Dr. Dave's Eclectic Blog



I once went through a money phase.

I spent five years studying Investments, and I even took two semesters of college level accounting so I could read financial statements and understand what made companies tick. I learned how to recognize healthy companies, and I could ferret out companies vulnerable in financial downturns.

It was a fascinating study - learning how capitalism works. Seeing how companies could hide malfeasance and misadventures by cleverly manipulating their financial statements. I had a full tool bag sufficient to become an excellent long term investor.

But then something happened. I started looking at the world through dollar sign eyes.

When you look at the world with dollar sign eyes, you put a price on everything in your life. Your mental balance sheet is always up and running, and the really good things in life don’t fit on that balance sheet. A personal financial statement overlooks the things that make living worthwhile and turn life into an unforgettable adventure.

It took me five years to figure out that life was not about money, and looking at the world through dollar sign eyes blinded me to the important things in my life.

If I continued on a money driven quest, I would have been rich, but I would have missed out on my greatest adventures. A big pile of money is nice to have, and it gives you many options, but it still is a poor substitute for all the things I would have to give up to get the mountain of money.

I shifted gears and adventure with my family became my quest.

I had six different Land Rover Defender expeditionary vehicles that I used to travel around the world. My kids learned to drive in the deserts of Arabia on camping trips in the Empty Quarter - we camped with them between 60 to 90 nights a year in the Arabian sands. OverlandUni.com

We purchased a Privilege 39 Catamaran and went on an eleven year sailing voyage around the world, and in the process my children became citizens of the world.

I realize that most people would not want to spend their life the way I spent mine, and that’s ok. It was my life, and my family, and my opportunity to create a life that was meaningful to me.

Now that I have more than seven decades under my belt, I have no regrets.

Ok, I have a few regrets, but none of them have anything to do with money. Those regrets are wasted time and missed opportunities to go where I could have gone, to do what I could have done done, and to become all that was possible for me to be.

My holy grail still is to have more adventures until I am all used up.

My balance sheet is different than most.

Health is wealth and time is pure gold.

God willing, I will stay healthy, and I will have time for many more adventures.

If you have your health, and you have time, you are the richest person on planet earth.

Dr. Dave




Pushing back the limits in your life

Pushing Back The Limits In Your Life

Many times I felt like I had taken things to the limit, but on further examination, it was clear I simply had enough. I was done and was unwilling to do whatever it takes to continue. Hitting the wall of absolute limits has never been a problem. The envelope of possibility is infintely large, and the likelihood of encountering absolute limits is infinitesimally small. There are no limits. There are only limiting beliefs.

Grand Schemes and Other Important Things

Grand Schemes And Other Important Things

In the grand scheme of things, my grand schemes seem fairly insignificant. In a global sense it's easy to feel as if my life counts for nothing, or at most, counts for little. When someone tells me that I shouldn't be doing things that are important to me, and that I'm wasting my life, they are really saying that my dreams don't count in their scheme of things. 

Daktari Without Borders

Living Without Borders

I am a daktari without borders. I am not sure when and where borders disappeared from my mind, but sometime in the last quarter century, I became a citizen of the world. Wherever I am on planet earth, I feel at home in my borderless world. Find out what it's like to live without borders.

Guilty of Living My Dreams

Guilty Of Living My Dreams

When my life is over and on judgment day I stand in the final line up with all the rest, I hope millions of people can point their finger at me, pick me out of the line up, and say, "He's the one. That's definitely him. He's different from the rest. He didn't conform, and he is guilty of living his dreams.

Negative Thoughts Are A Dream Stealer

Negative Thoughts Are A Dream Stealer

You are never safe from negation. Unchecked negativity can rapidly flush the achievements of a lifetime down the drain. If you ever reach your dreams, it will be because you stopped listening to the voice of fear and negation. You stopped looking at your limitations and stopped constructing barriers that exist only in your mind.

Everything Possible Nothing Impossible

Impossible Should Not Be In Your Vocabulary

Faith isn’t something that must be present before you move in the direction of your dreams. Rather it’s something that develops after you start moving. When you start out, you don’t see how your dreams are possible. Nevertheless, the moment you take the first step, faith instantly comes into your life. Never look at faith as the path to a life of leisure. God gave you faith so you could see things other people can’t see and do things other people can’t do.

Fear Doctor

Things I Feared That Never Happened

I could write an entire book called, "Things I Feared That Never Happened," and follow that up with a second book entitled, "I Feared The Wrong Things." Almost always, fear is a waste of time. Most of the things you fear will never happen, and you fear the wrong things. When the hobglobins of fear start dancing in your mind, it's time to refocus on other things. Learn how to squelch the voice of fear with a positive focus!

What Woud Steve Do?

What Would Steve Do?

For me, the dream is all about adventure, freedom, and being really alive. Although I like seeing the sights wherever we go, I think it's the sense of adventure coupled with the freedom to do what I want to do with my life, seasoned with a pinch of adrenalin that makes it all worthwhile.

Imagine, Believe, Receive

Imagine, Believe, Receive

The first step in moving toward your dreams is to doubt your limits. Once you doubt your limits, it's almost as if you are born again. You get an entirely new life with radically different rules of engagement. You enter the Promised Land of Imagine, Believe, and Receive. I know this to be true because I have been there.

Dr. Dave's Eclectic Blog - Positive Thinking Doctor - David J. Abbott M.D.


More than two decades ago, Captain Dave (aka Dr. Dave) started writing and creating websites as he sailed around the world on his sailboat, SV Exit Only. Those early websites and books evolved into the Positive Thinking Network you see today.

Captain Dave lived overseas for twenty-eight years in his globe trotting lifestyle until he became a Flying Doctor with the Indian Health Service working for ten years in the American Southwest flying out to deliver health care to the Apache, Hopi, Hualapai, Havasupai, and Colorado River Tribes.

Dr. Dave completed his work with the Indian Health Service in Arizona, and now runs the Positive Thinking Network full time either from his catamaran or his Land Rover Defenders as he travels around the world

The Positive Thinking Network has a global outreach sending a positive message to 196 countries, and it is your definitive source of positive thinking on the World Wide Web. 

With hundreds of positive websites, and more than a million pages and podcasts downloaded each month, it's where you come to learn everything you want to know about positive thinking. The Positive Thinking Network focuses on positive self-talk, positive spirituality, winning the battle against depression, PTSD, and positive adventure.

Hundreds of family safe websites stand ready to fill your mind with positive things.

Dr. Dave and the Positive Thinking Network work around the clock to change the world, one person at a time, one web page at a time, and one podcast at a time.