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T he very first day of this month, we celebrate National Mountain Climbing Day, a less popular holiday that can be significant depending on how you perceive it. Literally speaking, I’m a mountain climber. Every year, I climb Guardsman Pass on my bike, starting as soon as the snow melts enough for me to make the trip. But I have also gone on several hiking and backpacking trips up mountains here in Utah. During my frequent trips to Mt. Timpanogos, a peak close to my house, one climb stands out a little more than the rest, and not just because of its elevation. Several years ago, I was serving as a scout leader and took the 12–14-year-olds up Kings Peak, the highest mountain in Utah. Unfortunately, I didn’t physically or mentally prepare as much as I should have, and I packed way too much. I even brought along a 2-pound bag of licorice which I quickly realized was overkill. But that’s the temptation when you’re trying a new adventure — you think you need to bring everything when, in reality, it's much better to pack only essentials. During all of these climbs, whether on bike or foot, I’ve had moments where I considered turning around. But, in those defeating moments, I realized that if I quit, I’d regret it. So, I dug my heels in and pressed onward. The most important lesson I’ve learned from all this climbing is once you’re standing at the top of the mountain,
journeying up those mountains, I put my head to the ground and pushed forward. Just as I trained and prepared for epic mountain climbing trips, I sought out all the opportunities I could to better myself as an entrepreneur and an attorney. If I felt nervous about an upcoming trial, I tried to find opportunities to speak in public to calm my nerves. I associated myself with others who had paved their own path similar to mine. I asked them for advice to gain perspective and understanding. Just as you would consult fellow climbers
“THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON I’VE LEARNED FROM ALL THIS CLIMBING IS ONCE YOU’RE STANDING AT THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN, HILL, OR PASS, YOU WILL NEVER REGRET HAVING PERSEVERED.”
for information regarding clothes, food, and trail reports, if you’re starting a new professional venture, turn to like- minded people for counsel. Lastly, try not to compare your own success with others. If you’re attempting a peak for the first time, you wouldn’t be upset if someone who climbs the mountain every day passed you on the trail. The same goes for pursuing a new professional dream. It doesn’t matter how much better or worse someone else is doing. As long as you’re moving, you’re progressing. It doesn’t matter how slow your pace.
hill, or pass, you will never regret having persevered. You never finish the challenge and think, “That was a waste of my time.” In my experience, regret only comes from not trying at all. This lesson helped me persevere when I decided to start my own law practice all those years ago. I read several statistics claiming that 80% of small businesses fail within the first 10 years. As a new business owner, I understood the odds were stacked against me. But, just as I did in the moments of exhaustion or fear when
In business and in life, you never know what the future holds, but, if you keep your mind open, exercise a little faith, and give yourself the shot you deserve, opportunities open themselves up for you. Try it, and you’ll see!
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