7 Things I Learned on a Mountain

7 Things I Learned on Stratton Mountain (#29029):

  1. Complacency is the enemy of growth. You must take off the ‘cruise control’ and intentionally push your limits as often as possible.
  2. Physical discomfort creates emotional connection. You will make your best friends outside of your comfort zone.
  3. Successful, smart, driven people want to spend time with successful, smart, driven people. Like attracts like.
  4. You aren’t competing with anyone else — in life or in business — you are always competing with yourself. Never play the comparison game because you will always lose.
  5. Inch by inch, life’s a cinch. Yard by yard, life is hard. Take things step by step (literally and figuratively)
  6. Change your ‘have to’s’ to ‘get to’s.’ I didn’t have to climb a mountain — I got to! View things as privileges, not obligations.
  7. The climbs I did by myself were the hardest by far. The climbs I did with others felt much easier. The engaging conversation and mutual support made a huge difference. Life was not meant to be tackled alone.