Mountain Climbing Parallels to Career Tranistion

“The ego seeks the summit, the soul seeks the climb”   (need a reference for the author, but picked this up from Finbar O’Sullivan Kelowna Trades when presenting at CBD Network Kelowna Feb 9, 2011).

He presented on a fund raiser “Peaks for Polio” where he and a team hiked the mountain called Aconcaqua.  It is difficult to climb, don’t go without a skilled guide and donkeys!!!!

Wiki reference:

Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the Americas href=””>Andes mountain range, in the Argentine province of Mendoza. The summit is located about 5 kilometres from San Juan Province, 15 kilometres from the international border with Chile and about 50 miles northeast of the Chilean capital of Santiago. It lies 112 kilometres (70 mi) west by north of the city of Mendoza. Aconcagua is the highest peak in both the Western and Southern Hemispheres. It is one of the Seven Summits.

Finbars story is one of explaining many things about their trek including those who don’t make it to the top, lives lost and that we all need to get out of our comfort zone to achieve change in life.    They took 19 days to reach the summit. 

So I climbed a mountain yesterday, in a 2005 van !!!    I drove from Kelowna BC to Calgary AB to check out careers.     At the top of the summit of Rogers Pass it was snowing.   It always seems to be snowing in Revelstoke!!

And in Revelstoke the snow is deep.

Finbar left us with a couple more motivation phrases, “Each day do something positive to move forward on your job search”.   “Whatever you have to do you are going to do it”  “You may have to stop climbing the mountain but not for lack of trying”.  Climbers mountain, “Step, Step, Rest”.  “You can always find work, but can you find work / adventure that challenges you?”   

Finbar has a good story about “crampons” those things you put on your boots to walk on ice and snow.   There is a right way and a wrong way to put them on.   If you put on them on wrong they don’t work too well, and like many things in life he said, “If it didn’t work in the past, it is not going to work now.”

He also talked alot about Altitude, funny sounds a bit like Attitude.   What he said and showed in his pictures was that Altitude affects different people in Different ways, you don’t know until you get into it.   I suspect his is why true blooded mountiain climbers seek out higher and higher peaks, to keep reinventing and challenging their skills.

One last quote from Finbar….   “Life is full of challenges and we need to think of it that way”.


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