What mountaineering and rock climbing teach me about business.

photo12This year I had the opportunity to summit Mt. Rainier. And to train for it, went to the top of Mt Whitney as well. Plans still include a few century bike rides and a rock climbing trip to Moab to take on Castleton Tower. First. I love these adventures. They challenge me. I go into them hoping for a moment that causes me to really push myself, beyond what I think I can. But in all cases, I do the hard work beforehand to set myself up for success.

Same goes for how I approach business.

Do I seek the opportunity to push myself creatively? Check.

Do I work hard in advance – whether its strategic planning and gaining a new skill set – to set myself and my team up for success? Check.

Do I do the research to gain as much knowledge in advance as possible, to help all involved, the client and the team, to excel? Check.

Do I work with the best team members possible? Check.

In business, as in rock climbing or summiting a mountain, the preparation and the attention to detail is the difference between making it to the top or not. Success or failure.

But don’t get me wrong. I push myself. Sometimes I try the more challenging route at the climbing gym because I know Im ready for a bigger challenge. And even if I don’t succeed, it drives me to work that much harder the next time. Same goes for business. We don’t always succeed. But hopefully we learn from the times we try something new, step out of the comfort zone, or yes, even make a mistake. It all fuels us to do better the next time and to take what we learned from the experience to build our foundation for the next challenge, whether it’s at the top of Castleton Tower or developing a new campaign strategy to meet a client’s business objectives.



Local Beauty

The beauty of San Gorgonio

The beauty of San Gorgonio

I am continually amazed at the beauty of Southern California. From the coastlines to the mountains – it’s a great playground to have in your backyard. If you haven’t taken the time to hike a few of our great local spots – try something out soon. On July 4 I spent the day hiking Mt. San Gorgonio. It’s a breathtaking climb. And there is nothing better than a little lunch at the top. Go out and hike something local!

Challenge Yourself!

Sometimes inspiration comes from the most interesting places. For me it was a Citi Bank commercial. You know the one – the girl, buys shoes, rope, and stands on top of the spire – which I discovered was Ancient Art in Moab, Utah. Now I love rock climbing – especially in Joshua Tree (in the County of San Bernardino!) But taking on the challenge of researching, then training to climb Ancient Art was a great test. And the success of standing at the top of the spire on June 23 was amazing! The best part? I’m  inspired to push myself even farther: Next up – Castleton and possibly Mt Whitney rock climbs.

On top of Ancient Art in Moab, Utah.

On top of Ancient Art in Moab, Utah.

Taking a break on the rocks