“Victory awaits the one who has everything in order. People call it good luck. While defeat always follows bad preparations and people call it bad luck.”Ronald Amundsen
Erling Kagge is the first man to complete the Three Poles Challenge. He walked to all the three poles. “- North Pole in 1990, the South Pole in 1993, and the summit of Mount Everest (the “third pole”) in 1994”.
“The secret to walking to the South Pole is to put one foot in front of the other, and to do this enough times,..” he wrote in his 2017 book Silence. In an interview to Clay Skipper for GQ – on his latest book Walking, Kagge talks about the value of moving slowly in the age of speed. Sample these :
“High speed is a menace to memory, because memory depends on time and spatial awareness,”
“What would happen if world leaders were forced to take daily walks among the people?”
“How much less interesting might summiting Everest be if you could just take an elevator to the top?”
Clay Skipper probes expertly to get this remarkable man to actually share some truly simple yet powerful ideas, for example walking up the stairs backwards when his mind is woefully preoccupied or stressed.
“You think better when you walk. Obviously you won’t become Steve Jobs just by walking. But it’s a good start. What’s interesting is that at Stanford University, in 2015, they started research on it and they confirmed what we know: you become much more creative by walking. Charles Darwin had his own walking path—every time he’d get stopped up in his head, he took a little walk.”
This is a quick and easy read. But read it slowly.
Link to the article:
Why Walking is the Key to Being More Productive BY Clay Skipper
Erling Kagge Wikipedia page: