Jim Collins: Fallure counted as success, didn't matter whether or not I made the top. The question is, did I go to fallure? And that to me has been kind of a life lesson; 'cause there's lots of choices between failure and fallure. There come these moments, do you put everything in, did you try you hardest, did you know that you couldn't have left one little thing unturned? I mean, you put, you know, you went, you still might have failed. You might not have made it, but you know what was a fallure attempt. You looked at it and you can’t expect any more out of yourself. Because you didn't succeed but you did it with honor and therefore, you succeeded. And for me, climbing is a constant test piece of failure and fallure and it's an inner journey and that cliff doesn't care. But, it's all what happens in here.
The other is, and a thing I think is about kind of keeping yourself anew but maybe it happens in fly-fishing too. Always be looking for the things that will make you a beginner. Huh? So, you can kind of, as you go along, you can say, I'm going to do more and more of this stuff I'm already expert at. And I'll do the climbs that I can most easily achieve because I'm most expert at those. Or, you can say, I'm not very good at wide cracks, for example, I think I'll go do wide cracks at age 52. Why ? Because I'm really bad at them. I will therefore get the joy of being a beginner. And the wonderful aspect of throwing yourself constantly into situations, where you aren't very good at it, which then allows you the joy of being a beginner. My wife likes to say I'm the most expert beginner she knows. And actually I think that's really true, climbing is a place where I actually, once I've mastered something I'll just put it in my repertoire. What I'm really interested in is the journey through what I don't know, and climbing provides that.
And the last thing from climbing that's been really key for me is, there are so many things from climbing. We talked a lot here about the people thing. When I was younger, I used to say, what climb do I want to do and I'll try to figure out who I can get to go with me. And if life is people and I think it is. I don't do it that way anymore. It's who do I want to climb with and then I'll figure out what to climb. Because the real quality of the experience is in who you're climbing with. In the end, because again, the rock doesn't care. The rock doesn't love you the way your partners do.
So, those have all been; now that's one I took from the research back to the climbing. I have friends that are always just like, this is the climb that I want to do, do you want to go with me? And then I have others, whom I tend to climb with a lot, who say, let's go climbing on Saturday? Ok, great, let's meet at the parking lot at eight. And we don't even talk about what we're going to climb. Until we met there at eight. Probably talk for about 15 minutes and not talk about the climbing and then, what do we want to get scared on today?