Lessons on Achieving Your Dreams: From Women Who Did

Lessons on Achieving Your Dreams: From Women Who Did

February 13, 2024

1. Be Tenacious

Sophia Danenberg never had the ambition to climb Everest before she did it. She was a mountaineer for five years, preparing to climb a different mountain until someone presented the idea to try Everest. After some thought, she changed course and prepared for just three months before giving it a go, becoming the first Black American to summit the world's tallest peak. "I’m not ambitious, I’m tenacious. I cannot stress enough, tenacity has a lot to do with it. I try to do whatever I’m doing really well no matter what it is.” she said.

2. Take Calculated Risks

Success requires taking risks, but they should be calculated. Dreamers understand that failure is part of the process, and it doesn't mean they need to give up. Ebony Norflis, a franchise owner, says “You almost have to exercise your mind and become numb (to hearing no). And if you believe in yourself, if you believe in (your dream), then your grit will develop. Your tenacity will develop.”

3. Know When to Quit

You may have a lot more to lose from not quitting than you think, as evidenced by the hundreds of bodies that lie entombed on Mount Everest. “Everyone wants to hear the talk about how you succeed, and they want to hear a motivational talk that’s along the lines of don’t give up,” said Danenberg. “And for me that is just not the attitude that I could safely take on a mountain like Everest. It’s just so dangerous that I was like, ‘Give up at any second. If it’s looking bad, just stop.’”

4. Take Advantage of Opportunities

“But at some point, someone put that opportunity in front of me, and I was like, ‘Sure let’s try it. Let’s see how it goes.’ You will be shocked what you can pull off. And if you try to determine before you ever try, you’re just not going to know.” said Danenberg.