David Nearly Fell Off A Cliff…But Lived To Tell About It!

Cherry Creek Ruins

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
T.S. Eliot

Have you ever found yourself in a position where going back the way you came is not a possibility, and moving forward, or even any other direction, seemed impossible?

I found myself is such a position last weekend.  I am an experienced hiker, yet my hiking companion and I found ourselves off-trail and on the edge of a canyon precipice that went straight up about 500 feet, and straight down about 30 feet, with a steep and rugged descent of about 200 feet to where we needed to go.

We could not go back the way we came.

The only option, aside from staying put and hoping that search and rescue would find us in a few days, was to go straight down.

My friend “assured me” that he THOUGHT we could make it down safely, and I felt my heart racing and my hands sweating as I watched him make the first move down the canyon wall.

The first 30 feet was the worst, where even the slightest mistake would have had a tremendous penalty, perhaps even death.

My friend slowly made his way to a flat, stable ledge below and I mentally and physically prepared myself for one of the scariest things that I have ever done in my life.

I did everything that I could do at the time to minimize my risk:

— I cleared my mind of any possibility of failure, and I visualized making my way down safely

— I took a long drink of water, as I know that dehydration can impact muscle and the brain function

— I cleaned my glasses, as the sweat and the dust from the hike had obscured my vision

— I took everything out of my cargo shorts pockets (iPhone, camera, knife, etc.) and packed them as well as I could in my day pack

— I tossed my pack down to my friend

To make this long story short, we made it safely to our destination, which was a beautifully intact ancient cliff dwelling that was made by the first inhabitants of the state of Arizona.

The risk and the struggle was absolutely worth the reward.

Not only did we get to see something that relatively few people will ever get to see, but we both found out that we could go much farther than either of us thought we could.

Life is all about risk, and typically, the greater the risk, the greater the reward.  Life isn’t measured by the number of times that we fail, it’s measured by the number of times that we keep going, even when faced with consequences for putting more energy into moving forward.

In business, we face risk and failure every day.  We take steps to minimize risk, and when we do fail, we learn from our mistakes.

This week’s video reminds us that those who ultimately achieve greatness experience failure, and that we’re in good company if we have the drive to keep moving forward.

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By David Doyle

David Doyle is the Director of Community Relations for MySMARTblog.com . He works with our internal community of MySMARTblog members, and in the external community of solopreneurs to medium-sized business owners, both locally and nationally. He holds a master of arts degree in intercultural communication from Arizona State University, where he taught intercultural communication, interpersonal communication and leadership, among other courses. David was the first male in the history of Arizona State University to teach the Gender Communication course. He gets to be a hero every day by showing business owners how they can be fully engaged online with their most important people, yet devote 100% of their available daily time bank to doing the things that provide the greatest return on their investment.