Achievement must be made against the possibility of failure, against the risk of defeat. It is no achievement to walk a tightrope that is stretched flat on the floor… or win at tennis without a net. Where there is no risk, there is no achievement and where there is no achievement, there is no real happiness. — Ray Kroc


Andrew Carnegie

I’ve been so thoroughly absorbed in Andrew Carnegie’s autobiography by David Nasaw, that I thought of sharing a snippet from the book –

Being born poor was a virtue, not a deficit, as it forced the young man to be self-sufficient at an early age. “You should be grateful to a kind Providence for fathers who have not burdened you with riches… By bequeathing the necessity to work the poor man leaves a richer heritage to his son than the millionaire can possibly give. Poverty at the beginning of life is a positive blessing.”


I learned not to trust people; I learned not to believe what they say but to watch what they do; I learned to suspect that anyone and everyone is capable of ‘living a lie’. I came to believe that other people – even when you think you know them well – are ultimately unknowable. — Lynn Barber


Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb — Greg Child

It’s no surprise, I’m a hiking junkie. I honestly can’t wait to hike Mount Kinabalu and possibly one day the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. My immense collection of hiking instagram squares:

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A different breed

I’m always intrigued by the people I meet. Once, after a hike with my neighbour, I told him that I loved watching the people who drove their cars to Dairy Farm with their bikes on display, spending their weekends mountain biking and sharing laughs. He never understood my fascination. I told him they were of a different breed. And I think I see myself of a different breed too. I don’t know where this is going, but when I do figure it out, I’ll write another post for it. Lol.

Anyway, I was really glad I met up with Tricia over the weekend, cos now we’ve started planning for a trip in August to climb Mount Kinabalu. It’s definitely happening, and I’m really glad to have something concrete to look forward to. It’s like a tiny pit stop before my Grand Adventure. And while I was doing my bit of research, I came across this – In the end, nobody limits us, but our own selves, with our own inhibitions and fears. It’s really sad how true it is. 

I think if I could just, fear less, think less, worry less; life would be such an adventure.