Do You Want It Bad Enough?

Almost two decades ago, I heard Jamie Clarke, a Mount Everest mountaineer, share his story about climbing Mount Everest. I remember sitting in the conference room, riveted, as he told this unbelievable story.

I was particularly inspired by all the preparation that went into the journey as well as by all the obstacles and hardship the members of the expedition had to overcome to reach the mountain top.

There were so many times when the logical thing to do would have been to give up and go do something else. But they didn’t opt for the easy road; they continued to press forth until they achieve their goal.

In short, they had a great goal and they were prepared to pay a great price for it. That made their victory that much more glorious.

Climbing mount Everest isn’t for the faint at heart. Turns out that achieving great goals either.

You may not be interested in climbing mount Everest, or any other mountain for that matter. But know this. If you have great goals, be prepared to pay a price.

The people you admire for their great achievements—be it sports, entertainment, business, literature, etc.—had to pay a price. Today, you admire their results, but don’t miss this: most made great sacrifices to get there. If you take a close look at their journey, you’ll see that they had to toil to get where they are. They had many opportunities to throw in the towel, but they press through.

To achieve great goals, you must be ready to make great sacrifices. In other words, there are no free rides to the top of the mountain. If you want to get there, you’ll have to pay the price.

The question is: Do you want it bad enough?

If not, don’t launch; you’ll be eaten up. The journey is filled with challenges, setbacks, and opposition. And if you have an opt-out plan, because the journey is so excruciating, you’ll succumb to the temptation of going backward.

If you want it bad enough, then you have a shot. But you’ll need to show great resolve: burn your “boats” and press forth. That’s the only way you have left: forward.

The journey will require that you bring your best—and more. It will demand that you grow. It will require that you tap into your potential and use abilities you didn’t even know you had. It will call for great creativity, resourcefulness, and perseverance.

At times, you’ll feel you’ll never get there. At times, you’ll feel like giving up. At times, you’ll feel like you’re about to pass out. The question that will continue to resound is: Do you want it bad enough?