What is base camp?
A mountain climber starts their climb at a base camp.
What they do while they are there is critical to the probability of the success of their climb.
Great climbers take the time to rest, eat well, read maps, prepare supplies, and anything else that will make the trip up the mountain worth it.
On the other hand, the amateur wants to just “get started.” They are in a rush because they came here to climb a mountain. They do the bare minimum and proceed.
They don’t think about the foundation or how they start, and for that, they risk their chance of success.
Funny, I think this is an excellent metaphor for our work.
Think about how often we do that in life. How often we rush in, just focused on the hustle of “getting things done” without considering the consequences?
It is the start of the year, and it seems like it a great time to think about my base camp, which is why it is the theme for January 2017.
This month’s theme ties into “self-awareness.”
At the end of last year, I wrote a newsletter highlighting the “three tenets of leadership.” Each month, I take a topic related to one of the three tenets and write about my ideas and experience around the subject.