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Adversity Quotient - Lessons from Mountain Climbing

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My thoughts and this presentation are guided by the book ADVERSITY QUOTIENT - Turning Obstacles into Opportunities by Paul G. Stoltz and inspired by my Love of the Mountains and the Mountain Climbing I did many years ago

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Adversity Quotient - Lessons from Mountain Climbing

  1. 1. ADVERSITY QUOTIENT What can we learn from Mountain Climbing?
  2. 2. My thoughts are guided by the book ADVERSITY QUOTIENT Turning Obstacles into Opportunities By Paul G. Stoltz And inspired by my Love of the Mountains and the Mountain Climbing I did all those years ago
  3. 3. Current reality or situation Your Dreams or Aspirations Creative tension
  4. 4. WHAT IS EMPOWERMENT? Its about being Willing Able and Allowed
  5. 5. WHY MAY I NOT BE WILLING TO CLIMB?
  6. 6. IQ = Intelligence Quotient EQ = Emotional Quotient AQ = ADVERSITY QUOTIENT
  7. 7. QUITTERS CAMPERS CLIMBERS
  8. 8. QUITTERS Have abandoned the climb or never even started
  9. 9. • Blame circumstances for their lot in life • Ignore their full potential • Are bitter and disappointed • Do just enough to get by • Take few risks • Are resentful of those who ascend QUITTERS
  10. 10. ‘Ah to come to the end of one’s life and realise one has never lived’ Henry David Thoreau
  11. 11. CAMPERS Say “So far and no more!”
  12. 12. “Never measure the height of a Mountain, until you have reached the top – then you will see how low it was” Dag Hammarskjold
  13. 13. •Only achieve partial success •They live compromised lives •They fall short of their true ability •They dedicate energy and resources to maintain the status quo CAMPERS
  14. 14. CAMPING CAUSES ATROPHY! Over time campers lose their ability to climb – they lose the edge
  15. 15. CLIMBERS Have a strong faith in something bigger than themselves
  16. 16. When they reach a dead end or overhang they reroute
  17. 17. Regardless of background, advantages, good fortune, misfortune…. They continue to climb
  18. 18. POSITIVE THINKERS Never letting AGE GENDER RACE DISABILITY OR OBSTACLES to get in their way
  19. 19. SOMETIMES….. They grow weary They have doubts They feel lonely and bruised They question their struggle
  20. 20. They recognise that even small steps pay dividends
  21. 21. ONLY CLIMBERS LIVE LIFE TO THE FULL!!
  22. 22. ‘Our greatest fear is not that we will discover that we are inadequate, but that we will discover that we are powerful beyond measure’ NELSON MANDELA
  23. 23. What are you going to do differently, from today – to start being a climber?
  24. 24. “Nothing splendid has ever been achieved, except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance” BRUCE BARTON
  25. 25. Thank you to Somerset Morkel who taught me to climb and who let me use some of his wonderful photographs. Some of the other photographs I have used I found through the years and I hope that the owners will see how beautifully they illustrate my points. They have not been used in any way for commercial gain.

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