What we can learn from Mount Everest

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What we can learn from Mount Everest

At just over 29,000 ft, Mount Everest is a formidable mountain to conquer. It is on the list of many mountaineers and thrill-seekers as one to tick off, but if anyone attempted to climb unprepared they would be in danger of losing their lives. Anyone who wants to climb and be successful needs a plan. And in a lot of ways as business owners, we are in the same position, it’s not enough to have a goal to earn a certain amount of money or to grow your business, you need a plan to get there.  

 

So at the start of a new year, I thought it would be helpful to take a look at the successful climbers of Everest and see what we can learn from them. 2022 is the year when you as a business owner can climb your Everest.  

 

Take it in stages  

 

Climbing Everest isn’t possible in one go, you need to take it in stages to be safe. There are six stages you need to take on to get to the top, each with its challenges.  

The first stage is to get to the base camp, which will lay the foundation that will help you climb up the rest of the steps. Then Camp 1 sits at 20,000 ft, and the route to get there is over a moving glacier. Camp 2 is a bit flatter but can go from extremes in temperature which can be mentally tougher than the steep climbs. When you get to the 2nd camp you can see the peak of Everest for the first time. Camp 3 is difficult as there is an ice wall that needs to be traversed. The camp itself is like an eagle’s nest, perched on the edge of the mountain, and is dangerous. But the views are known to be stunning and you can look back and see how far you have come. Camp 4 is the highest camp on earth at 26,000 ft. It is known as the death zone. Humans struggle to survive unaided if they are unfamiliar with the altitude and need extra oxygen. Many get there and don’t make it to the summit. It is another 3000 ft to get to the top of Everest. The satisfaction when you get there must be immense, as only two-thirds of the climbers who set out actually reach the summit. 

 

How to climb your Everest  

 

Now while there is less altitude sickness when it comes to growing your business, there are a lot of similarities. The path to Everest is much like the path in business, you need the effort to be successful. Here are some of the lessons we can learn:  

 

  1. No one can reach the top of Everest without setting a goal. In your business, you need to set big goals and have an end destination in mind.  

 

  1. You need to build a good foundation before starting to climb. For a mountaineer that could take years of training and preparation. Planning and preparation can seem boring and feel like you are not getting anywhere, but planning and preparing and putting systems in place will really ensure you get where you want to go.  

 

  1. You really need to make a plan now on how you can reach your goal. The camps on Everest are where you can re-group and take stock before pushing to the next camp. Breaking a big goal down into stages means that you consistently take a few steps every day to the next step. Your journey seems more achievable, and you can make the changes you need to make gradually.  

 

  1. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. When climbing Everest, Sherpas are vital to guide climbers up the mountain. They have been there and done that, have a wealth of experience and know exactly where and when the challenges and dangers are. When in business you enter unknown territory, don’t be afraid to ask for help and get advice on how to tackle challenges in the right way. It can save you a lot of money in the long run. Coaches are a great resource and they can fast track you on the way to your goal, as they see past the day-to-day running of your business and can work out strategies to reach goals faster.  

 

  1. Remember the end goal isn’t the only significant achievement. Each time you reach a goal you need to celebrate and recognise that you need to stop every now and again and enjoy the journey. This could be just the psychological boost you need to get there. Goals can change, life can be surprising and it doesn’t always take goals into consideration. Maybe you need to stop and take a different track. Everest climbers sometimes have to change their goal if the weather or conditions change, but they have already achieved so much and it is worth celebrating. 

 

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