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The Quest of Mt. Midoriyama

To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.
~ Søren Kierkegaard

American Ninja Warrior is a reality-based television show where competitors from across the country attempt to successfully navigate extremely difficult obstacle courses as they progress through the competition. If competitors successfully pass the initial trial stages, they receive the right to attempt what is regarded as the most difficult obstacle course in the world, Mt. Midoriyama. In Ninja Warrior history, more than 2,700 individuals have attempted Mt. Midoriyama, and only three individuals have ever succeeded. Since no American has ever successfully conquered this epic obstacle course, contestants this year are attempting to not only win $500,000 but also capture the title “The First American Ninja Warrior.”

While the name of the show and thought of adults attempting to become ninja warriors may cause you to momentarily roll your eyes, make no mistake that the individuals that successfully compete in this event are athletes of the highest caliber. They have tremendous agility, upper body strength, and are in the finest condition. Many of these athletes train all year long on self-designed obstacle courses just for the mere possibility of getting the chance to attempt Mt. Midoriyama. They invest their time, make sacrifices, and risk injury in the hopes of accomplishing what so few have successfully done.

What makes their quest truly remarkable is that their entire journey can be derailed with one slip of footing, one mistimed jump, or one miscalculation of the slope of an obstacle. This competition can be truly unforgiving as competitors risk elimination with the first mistake they make. All of the hard work that they have put in, all of the dreams they might have had can be gone in a second. Yet these competitors push on against long odds to see how far they can get.

Dare to Fail

You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
 ~Wayne Gretzky

While only three out of thousands have reached the pinnacle of success in this sport, there have likely been thousands more that failed to even make the attempt because of fear of failure or fear of embarrassment. When you fail at American Ninja Warrior it is seldom gracefully – when you fail it is usually in the form of falling awkwardly or face first into a pool of water. The thought of pulling themselves out of water while staring into a television camera might be beyond many peoples’ embarrassment threshold.

Many others likely never attempt the obstacle course because of the long odds of actually succeeding. They may tell themselves: If the best in the sport end up failing, then what chance do I have? This lack of faith in themselves and ability to overcome their fears guarantees failure. Worse still, this mindset likely carries over into other areas of their lives, crippling their chances of achieving other dreams and overcoming obstacles that they will encounter.

Conquering Your Own Mt. Midoriyama

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
~ Robert Kennedy

As students and followers of the Rich Dad philosophy, we all likely have our own Mt. Midoriyama we want to conquer. Our own personal version may come in many forms and we may choose different avenues to accomplish the goals we have set in our lives, but hopefully each one of you have set big audacious goals that you want to achieve in life. If these goals are financial in nature, then they should be designed to help you escape the rat race so you can pursue whatever other interests you have in life.

The contestants on American Ninja Warrior faced many obstacles on their way to success. Successful contestants study these obstacles, are aware of the danger they pose, and plan on how they will navigate through them. To conquer your own Mt. Midoriyama, you need to be aware of the obstacles you will face on your journey. While these can come in many forms, some obstacles have a tendency to be very common. These obstacles may include:

1) Be Willing to Take Risks. Many individuals are extremely risk adverse in their approach to life. Make no mistake, whether you are attempting to achieve financial success through real estate, stock market trading, or other entrepreneurial ventures, you are going to have to leave your comfort zone. For example, you can’t become a successful trader by simply doing virtual trades your whole life. At some point you are going to have to risk losing capital and make your first trade.

2) Skepticism and Doubt From Those Around You. It is unfortunate that when we set off on new journeys in an attempt to achieve great things, we do not always have the support of friends, colleagues, and even family members. The motivation behind the skepticism and doubt you may face can be for many reasons, but the end result can truly make many individuals second-guess themselves. Be aware that not everyone will embrace your new journey and be prepared for how you will handle negativity if it arises.

3) Self Doubt. At some point in your journey, you may question whether you have the ability to succeed. The journey may be more difficult than you imagined, or you might not be experiencing success as fast as you hoped. Finding that inner belief during these times can often times be the difference between success and failure.

