He keeps on moving one step forward.
This is a story of a friend who will be able to visit the 197 countries soon. It is very possible as he visited 196 countries as of now. And guess which country is left? I’ll tell you later.
When I met this guy, it seems that I’ve known him for a long time.
He is Johnny Ward, the world traveler, a blogger, an influencer, an entrepreneur, etc. And I’m happy that I’ve met him in Salalah, Oman last November 2016.
But who is Johnny Ward? Yay, it’s not even a question. Maybe you know him as well. Or maybe you are one of the lucky persons who receive e-mails from him.
Johnny Ward is real. I mean, he is a human being… (hahaha).
From the e-mails he sent, he shared a childhood experience that when the harsh winter comes and he feels cold and freezing but they don’t have a heater, his Mom will tell him to just wear his jacket.
He started traveling at the age of 22.
He locked himself in a hospital for a medical research in exchange of a good amount of money so he can travel (it means taking different medicines for experiments to assess side effects to the body, extracting blood several times for studies, etc.)
He taught English in Thailand for 5 years. He said, he didn’t actually teach the children but they were just playing. The kids love him, who wouldn’t?
He started a website OneStep4Ward.com 5 years ago.
It took him 10 years to travel to 196 countries.
He’s not a fan of fan signs, I guess…
Treat him with a Guinness and you’ll call it a date.
He’s in a relationship with beautiful Jaa… Sorry, ladies…
And sometimes, he’s a bully. Yes, he is.
He is determined to complete his goal.
After taking attempts to enter Socotra and kept on failing, he was not defeated. He kept on moving one step forward. (His story of how tough it is to visit Yemen nowadays. You can read it here.)
His journey to Socotra is one of a kind and it only shows that to achieve a dream isn’t easy. Johnny’s experience to enter Yemen is like a scene that we can only see in movies. His full story here.
And now, March 2, 2017, to the most amazing man I’ve met in 2016— welcome back from the Island of Socotra, Yemen. 196/197 ACHIEVED.
He’ll be completing the 197 countries soon with a celebration in the beautiful Norway. Amazing and inspiring, isn’t he?
His lists of achievements, adventures and stories of failures and success are too long. But why I am sharing his story? It is because he is an inspiration and a good friend. Even though I’ve met him for a short time only in one of his frustrating trips, it was great to know him. And for a bonus, he finally added me as a Facebook friend.
How about us? Are we contented waiting and following others as they achieve their goals? Is it enough that we will cheer and be happy as the personalities that we follow attain their dreams?
Or are we going to take the risk now and keep on moving forward in spite of the many failures along the way? How can we know if we will succeed or not if we won’t try?
Johnny Ward is a proof.
How about us? Let us keep moving forward.
P.S. Here’s the latest blog of Johnny with his adventures in Socotra Island, Where Avatar Meets Jurassic Park, and for sure, after reading it, Socotra will be in your adventure list.