It’s the Climb

Posted October 23, 2009 by Marcy Twete in On the Ladder

Now who would’ve thought deep thoughts could come from Miley Cyrus – but they can. Ok, so it came from her songwriters, but still. Let’s pretend.

If you look through my MP3 player, you’ll find the Miley Cyrus song “It’s the Climb” in a number of different playlists. I absolutely love this song – and while I hate it when bloggers post song lyrics, I want to share my thoughts with you on what I’ve learned from this song.

There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose

Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb

These are lessons I have to learn. Sometimes you have to lose is a difficult notion to wrap your head around when your #1 strengths finder strength is competition. Losing is something I don’t do well – and truthfully would rather not do at all. But it’s a part of the journey – the climb, if you will – to get to where you need to go. Falling down, dusting yourself off, and getting back up is instrumental in becoming the kind of leader you want to be. What kind of leader do I want to be? One who smooth sailed to the top or one who has the experiences needed to guide others to succeed despite set backs and struggles? Of course, the ladder.

So in the future, when you’re having a hard time continuing up the mountain, maybe listen to a little Miley – it’s not about how fast you get there or what’s waiting on the other side. Exercising your ambition and continuing your path to success is all about the climb.

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."