An Icy Adventure

sled.jpgA good friend of mine has recently returned from a ten day commercial walking expedition to the North Pole. He described the adventure as the greatest experience of his lifetime so far. This was despite having to deal with extreme physical stress, near blizzard conditions at times and an air temperature that never rose above minus 15 degrees C. In his account of the epic journey, Thomas reports that he was extremely fortunate to complete the trip with all his digits intact, having suffered bad frostbite after just a few moments of accidental exposure to the savage environment.

The team had the benefit of helicopter support, GPS and other modern equipment on their 120 km odyssey hauling sleds across the ice from Barneo in the far north of Norway. It puts into context what the early polar explorers must have endured. Despite this, it was a huge undertaking the likes of which most of us will never experience within our own lifetimes.

Entrepreneurs have much in common with polar explorers. Like the explorer, a successful entrepreneur is prepared to take on calculated risks in the knowledge that there is a rich reward to be claimed. An explorer trains for the physical challenges ahead and carries out a great deal of logistcal planning. An entrepreneur writes up a plan of action and learns as much as possible about the product and the marketplace before launching into business. Both make use of expert mentors and have a healthy grasp of their own personal limitations.

I guess where intrepid explorers part company from trail blazing entrepreneurs is that if you make a mistake in a blizzard in the Arctic, then you are dead. Entrepreneurs get to learn from their mistakes and live to fight another day.

One thought on “An Icy Adventure

  1. Hello Paul,
    I have just read your article. My apology that I haven`t looked at it earlier but I have been quite busy. At the moment I am in Shanghai, have flown in from Dubai early this morning. It is very hot, humid and there is a horrible smell on the street of Pudong (part of Shanghai). It reeks of raw sewage. It is just such a different world from the artic cold.
    My toes are recovering (60 to 70% back to the normal senses) and I am back training. I am working on my next expedition – no it is not going to be Antartica (I was asked to join a team to depart Puerto Arenas on the 02.01.2008 for the South Pole), neither the crossing of Greenland on skies(though it looked so good and challenging when I flew accross just weeks after returning from the North Pole).
    I will be in touch – Thomas

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