Quest \k’west\ n. 1. search, pursuit. 2. an enterprise in medieval romance usually involving an adventurous journey.
I’m captivated by people who are on a quest. Years ago, when I was starting my first business, I met the Mel Fisher family, the treasure hunters who found the sunken treasure from the Spanish galleon “Atocha”. In exchange for some work I did for the Fishers, I received a coin that I had crafted into a necklace. I get fired up every time I wear it because it tells such a compelling story.
I love the energy and intensity generated when you’re on a quest. Mel Fisher had a dream to find the Nuestra Senora de Atocha and the Santa Margarita, the Spanish galleons that sank during a hurricane in 1622, near Key West, Florida. The ships were on the way back from Mexico to Spain, laden with gold and silver. The hunt took 16 years of tireless searching and millions of dollars. The cost went far beyond money when Mel & Deo lost a son in an accident on one of the boats. Mel was called a dreamer and a visionary and undoubtedly, some people thought he was crazy. But he wouldn’t give up, and is known for starting every day with the words, “Today’s the Day!”.
The $450 million dollar treasure cache or “Atocha Mother Lode” was located on July 20, 1985. What was only a dream instantly became an undeniable reality. If you have the audacity to call him “lucky”, you’ve missed the greater part of the story.
Vision, commitment, perseverance, hope, discipline, focus, resolve… these are all part of a quest. The critical difference between a dreamer and someone who’s on a quest? Action. Today and every day.
The greatest treasure of all can’t be charted on a map. It’s within you. Undoubtedly it’s a lifelong quest to bring it all to the surface so the world can enjoy it.
So what’s your story – are you on a quest? As for me, I’m going after the wealth within with all I’ve got.
The world has yet to see the full manifestation of the possibilities within you. Today’s the Day!