Sorry, not a Julie Andrews post. 🙂
Last week, several members of our team had the opportunity to see One Step Beyond WorldWide founder John Amatt, who is perhaps best-known for his mountaineering and for being the principal organizer and leader of Canada’s first successful expedition to reach the top of Mount Everest. He spoke at an event hosted by Accelerent, a business development platform. During the event, Amatt shared his sometimes-harrowing tale of the climb, but cleverly used it as a metaphor for scaling the heights of today’s unpredictable business environment – and conquering one’s fears of even attempting to scale such heights in business or otherwise.
Growing up, as it turns out, Amatt was blessed with loving and doting parents – so much so he never completely learned to do things on his own. This was best evidenced when his mother simply asked him to get out of the car one day as a teen to ask a passerby a quick question – he froze, unable to find the confidence to approach the stranger.
In planning, preparing, endeavoring and reflecting on his climbs – there were many before and many after the famed Everest jaunt, of course – he not only learned to talk to (and lean on) strangers, but took away these lessons, applicable to all of us in business and out:
Update: The HMA Public Relations team is still attending all of the amazing Accelerent breakfasts. Be sure to continue following our blog in order to read some of the incredible advice offered at the most recent breakfasts.