A couple of weeks back, we were on a trek, and were coming back downhill on a muddy, stony, curving stretch. I saw some of my fellow trekkers some distance ahead and told one of my friends that I could reach them in ten seconds. We had a bet on.
They began counting, verbally. I bolted. By the time, I heard “five”, I knew I wouldn’t be able to get there on time. By “seven”, I was desperate. So I took a huge leap downwards to cut down my time. By the time I reached the group, it was already 13 seconds. I was panting, grinning, half exasperated, in super competitive mode and willing to go at it all over again. In fact, not having done it in 10, I was itching to do it again.
Resh told me then, “See you over-claimed and under delivered”. Well, I guess we have different perspectives. When I saw the distance, I knew I could do it in 15 seconds. But where was the challenge in that! The challenge was in reducing the time frame and pushing every muscle in your body.
And the competition is with self. With me. With my limits.
Something similar happened a few months back. We were standing in front of a river. I saw a far off point and ‘claimed’ I could throw a stone till there. My first throw went maybe seventy percent of the distance. The next few went to about 80 percent.
The same brain and soul is running a travel company. In my head, we are trying to change the way the youth does group travel in the country. The goal isn’t just to get a trip fully booked, and earn a certain amount. We are constantly trying to push our limits, and I keep staring at the ceiling and think of ways to innovate on trips. Even in operations, we are adding more data points in our customer analytics to establish better correlations.
Someone once asked me what success on a trip meant. “A trip is good if everyone enjoyed. A trip is a success if at the end of it a few people cried while leaving, or changed their tickets”, was the reply. Earlier, we could expect people to get emotional over a seven day trip. Soon after that, we tried to get that emotion evoked from the trippers even on our two day weekend trips.
Push yourself. Keep moving. Rolling stones gather no moss. Be like a breeze. Maybe you won’t hit all your targets in the beginning, but keep trying and some day you will get there.
Some day I’ll cover that distance in ten seconds. And then we will have to find a way to do it in eight 🙂