“do I have a mountain to climb?”
Kindly help me figure out his scenario…
“Imagine you receive a letter from the lawyer representing the estate of your long lost Multi-millionaire cousin informing you that you have been left with $1 million in his will? What would your reaction be? I know what mine would be.
Your long lost cousin is however a weirdo, as you can remember. He has left some strict regulations, some stipulations before you can cash the million dollars.
So, what on earth could the restriction ever be that could stop you from laying your hands on a cool million dollars?
Firstly, he has put the million dollars in a safety deposit box in a Swiss bank. “Ok!”
Secondly, the key to the box has been kept in a golden container. “Right!”
Thirdly, this is the interesting bit…guess what, the key to the golden container has been airlifted 19, 341 feet above sea level, somewhere in Tanzania, Africa on the highest mountain on the planet.
What? You screamed?
What do you do?
What are the immediate thoughts that rush through your mind?
There is one last stipulation which is this.
Your weirdo rich cousin, who, by now must be rolling with laughter,where ever he may have been laid decided to spice it further with some rules.
The rules are that you have exactly 12 months from today to climb up to Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa to retrieve the key to the golden container that the $1m is kept.
“You must be kidding me, I can hear you sigh.”
To add to your mystery, if you are unable to retrieve the key within 12 months, the million dollars goes to someone else.
By now, you had gone berserk!
You are not sure if your long lost multi millionaire weirdo cousin had done you a favour or initiated you into a life of mystery. Should you curse or thank him? Were you better off without the thoughts of ever having a million dollars or richer knowing you have an opportunity of becoming a millionaire over night? These, amongst many thoughts have flooded and almost exploded your skull within a matter of seconds.
So, the million dollar question is what do you do?
You are a lot calmer by 30 seconds and yet more questions are filtering through the mountain of thoughts:
“Would you climb mount Kilimanjaro for a tax free Million Dollars?” Yes was the immediate answer with a violent nod of the head.
“Are you physically and mentally prepared at this moment for this task? Oh heavens sake, a mighty No”
What other options do I have? Train with a professional mountaineer? Start working out in a gym? Put together a team of expert mountaineers? Practice on smaller mountains? Visit a psychologist to get rid of your fear for heights. Probably decide to quit your job to focus on the task ahead. It would probably be the hardest and most focused year of your entire life, I bet.
But, imagine, just for a very long minute, how you would feel as you open the Swiss deposit box!
You then say aloud to yourself, “The million is nice, but more than the money is the character I will build while preparing for and making that climb.”
Back to reality now :
This year will not be nearly as hard as climbing mount Kilimanjaro, but it will be hard none-the-less.
You might not make a dime for months. Are you prepared for that sacrifice?
However, once you lay your hands on the key to the golden container, how elated do you think you will feel?
The million dollar question you ought to ask yourself this moment is this;
“do I have a mountain to climb that will be worth it in he end?”