What I learned on the climb

Hi, I'm Deidre. In my posts, I talk about my voyage down the road of self-employment as a website copywriter, my achievements and roadblocks along the way, and what I’m learning as I go (with Marketing Mentor as my guide).

My friend visited last week … the same friend I ran the NYC Marathon with (a few years and much better shape ago). We like challenging ourselves together. So while most people would take their first-time-to-Ireland guest to Galway for some pubbing and Guinness drinking, I dragged my friend up a mountain called Croagh Patrick.


I learned a few things about mountain climbing—that are also quite relevant to business:

1. You might think you’re in shape, but this particular activity is different. Just because I can run on a treadmill for an hour, does not automatically mean I can climb (albeit small) mountains. Mountains require different focus, and different muscles. In business, you’ve got to prepare the muscles you need for dealing with money, for example, because they are different ones than you use for dealing with clients.

2. It’s a mental battle. Overcoming my own inner-head crazy voice is my biggest challenge in most areas of my life. But it seems if you just keep moving forward, you’ll get there.

3. You’ll fall down. I spend the whole way down (and some of the way up) on my rear end.

4. A broken stick won’t help. Climbing a mountain in running sneakers doesn’t work! They are slippery and have no ankle support. Also, my stumpy walking stick was more useful for throwing when I became aggravated.  You need real tools when ascending mountains and when growing your business.

5. What looks really high—probably is—but it’s still doable. From the bottom, Croagh Patrick looked ginormous. Halfway up it still looked ginormous. But we made it. This gives me confidence that I can get to where I want to be in business too.

6. You need to take time to enrich yourself personally. Personal growth and accomplishment shine in all areas of your life.

7. Take the advice of experts along the way. There are people who’ve done it before. You’ll meet them along the way. Heed their advice, it’s usually wise. The avid climbers we met along the way gave us tips for navigating the loose rocks.

I hope this helps you get to the top of your mountain!

Go climb something. Let me know what you learn.