“There are no easy Fourteeners.”
“Stay on the trail – there are no shortcuts.”
That’s what the sign to Quandary Peak said, and anyone that has done fourteeners, in this case over 14,200 feet, knows this. It’s a grind.
I shot the video above at the top after about 3 hours of ascent. The summit was beautiful, and the climb was hard on the lungs and legs. But the reward was exhilarating!
I don’t like shortcuts. I think it is wasteful and illusionary. It appeals to our laziness and greed, and that’s why it is so tempting.
The way I look at it is that if there were shortcuts that were easy, then someone would tell someone else, and everyone would do it.
If you want to compete in anything, then you have to pay the price like the other athletes and achievers. If you want to build a brand or business, you have to build the foundation with process, systems and leadership.
Of course, you can remain small or go after less, and that is quite fine. Not everyone is wired or built to go after big things. The fear may be too great, the effort too large, or you have actual limitations that will keep you from going after some things.
But if you do decide to make something remarkable happen, then expect the journey will be arduous and that you can’t skip steps.
Maybe you are not getting the results you want out of life because you expect a shortcut or things to be easy. If you haven’t found that to be the case yet, how about reassessing your expectations and align with the reality of things worth achieving. They are hard, and you can’t change the route.
You can change yourself and how you approach it. Embrace hard.