It’s not the elevation, it’s the struggle
I now know why people climb Mount Everest, or take part in endurance marathons.
There was a time when I used to think that they were insane. The risk of death or injury, the cost in both financial terms and in compromised relationships…
Not to mention the opportunity cost of what else they could of been doing.
But now I understand, part of the reason is about the calling, and the struggle. I decided to get into the oil and gas business 6 months into the worst downturn in at least 30 years. At the time of writing we are around 3 years in with no sign of an upturn.
Contracts are being cancelled or put on hold. Around half a million people have lost their jobs. Many potential clients are saying; “this all sounds great, but we aren’t spending money at the moment.”
I’ve experienced some tough times psychologically, that go way beyond the normal entrepreneurs doubts. I’ve seen it said that it is better to be an average company in a thriving market, then an exceptional company in a down market. It certainly seems to be true. Yet, here I am, still working harder than ever.
Persistence, hopelessness and following dreams…
In fact, the more setbacks I have, the more hopeless things have seemed at times, the stronger my resolve becomes.
Because I see this journey as the hardest that I’ve ever experienced. The most challenging by far. At the same time, I know that when I arrive, it will be a crowning moment in my life, one that just won’t happen very often.
Most of all, I know that I am on the right path because of spiritual* clues that I receive.
When a solution to a problem presents itself at exactly the right time, sometimes within 24 hours of the time when it is needed.
When a great idea comes to me, I sometimes get goose pimples all over my body, slightly blurred vision and a feeling on euphoria or ecstasy. (This happens when I’m not under the influence of drugs or alcohol!)
In between challenges, wetback and overwhelm, I get the feeling that I am on the path of my destiny, that I am really building something. This feeling happens more often over time, and my dream becomes more detailed and focused.
When I evaluate financial issues, I always decide that I will keep going unless I am forced to stop, as I there is no real choice in the matter.
*When I say spiritual, you can take that as you will, in accordance to your own beliefs. These belief can range from ‘being touched by god’ to ‘good on you, that’s the spirit!’
Whether we see this type of journey as part of destiny, a divine path, or chemical reactions in the brain that create illusions…
It doesn’t matter at all…
Is Elon right?
Because I believe that the facing of new challenges and the eventual victory is one of the main purposes in like. If Elon is correct, and life is a simulation, a ‘Total Recall’ type experience, then I believe that I’ve signed up for the entrepreneur package.
The entrepreneurial virtual reality package is perhaps just as rewarding as the mountaineering one. But damn, it certainly FEELS real, kudos to the VR programmers!