Make the Climb!

Enjoy and be motivated with this inspiring article by my guest writer, Marlene Kattaron.

Diga del Cingino Dam Italy

The steeper the mountain, the harder the climb, the better the view from the finishing line. Paula Abdul

The other day I got an email of photos of the Diga del Cingino dam in Italy. Maybe you’ve already seen the pictures—they are fairly amazing. Climbing the nearly vertical wall of this dam is a herd of Ibex. They climb the wall to feed on the moss and lichen that grow there, as well as licking the salt from the rocks.

I looked at the picture and had two varying trains of thought:

-the first thought was, that you can look at an obstacle and view it as impossible or view it as possible—it is completely up to you—you can make the climb if you choose to do so, and no matter how steep, no matter how seemingly impossible the climb, you will be just fine, as long as you treat it as if it is no big deal. So, when you are talking with people that you are hesitant to approach, you need not fear. If the person doesn’t see the big picture, it is no big deal. That person will be the animal at the bottom of the dam, looking up at you having your little moss and salt feast.

-the second thought was—if you don’t see yourself as one of the Ibex on the dam, then guess what? You will be an Ibex at the bottom, looking up, watching everyone else eat the moss and lick the salt, while you stay at the bottom with a growling belly. If you don’t make the climb, I guarantee that someone else will.


There is no time like NOW to make the climb. What are you waiting for? So what if you start the steep climb and slip for a step or two. MAKE THE CLIMB! If you are at the bottom anyway, what do you have to lose by making the climb?

Remember when life’s path is steep to keep your mind even. Horace

Oh, my ways are strange ways and new ways and old ways, and deep ways and steep ways and high ways and low; I’m at home and at ease on a track that I know not, and restless and lost on a road that I know. Henry Lawson

Business versus life; life versus business. I have learned to apply the principles of leading a successful life and incorporate them into my business and I have learned to apply the principles of succeeding in business to succeeding in life. There is separation between personal life and business, yet there is much overlap in how to succeed at any aspect of life that we pursue.

My business relationships in Ignite with my customers and with my teammates and business leaders have been nothing less than amazing and inspiring. As the famous Zig Ziglar says, “You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.”

Marlene Kattaron is an Ignite Inc independent associate, part of the Stream Energy marketing team. With Stream Energy, “Energy is Just the Beginning.” Stream Energy offers electricity and natural gas services, as well as Identity Theft Protection, Credit Monitoring Services and 24/7 Tech Support. Stream Energy puts relationships back in business! “Be my friend. Give me your business. And save.”

Marlene Kattaron, Managing Director, Ignite           404-403-2793

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