Failure is a choice. At times, that is the best choice to make; the best way to succeed. At very distinct moments, the best thing you can do is choose to fail. There’s no shame in failing when logic dictates it’s the best option.
Ed Viestrus has climbed all fourteen peaks above 26,000. He’s one of only twenty to do so, one of five to do so without supplemental oxygen, and the only American. On his first attempt up Everest, he was 300 feet from the summit. He turned back. The weather had turned, safety ropes had been used, there was little chance of returning. A group of eight climbers took a different route to the summit. They did not return from the summit. Ed chose to fail. Had he not, he wouldn’t have climbed the fourteen highest peaks. He knew when to walk away; recognized the distinct moment.
Know the moment. Trust in reason; shun fear.
A Toast: To Knowing When to Walk Away