Dr. Mike Obsatz, Professor Emeritus at Macalester College
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"It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things."
The mountains teach us this, friends. Whatever you're looking for from the mountain, (and it doesn't matter how noble or how you petty that aspiration is) you will have to work for it. You will have to make it happen. No one can do it for you. You have to take action.
It works for every pursuit in life. Set a course. (In the case of the photo above, it was the summit of Long's peak.) Get yourself prepared. Do the work, and MAKE it happen. It is earned, not given.
Another thing that the mountains teach us. You do not and you cannot vault straight to the summit. You take one step, and then another, and then another. You must repeat this thousands of times. Little step by little step is the way to reach the summit and back.
Now. How will you happen to things today? Do the work. Take the action. Get after it. 3, 2, 1, GO!