9 Life Lessons From Rock Climbing

Posted by Fitz Villafuerte under Inspirational on April 18, 2009

I would like to share today a talk by Matthew Childs. In this very short video, he shares 9 lessons that one can learn about life from rock climbing.

Taken from TED University 2009, this veteran rock climber teaches us how the basic principles of rock climbing can also be applied to our life on the ground.

For those who is not familiar with TED, this is an annual gathering of the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers.

TED simply stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design.

Let’s now watch Matthew Childs as he gives his lecture entitled, Hang In There! 9 Lessons From Rock Climbing.

Inspiring isn’t it? Let me go through each of them once again:

1. Don’t let go
Success requires a clear understanding of what’s at stake and what it is that you are committed to doing. Commit yourself to achieving your goals.

2. Hesitation is bad
One reason why we hesitate is because we don’t have the confidence to accomplish our tasks at hand. Believe in yourself and confront these mental roadblocks. Face your fears and take risks.

3. Have a plan
A favorite quote of mine goes, “Luck is for the unprepared“. When you make a plan, you’re actually creating a map that will lead you to success.

4. The move is the end

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Avoid analysis paralysis. There has to be a point when you stop planning and start acting. Unless you take action, you really won’t get anywhere. Fight procrastination and move.

5. Know how to rest
Here’s a verse from one of my favorite poems, Don’t Quit:

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will.
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill.
When the funds are low and the debts are high.
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh.
When care is pressing you down a bit.
Rest! if you must; but don’t you quit.

6. Fear sucks
I agree when Matthew says that when you’re feeling afraid, then your focus is on failing with what you are doing. Be brave and act as if you could not fail.

7. Opposites are good
What I believe Matthew means by this is that one should learn how to think outside the box. Less than obvious solutions exist if we take the time to find it.

8. Strength does not always equal success
For me, this simply means patience. There are things in life that we cannot force to immediately happen. We need to be steady and balanced. Working persistently and consistently everyday just like Noah Kalina.

9. Know how to let go
Things will not always go our way and one must accept the fact that sometimes, one has to let go and allow himself to fall. But more importantly, one must have to courage to get back up and start again because letting go doesn’t mean you’re quitting.

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4 Responses to “9 Life Lessons From Rock Climbing”


  1. Great insights. I’m a sucker for management and leadership books, e-books, and other reading articles.

    Thanks for sharing bro!

  2. BoardRoom DIscussions says:

    I agree fear sucks! But conquering fear is easier said than done. One must have a conscious decision to move forward and conquer fear!

    A step of faith, at a time will lead to one victory at a time.

  3. SIkap Pinoy says:

    When you start having fears, it will eat you down to your entire. You start to rumble and start making wrong decisions. I agree with Mr. Childs. Nice advices.. Thanks for the post mate. I’m becoming a fan of yours na.hihi

  4. rose says:

    i like this. thanks for sharing. i learned a lot from your website. keept it up!

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