twenty years as a global technology executive and nearly twenty years as a technology industry leadership advisor and executive recruiter.  And throughout his successful career, he never lost sight of his ultimate goal: living a life of adventure. Jonathan Visbal serves as Chairman of the World Affairs Council in San Francisco, and on other boards including Yawye, Inc., a startup company exploring the use of emojis to measure employee sentiment. He has taught managerial ethics at Stanford University and served as an adjunct professor in international telecommunications at the University of San Francisco. He has traveled to 75 countries, lived in Europe and Latin America for 16 years, is fluent in English and Spanish, and has a working knowledge of French and Portuguese. He, his wife and two daughters live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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