Diana is not one to quit. In her sixties she came out of a 30 year retirement to re-attempt an elusive dream: swimming 103 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage. She tried and failed many times, but with each failed attempt she became more determined to continue reaching for her dream. Her motto became ‘find a way!’
She ran into the same obstacles over and over, and failed many times before success, just as business owners often do. Somehow, each time she picked herself up and got back out there, a little wiser and more experienced with every new attempt.
There were many obstacles. She was forced to stop her second attempt after 29 hours in the water, after encountering strong currents and winds that pushed her miles off course to the east. She had to stop her third attempt after about 41 hours, 67 nautical miles through the 103 nautical miles passage, because of jellyfish and Portuguese man-of-war stings and after currents pushed her off course. On her fourth attempt despite potentially deadly Box Jellyfish stings, Diana continued her swim for 41 long hours, but the swim was eventually compromised by the physical effects of the stings.
Finally in 2013, on her fifth attempt and at age 64, she became the first person confirmed to swim from Cuba to Florida without the aid of a shark cage.
Talk about some serious obstacles in the way, yet Diana did finally find a way! When you have a real dream, there is always a way – find a way!