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What climbing Everest taught me about ... Staying in Your Lane

1. Chase your own best!

I was extremely competitive when I was young. I wanted to win at everything! I wanted to be on top, number one and the Gold Star!

2. First, work out which lane you're in.
My problem was, that I looked at people around me who were naturally talented gold stars and I wanted to beat them at the their game. As you can probably guess, I never succeeded. It never ended well for me. In fact, I suffered more humiliation than I could bear. Every single time. You would think that I was going to stop after the first humiliation, but I kept trying. That's just how I roll. I always keep trying.

But, what happens if one keeps trying when you're not in your lane? In my case, I ended up feeling inadequate. The sense of failure used to depress me so much that I didn't want to go back to school and face the person who beat me the day before.  It always took me a very long time to recover from the sense of defeat.  I remember entering a few running races in school. I&…