How To Climb Your Own Private Everest

What’s YOUR Private Everest?

Mine is to be able to make a living writing, making music and movies. But mostly I want to be able to do whatever I feel like doing at the moment.

9 to 5 drudgery is no way to spend a lifetime. Once I realized that, all the money in the world didn’t matter.

But how do you escape corporate swamps while the corporate parasites are repeating at each other “I don’t know, what do you think? Should we have a meeting?’

Well, at first, I didn’t know but then I remembered that old Yiddish saying.

To a worm in horseradish, the world is horseradish.

Or as NLP practitioners would say it, the map is not the territory.

Reaching your own private Everest may seem insurmountable but that’s only because you don’t posses all the knowledge in the universe.

If you did, don’t you think that reaching your Everest would be somewhat trivial?

You may never reach the summit, for that you will be forgotten. But if you don’t make one serious attempt to get above the snow line you will find yourself on your deathbed feeling nothing but emptiness. ~ Hugh MacLeod

The thing is, you don’t need all the knowledge in the Universe to climb your Everest. You just need some knowledge that you happen NOT to have at the moment.

Most people have an idea what business they really love and want to be in. If you don’t, your first step is to discover what that is.

Once you figure out what biz you want to be in, you will need some knowledge about how to leverage technology, approach obstacles in a creative way and market your wares.

And if you’re reading this, I would venture a guess that you are the kind of person who is going to have to climb your own Everest like it or not so deal with it.

Do you need a Sherpa?

All business ideas and people who have them, almost as a rule, know A LOT about the business they love; but they don’t know a lot about Technology, Creativity and Marketing. I guess it’s a good thing we found each other then, huh?

Have you escaped corporate swamps yet?

If not, why not? What’s holding you back?

Other posts in this series:

Is It The Business of Creativity or Creativity of Business

Sex and Cash Business Theory

What’s Holding Your Business Back and a Simple Fix You Can Implement Right Now

To Fail, Expect to be Discovered

Devil Gets His Due Either Way So Choose Wisely

Ignore Everybody

Good Ideas Have a Lonely Childhood

Dino Dogan

Global Force for Badassery | Founder of Triberr | Refugee from Bosnia | Writer for Technorati | Speaker | Lousy Martial Artist | Pretty good singer/songwriter | Hi 🙂

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  • Kathleen Carper

    Love this Dino! Great headline! Would add more, but gotta go attempt ice skating in my car. The ATL is still frozen solid – :(.

    • Dino Dogan

      Thnx Kathleen. Im glad you liked the headline because Ive had some terrible ones lol So its nice to hit it out of the park on this one 🙂

  • Marcus Sheridan,The Sales Lion

    I’m not sure if I’m above the clouds yet Dino, but I think the oxygen is starting to change 😉

    Great little read man.


    • Dino Dogan

      The air is fresh up here my friend…come join us 🙂 You need me to send down some rope? lol

  • Natalie Hennekam

    Love it! I’m sitting at base camp right now with all the equipment I need, just trying to convince myself that I’m at the right mountain 😉

    • Dino Dogan

      How DO we know we’re at the right base camp? I wrote about that the other day hope you like it

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  • Gini Dietrich

    This is sort of the big, hairy audacious goal theory, but I LOVE your own private Everest (mostly because I’d love to climb it and you’ve struck a chord). So how far are you from reaching summit??

    • Dino Dogan

      As one of the greatest philosophers of the 20th century once said “Life is a journey, not a destination” ~ Steven Tyler of Aerosmith 🙂

  • Julie Nutter

    I like this post – a lot.
    It’s funny to think about, because I don’t have a Private Everest, so to speak. Or, perhaps I’m on the wrong mountain, going up it simply because if I’m so sure that I don’t know what I want, I can’t possibly know that this ISN’T what I want.
    And if I climb to the peak of this and decide that it’s not, well then, I suppose I’ll find a new mountain! (I do this a lot. I’ve had so many jobs – trying them out just to see if I’m on the base of the metaphorical mountain I want to climb. More often than not, the answer is no. I’ve been everything done everything from waitressing to working for a race car company.)

    Do you think you can know what you really want until you’re actually doing it?
    I used to want to be a writer, and when I was 12, I got published. I hated it. I hated everything to do with it.
    I used to want to be a lawyer, and then I researched and learned nothing if not that our world is based on half truths, fantasies, and outright lies. And I didn’t want a part of that.
    And I never wanted to be a dog trainer. I grew up terrified of dogs. And now I make a living out of working with them, and willingly work multiple jobs just to afford the medical care, food, and whatever else I think they deserve just for living with me.

    And I still don’t get it.
    Because I still never wanted to be a dog trainer.
    Because now it’s the reason I wake up. o_o

    Okay, that went from a short to a really long comment.

    Well, I’ll try to avoid telling you my life story in future comments. Lmao. Oops.

    • Julie Nutter

      PS. I blame you for being so thought provoking. I was just going with it, here.

    • Dino Dogan

      Im learning a lot about you 🙂 I like it.

  • K9 Coach

    Sweet. Makes sense in so many ways on a very personal level. Being that I’m married to the one and only man who has summit-ed Mt. Everest with one arm (you can check him out at … it’s pretty incredible.

    On any account back to the post… it is true it doesn’t matter what it is you want to do, you must make the attempt, a real one that starts in your mind to get there.

    Our latest endeavor… we are selling everything (well most things), real estate included… yes in this economy… because we are creating the economy WE want) and moving from the mainland to live our dream and buy a home on the Big Island, HI. We’re going at it just like climbing Everest or doing 9 Ironamans (which also has already been achieved) and we’ll get there. May be some bumps, but the end result is all worth it.

    Live your dreams. NOW.


    • Dino Dogan

      Thnx JT, Im glad you enjoyed it. And I figured this would resonate with you 🙂

  • Kim Davies

    Hi, Dino.

    I have not escaped the corporate swamp that I am in right now because I just happen to love what I am doing here. It has brought me friendships I never knew I will ever have and it has opened my eyes to new things. Although it has slowed down the process of climbing my private Everest which is finishing my very first novel, I believe it will help me get where I want to go in the long run.

    Thanks for this, Dino. Gives me a gentle reminder about not abandoning my dreams even if I am enjoying my 8 to 5 job. 🙂 If you don’t mind, I think I’m going to make this as another inspiration for a post. 😀

    Enjoy your week!