The heart of a mountaineer ~ Lia Marus
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The #Everest2020 ladies!

The heart of a mountaineer

The journey of a mountaineer is very similar to that of a freelancer. Just as the mountaineer faces daunting obstacles (such as altitude sickness and their bodies being taxed to the extreme) freelancers face equally daunting mental obstaclessuch as building their business and finding the will to keep on going in the face of extreme challenges. Off the top of my head, one of the most prevalent for many freelancers is the lack of cash flow in certain months.

I was reminded of this at the end of April when I was invited to a media launch of four courageous women’s assault on Everest. As part of their preparation, for #Everest2020 this all-women team – consisting of Lisa Gering, Alda Waddell, Deshun Deysel, and Tumi Mphahlele – will be summiting Mont Blanc in the Alps in Europe in September and Mount Aconcagua in the Argentinian Andes in December. This is in preparation for their summit in the first quarter of 2020.

A freelancer can learn loads

What struck me while listening to these women speak is the conviction in their voices. They aren’t looking at the daunting aspect of the task at hand. They’re looking at the challenge behind it and are eagerly anticipating meeting and overcoming it. In their words, they relish the idea of being pioneers in this territory that not many people have been successful at mastering.

Here’s a video of the reason behind why Lisa decided to go on this journey:

As most of these women are entrepreneurs, they’ve decided to allocate a portion of the money that they receive from sponsors towards helping female entrepreneurs get on their feet.

“The Everest 2020 climb has a strong give-back element, and a percentage of our sponsorship will be going towards inspiring, supporting, and empowering women entrepreneurs – it’s where we all come from and it’s something we’re passionate about. We want them to know that they too can conquer the ‘Everests’ in their lives,” says Lisa.

I was very privileged to hear the passion with which they spoke. I wish them all the best and hope that they will be able to bring their learnings to many receptive entrepreneurs and freelancers! If you would like to donate to their cause, please e-mail Everest.2020.SA@gmail.com

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