TO FALL 7 TIMES, STAND UP 8
Fall seven times, stand up eight is a Japanese proverb. It shows resilience of the human spirit and the capacity of human beings to learn, grow and transform the way they pursue their dreams in order to achieve them. Here is an inspiring story.
In 1865, Edward Whymper, a British citizen, was the first man to summit Matterhorn, the iconic Swiss mountain near Zermatt. It was Whymper’s eighth attempt. He had failed seven times before succeeding. In” High conquest”, a book published in 1941 and very much the first anthology of mountaineering, James Ramsey Ullman tells us how Whymper did not repeat the same route but kept studying the mountain and trying new ways. It was the very beginning of mountaineering. The equipment was quite different from what we have now and the maps incomplete or inexistent. The dark side of the story is that four climbers of the summiting team fell and died during the downhill, and we will probably never know why. . But Whymper’s tenacity succeeded. With passion and probably some ego too, he pursued his mountaineering career in Europe and South America.
What is true for explorers can also be true for us in our daily life and profession. Our world is in constant transformation. Our goals may evolve or the way we attempt to reach them. Failures are part of success when we keep pursuing our dreams from a place or heart and passion, deep sense of self and service for others.
Can you reflect in your own life how you have fallen seven times and got up eight?
Photo: It is not Matterhorn, but Grizzly Peak above Aspen!