Dear Member, April 15 - Climb the Corporate Ladder

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It seems that people are always drawing a correlation between business endeavors and mountain climbing endeavors; Don’t quit, don’t give up, you only have a way to go before you reach the top; You’ve climbed the corporate ladder. You're life has become all about getting to the top; Having that Park Avenue view. We’re inundated with inspirational and motivational quotes such as, “The harder you fall, the heavier your heart; the heavier your heart, the stronger you climb; the stronger you climb, the higher your pedestal.” (Criss Jami, Killosophy). However, in reality, Ed Viesturs really nails it, “Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory.”
On a recent trip, I decided to do some hiking. There is a beautiful mountain called “Chinaman’s Hat” that was in perfect view of the cottage where I was staying. I’m not a hiker, and we had been warned of the difficulty of the hike; but nonetheless, I was determined to do it and explore the place. To make a long story short, we kayaked to “Chinaman’s Hat” and arrived on its rocky shore.
We immediately started the climb. This was not a leisurely hike. It was more like rock climbing, but I was still committed, none the less. When we got to the last portion before being able to reach the top, I was faced with straight up rock climbing and using a rope for the final ascent. The truth be known, that was my moment of truth. I had to assess the situation with my own capabilities and decide if this climb was even worth the risk. Sure, I wasn’t going to get the panoramic view if I didn’t continue, but I had a good view from where I was, and I was still in one piece. Finally, I decided I was happy with where I had made, it and I felt a sense of accomplishment.
It was the best decision I ever made. It’s not about making it to the top; it’s about assessing the situation and making good decisions. I defined my own success and felt proud of how far I had climbed. I was satisfied with having an amazing view right from where I was. I knew I had made the right choice. My decision was affirmed after we paddled back and sat in our beach chairs enjoying a Corona while watching two people get rescued from the top of Chinaman’s Hat by helicopters. Apparently, they were more interested in getting to the top. 
Know your goals and be satisfied when you’ve reached them without losing your life to your work. 
Work hard, be productive, and above all else stay positive.
Peggy White
Executive Director
Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce
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