This former Royal Navy sailor became the first registered blind person to row across the Atlantic Ocean. After becoming blind of macular degeneration in his twenties and losing his career in the military, he set out to do something astounding and was recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records. While many were quick to credit his astounding comeback to the so-called “power of positive thinking,” Lock claims he’s a pessimist, and that this is the actual secret of his success. Could pessimism really be the source of his success? Is there science to back up this claim?
Read more about Alan Lock in the upcoming book Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success, due to be published by HarperCollins/HarperWave in June, 2014.