Mountaineering and business alike prompt reflection on words like “success” and “failure”: the fragility of the former and the meaning of the latter, the thin line between the two when it comes to projects with a high level of demand and risk. Achieving set goals is a sign of effectiveness and brings about satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment.
But many times, things just happen the way they happen and despite all efforts, that ultimate goal is not achieved. And yet, if we acted in alignment with our values, with integrity, we do not experience the alleged failure as a failure because we took away learnings, and because we value the process itself beyond its completion. This is, in itself, what we call “success beyond success“.
In an article by Fred Kofman, author of Conscious Business, he defines it like this:
“When behavior is consistent with values, we say the person has achieved unconditional success: success beyond success. This success generates an inner peace and happiness beyond the threats of external shocks. It is unconditional because it is based on the human being’s free will, his autonomy beyond any external factor. Even when results may not be what we want, it is always possible to feel at peace because we know we did our best to face the situation with dignity. The (superficial) sadness of (superficial) failure is totally compatible with (profound) satisfaction of (profound) success”.
Just like bold and ambitious mountaineering, daring and innovative companies invite us to learn how to measure our own grandness vis a vis the greatness and power of nature and “circumstance”. In nature, every step forward taken with humbleness is a daily success, and the only failure is not taking responsibility for the fact that you may make a mistake, not enjoying the journey and not seeing in failure the opportunity to learn how to better tackle new adventures. The only ones that fail are those who do not try. The infinite summit belongs to those that pursue their dreams without ever giving up.
About the author
Valentín has experience in international consulting and multilateral organizations. He enjoys integrating his passion for mountain-climbing in workshops and programs for businesses interested in experience-learning. Read more >
 For further reading, we recommend Fred Kofman’s article, “Unconditional Responsibility: The Power of Being a Player”