“Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are nought without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste; look well to each step; and from the beginning think what may be the end.”
This is a quote from Edward Whymper, famous illustrator, author, and mountaineer. He is known for being one of the first people to ascend the Matterhorn in 1885. The Matterhorn is one of the tallest mountains in the Swiss Alps, standing an impressive 4,478 meters tall.
To be the first person to climb to its peak is no mean feat. Preparing for a mountain climbing trip takes diligence, perseverance, and the right tools. This concept can easily carry over to the business world. Edward Whymper’s mountain was a physical one. Which mountain are you facing in your business?
In order to succeed as a business owner, you must have a clear idea of what challenges you are facing and what you are trying to achieve. This could be called “finding your mountain.” Are you trying to establish yourself in a niche market? Are you looking to grow your sales by a certain percentage within the quarter? Maybe your goal is to develop or improve upon your company website by the next fiscal year. Before you can proceed, you must clearly identify the challenge and develop your plan. And just like climbing a mountain, sometimes conquering these goals can seem daunting.
Whatever mountain it is that you are facing, remember that you’re not alone. At Nabi, there are great resources, services, and coaches available to help you achieve your goals and climb to the top. As Edward Whymper said, always remember to “do nothing in haste” and to consider “from the beginning…what may be the end.”
Article written by: Melanie Sands - Special to the NABI Connector
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