Thailand,\nwas the destination I had chosen for a challenge. I was about to learn one of\nthe most intense sports known to mankind – Rock climbing. Though my quest had nothing to do with my love for sports, it did however help me build a better career. My guess was that after conquering the mean rocks of\nTonsai in Thailand, climbing the corporate ladder would be a cake walk. For\ntwo weeks I hung out with a multi-national, multi-skilled group, climbing massive rocks. Despite my\nfrustratingly slow progress, my rock climber friends never stopped encouraging\nme. Interestingly, I did manage to derive some career lessons while hanging from a rock, which I’m sure you will be able to put to some good use too.1. Your Life, Your\nGoalsIt\nis easy to have unrealistic expectations while you look at others. Evaluating your own strengths and weaknesses is important. In rock climbing you have to create goals that correspond to your own intrinsic abilities & desires. In your career too, having a rock climber’s approach might help.Choose goals linked to your ability and desire. Stay away from becoming a subconscious slave to others’ achievements.2. Trust Is KeyRock\nclimbing is a social sport and a team activity. While you climb, someone\nbelays you, i.e. holds the rope and guides you. You need to trust both the rope and the belayer. If you don’t, your time is spent worrying, rather than climbing.Similarly\nat work, you need to be able to trust your team. If you aren’t able to trust\nyour team, then do something to change that or quit that team. Lack of trust\ndoes not work in anyone’s favour.3. Overcome the Fear of FailureTobias,\nmy rock climbing mentor, said that the fear of falling delays and can even stop your\nascent. Isn’t that true of work and life too? After a point we start fearing failure. This\nresults in us slowing down. We feel there is so much to lose that we’d rather maintain\nthe status quo by doing mediocre stuff.Sometimes we feel there’s so much to lose that we’d rather maintain status quo by doing mediocre stuff. But\nyou always have the rope and the belayer (partner) to keep you safe. In the context of your career, our real anchors are family and friends. Failure can never be the end of life itself. But\nif you don’t take risks, failure might become inevitable. 4. Stay On\nYour ToesRock climbers will tell you that staying or resting on your toes is the best way to get a good grip, rest and conserve energy. That’s a good practice at work too!But, in a professional environment it also means that you don’t take things for granted, and step\nout of your comfort zone regularly. Because before you know it, smarter career\nclimbers will overtake if you stay too relaxed for too long.5. Choose the Right MentorThe unsung hero of rock climbing is the belayer, the one holding the rope and guiding the climber. The belayer takes significant responsibility for the climber’s safety, yet does not intend to control the climb in anyway. In my mind, that’s the role a mentor should play in your career. It might be a good idea to seek game-changing mentors and then invest in that relationship.6. The Importance of RestingClimbers take a rest day after every two or three days of climbing. That’s how most climbing enthusiasts build their muscles, re-invigorate their spirit and improve their fitness level.You may feel you are getting ahead by working long hours and staying connected even on weekends. But you are not! You’re only headed towards a burn out. New ideas, new energy and new conviction come with mindful resting. Most top performers respect rest as much as they respect work, and you should too.7. Learn & Grow Within a CommunityRock climbers are a community. That not only aids learning, but also gives climbers a sense of belonging. It’s a great idea to be a part of a community that you can trust and one that can in turn fuel your self-development.Life and outdoor adventures can teach you a great deal about success and growth, but my personal favourite is rock climbing.Go on. Climb that corporate ladder like a pro. And when you take over as CEO, don’t forget to offer me a job :P(Sachin is traveling and taking challenges in different countries around the world. You can follow him on twitter @eccentrips and read about his eccentric experiences on www.eccentrips.com) We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.