OPINION! Reinhold Messner on goals & failure: "I've always followed my passion"

Some time ago I interviewed the extreme mountaineer Reinhold Messner at Sigmundskron Castle near Bozen/South Tyrol. In the video interview he reports on extrinsic Motivation and how to get extreme too Set reached.

Reinhold Messner is one of the most famous mountaineers in the world World. In 1978, together with Peter Habeler, he was the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest without the aid of bottled oxygen and was the first person to stand on the summits of all fourteen eight-thousanders (1970 - 1986, each time without bottled oxygen). He was also the first to climb an eight-thousander solo (Nanga Parbat 1978). He was also the second to reach the Seven Summits in 1986. He also crossed Antarctica (1989/1990 with Arved Fuchs), Greenland (1993) and the Gobi Desert (2004). After all, he is a former politician, author, speaker at manager seminars and runs several museums in South Tyrol.

Mr. Messner, how important is motivation?

I'm not a fan of motivational seminars, if that's what you mean. You can't impose motivation on other people, e.g Money.

The whole motivation gurus and motivation seminars are therefore rausgeschmissenes money. Motivation is much more in us, you can only wake them up and then be amazed.

How does it work best?

I have always only done what I like to do - in my own way. And most of all I have approached things that no one else has done before me.

The critic, who kept telling me "It's not possible" I belied with my actions. My motto is: You can build great things with stones that someone puts in your way. resistors must be accepted and overcome.

Have you ever failed?

But, very often - about one third of my activities.

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However, I have learned a lot more about the failure than the successes, because I have come to what I did wrong.

What motivates people to extreme performance?

Common goals are the basic prerequisite: I basically only started with people who have the same motivation as myself. Example Antarctic traversal:

If my co-workers had been motivated only by money, they would probably have given up after a week. That would have been impossible.

Can a good leader motivate?

Guide works in an archaic world quite differently than in our understanding: The leaders is chosen by the group that collectively and instinctively chooses the strongest Personality decides. A power struggle only occurs when the strength of the leader suffers a slump.

Mutual exchange is an aspect that is often ignored: the leader gets it Energy the whole group. However, if he relinquishes his leadership role, he must also give the energy back. As a result, he often becomes the weakest link in the group.

How do you motivate yourself?

I have always had the highest demands on myself. Success means a completely new approach to a Problem and alternatives Solutions to find. If I can't find it, I can't do something. This applies to my expeditions as well as to my entrepreneurial activities.

However, there must always be passion: everyone should feel passion in his job and do what he likes to do. Only then is he really good. Difficult and socially unjust is that it is not possible for everyone.

Some might consider this selfish..

Who is not? But it is important that you do what you like to do. Only those who get on their own feet can help others.

Good only comes from creativity. However, compromises in the creative field are always a bit strange. But I can only tell you about my life, the way it worked for me.

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