There are few things better than feeling the wind in my hair and cold rock in my hands. I started climbing 6 years ago. What I didn’t expect was how the same principles I learned from climbing would transfer to my work.

Staying Focused: Climbing requires focus, sequencing movements with the rock is critical because holds are not evenly spaced on a latter. As a belayer, focus is critical for both safety and providing timely bata (helpful information about the route).

The TV show “Brain Games” teaches their viewers how the brain works. One of the most powerful segments, in my mind, was on multitasking. The conclusion of the segment, humans are not as good at multitasking as one might believe. At the end of the day, if we want a job done well, it requires our full focus.

Keeping Balance: Climbers should keep at least three points of contact on with wall to remain balanced. In a perfect world, these points form a triangle which is the strongest geometric shape. It is easy to see when a climber is out of balance because they fall.

I have always flirted with being a workaholic. As I have found myself in more creative roles, I have learned that a well-balanced life actually helps increase my creativity. When I have a good work-life balance, I am more excited to come to work and I am more efficient.

Confidence: When holds are outside of reaching distance, climbers will jump or “dyno” to the next hold. When I learned this skill, I realized that to be successful, I needed to imagine myself making the jump in my mind before trying it for real. Once I see myself make the jump successfully, I have the confidence to make the jump for real.

I think self-confidence comes from learning a skill and then mastering it. By no means do I consider myself a master climber. However, as my climbing skills have improved, I have found that I try harder routes and new techniques. As my rock climbing confidence has increased, I have seen my working confidence increase. I have become more willing to take on new projects that will grow my skills and my networks.

As a young professional these have been vital lessons. What have you learned from one of your hobbies?


2 thoughts on “What I Owe to Climbing

  1. With me and hunting/fishing the things that it has taught me are as follows: patience, persistence, preparedness, and practice.

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