4) The Learning Curve. Along your quest to conquer your Mt. Midoriyama, you may have to learn new concepts and techniques, and will need to adapt to a changing environment around you. If you are enrolled in courses with Rich Dad education, then take advantage of the experienced instructors and mentors and learn from their experiences. We all make mistakes and sometimes we can speed up the learning curve by learning from the mistakes of other people. Let their experience help accelerate your own learning curve.

You will face obstacles in your path to success. The difference between success and failure can often be the tenacity in which you face these obstacles and your unrelenting drive to recognize them as simply obstacles, not barriers to success. Once you truly believe this, then there will not be a question of whether you conquer your own Mt. Midoriyama, just a question of when it happens.

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11 responses to “The Quest of Mt. Midoriyama

  1. wina August 30, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Truely indeed, it also depend on how u see the world and it all come down to your main subject that says “knowledge is the new money. When this is being attain, the only obstacle now is you to take action.

  2. Dave August 31, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Watch the misuse of the terminology: you write, “Many individuals are extremely risk ADVERSE in their approach to life”, like the phrase ‘ adverse publicity’. You mean to use AVERSE.

    Definition of AVERSE (from Merriam-Webster)
    : having an active feeling of repugnance or distaste —usually used with “to” . It would also benefit from the missing hyphen: “…risk-averse in their approach…”

  3. MyGreenHosting (@MyGreenHostings) August 31, 2012 at 2:28 am

    Thanks for posting. We entrepreneurs need to be very mindful of the traps that our own minds can lay for us.

  4. Rayburn August 31, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Great!!! The biggest problem I face is that I’m a resident of India and the business tactics mainly described by Rich Dad education is based on the American market. I really don’t understand how to get going with business and investing back here in India. Please Help.

  5. Rilla Talbott September 1, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    That’s my initial response: WOW!!! Everyone alive and breathing should read this one! Awesome; simple, yet profound. Thanks!

  6. George September 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I love this show! Ninja Warrior is amazing and inspiring, just like this article.

  7. Dalton Pepper September 3, 2012 at 3:33 am

    Bring it on…

  8. Pinder-Pinder September 3, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Great article. Since the rules have changed, action is the only response. No action? – it only becomes information. Capitalize now as the window is open.

  9. Allen T Gregory September 3, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I’ll tell you what happened to me and what’s finally about to happen to me. I failed for 3 and a half years trying to make money online and in real estate. I took a lot of lumps and bumps. But I see in myself now the man I’ve always wanted to be. And I couldn’t have gotten there without the struggles. I’m on the verge of building a business that will give me the capital to build another business to a very significant level where I’m helping people every single day. I had to fight through a lot of crap to get to this point. And I’m damn proud of myself. I can’t wait to see what’s next for me. I’m truly the creator of my own experience.

  10. Greg Revel September 8, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Allen, I’m in the same boat! Until Rich Dad Education, I considered myself a failure in every sense of the word except for my success as Hubby/Daddy (by far the most important anyway!) I tried MLM and didn’t follow through, then I tried sales and didn’t follow through, then MLM, then sales, then the worst thing ever… I got a “job” and gave up for years. Then I took classes for the stock market, lost thousands and layed low for a couple years, then I bought an investment property at the TOP of the market… and finished it 6 months after the crash!

    Then I read how Robert tried and “failed” but they weren’t really failures, but learning and (more importantly) BUILDING experiences! Cheap? Heavens no, but extremely valuable! Now I have real world EXPERIENCE in three of the main areas of RDE recommendations for wealth: entrepreneurial business building, sales and stock market investing!

    Since reading “CASHFLOW QUADRANT” I’ve taken the necessary steps to turn that bad real estate deal into a real money-making contender! And since my 3-day $200 course (about 3 weeks ago!) I’ve taken control of 2 additional properties (1 lease option and 1 rehab), and on the verge of several more with buyers already in place!!!

    Thank you Rich Dad Education! My life has already changed!

  11. On-Fire September 14, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    To take action is always dangerous, to take no action is where dreams and goals are never realized. We all have a choice, to be a spectator or to be a paticipator. Got get um and full speed ahead…..

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