Last weekend, I attempted the 3 Peaks Challenge* – ascending Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales respectively. During the trip, and while pushing myself to get up (and down), I learned some things about myself, and the world. These I’ll be sharing here in a series of blogs over the course of this week.

View of lake from Scafell pikeDay Two continues: the descent from Scafell Pike. Just like Ben Nevis, I found the descent at least as hard as the climb.  My feet were hurting, my calves were killing me, and I was getting tired.  But I was delighted to have got up two bloody great mountains!  And now, all I had to do was get down this one and up one more – easy!

And then, on a nice easy stretch about half-way down, my feet went out from under me, my poles flew in all directions, and I came crashing down onto the path – elbow first!  And, of course, it was just as we passed a load of other people, things like that never happen just in front of your mates do they?  As I sat there, nursing my aching elbow (and my bruised pride), I got Lesson Seven: don’t get complacent, stay Focused!

What comes after a success is just as important and is part of the challenge.  It’s much easier to push yourself to achieve a ‘big win’ (like summitting a mountain) than it is to do all the stuff that comes next, the implementation and follow-up.

All in all, some good lessons on Scafell Pike, and Snowdon was to prove a better teacher still …


* Lite version, over 2 days.

Andrew Horder
Andrew Horder

Founder of the blog at, Andrew has been working with business owners for many years, helping them find and maintain their unique Focus - those activities and opportunities that they love, and will produce their success, what Andrew calls your Joyful Genius! Andrew's first book, The Busy Fool's a to Z of Loving Work is available from Amazon

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