Risk & Business Magazine Reider Insurance Fall 2015 - Page 17

I think that the label could be broader and I think people can strive to take a step back and make a list of everything that’s inspiring in their life. True life planning does affect business planning if you’re an entrepreneur because you have the means to your own end within your control. I think that kind of thinking leads to people doing several things at once that might seem to be mutually exclusive, like being an entrepreneur and an adventurer at the same time. How did the Seven Summits goal come about? with a small mountain. There’s lots of humorous learning along the way, but then set some records in that area. How has completing the goal changed the way you approach your business life? You’re really humbled by the size of something as large as Everest. You’re in a tent for three months and you realize that you’re very fortunate, because many people die trying it, to come out alive and healthy. Then, be true to the process. No limits. If you had all the time, money, and energy in the world with no limits, what would you want to do? Also, what would you want to become? Climbing a mountain teaches you to be respectful of the process of setting really big goals, but also that you can set large goals and break them down. Some people say that we, as humans, underestimate what we can accomplish in ten years by far and overestimate what we can accomplish in a year. Coming from somebody being successful in climbing the Seven Summits, the suggestion is you take that into the rest of your life. Set big goals for things you think you wouldn’t be able to accomplish. That Seven Summit goal came out of one of those planning sessions. I had never climbed a foot on a mountain in my life, but the challenge was to climb the Seven Summits. Does that include Everest? It does. If we set that as a goal, maybe start What I often say is if an ordinary fat guy like me can make it to the summits of the world, then what big goals are you potentially not setting for yourself that would be inspiring for you? Setting big goals requires The Seven Summits are the highest mountain on each continent, including Everest. The goal came about through one of the life planning processes, which is to make a list of everything that you want to do and everything you want to become by the end of your life. RISK & BUSINESS MAGAZINETM FALL 2015 17