What does summiting Mount Everest have to do with building a business?
When it comes to doing something difficult, whether it’s building a business or climbing Everest, there are no shortcuts.
The goal may be clear but the path isn’t.
There is less of a difference than you might think between scaling the world’s highest peak and scaling a startup. Grit, innovation, tirelessness, and bloody-minded determination will keep moving you forward, but it’s the people on your team who help you reach the summit. It’s not hard to see this from the context of growing a business, where despite the difficulties in our path we keep strategizing, reflecting, innovating, and growing; sharing our successes, learning from our failures, and picking each other up when we falter.
The key, says van Marken, is "knowing who’s on the end of your rope."
Here’s the thing: if it was easy everyone would do it. There’s no fast-track, no shortcut, there’s only hard work and trusting the process. You don’t become a CEO overnight. You don’t become a Team Lead without earning your stripes. Whether it’s building a world-class business or ascending the Hillary Step, you can’t breathe the rarified air unless you’ve acclimatized to the altitude.
Working at a startup is not a walk in the park, it’s scaling a mountain. At ThinkData, we can’t promise you an easy trek, but we can promise you that we’ll reach the peak together.
There are countless people who contribute to the success of every summit. Without the support of local individuals and communities, no expedition would be possible. Unfortunately, many are injured or lose their lives in the course of helping adventurers find their summit. The Juniper Fund helps families of those who have been injured or killed in the of work, specifically in Nepal, by providing extended support and education. If you would like more information or to donate, please visit their website: www.thejuniperfund.org/