“Welcome to Hell,” a caver once told me by a campfire at night. “Where happiness goes to die. . . . If you wish to survive, you need to cultivate a strong mental attitude.”
“Why do you do it?” I asked.
“We do it for the unimaginable pleasure of conquering the unknown.”
True exploring spirit with unbelievable courage; and, as far as I could tell, a numbness for pain. Have you experienced these emotions without the cave?
Hard to find a customer in such a place
There is a business reality that should keep you out of dark caves. It would be hard for most of us to make money in that environment. (Tongue in cheek: there may be some who say they do have customers from there…)
In the Innovation game, you need, in my opinion, to both swim in a sea of customers AND crawl into a private cave. You need customer problems and space to think through solutions. In an ideal world, one should quickly follow the other to keep the vision fresh. Continue reading “Welcome to Hell”.
Henry Worsley trekked for seventy-one days and nearly eight hundred nautical miles to reach the south pole single handed in January 2016. He was inspired by Ernest Shackleton who had walked to within ninety-seven miles of his goal in 1909.
Worsley had studied every aspect of Shackleton and admired not only his courage but his leadership and of course his determination.
On January 2nd, 2016 only a day behind schedule, he reached the South Pole. He now had to continue to the Ross ice shelf so he had “crossed” Antartica. To stick to the principle of an “unaided trek” he refused to go into the base at the South Pole. “It was weird arriving here and not stopping,” he wrote in his diary, adding, “Very tempting to stay at Pole—eat and sleep.” He set up his camp nearby maintaining a self-imposed exile.