…when you work hard enough.
On January 14, as the sun set in Yosemite National Park, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson completed what is arguably the most difficult ascent in the history of rock climbing. The duo remained on the wall for 19 days, climbing 3,000 vertical feet along widely spaced, razor-thin granite holds. Their prize: the first free ascent (using ropes only to catch falls) of El Capitan’s Dawn Wall.
While only having spent 19 days on this sheer granite face in the heart of Yosemite Valley, the historic Dawn Wall climb was 7 years in the making. Year after year, these two climbers pieced together what would prove to be one of the biggest and toughest goals they had ever taken on.
Please reflect on and answer the following questions:
- What is your Dawn Wall, and how are you working to conquer this challenge?
- How do you stay positive when you’re up against something that seems insurmountable?
- How does the climber’s success relate to having a growth mindset?
- Describe the effort or work that you are putting into accomplishing a goal that might not be seen by others. How does this unseen effort contribute to your success?