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10 life lessons bouldering teaches you


Why so serious?

Sam Altman, cofounder of openAI, once stated that chatGPT is an ideal coworker.

That's why we asked our new colleague chatGPT what bouldering can teach us.

The answers are humorous. But bouldering also teaches us that a sense of humour is essential if you want to enjoy climbing, even when things get hard.

Have fun (otherwise is work).

 

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12 life lessons that bouldering teaches you: The art of falling
1. "The art of falling"

The only way to progress is to fall down and get back up again. Bouldering teaches you that falling is a part of the game and how to do it safely and in style. The falling is not a failure, it's gravity having more fun than you.

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12 life lessons that bouldering teaches you: The fine art of procrastination
2. "The fine art of procrastination"

Sometimes it's better to take a break and come back stronger, rather than rushing through a problem.

Being lazy is sometimes justified.

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12 life lessons that bouldering teaches you: The importance of finding your own way
3. “The importance of finding your own way”

Even if a solution works for everyone else, it doesn't mean it will work for you. Sometimes you have to find your own beta.

And trust me, some of the solutions are really weird at first but always remember that betabreakers have more fun.

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12 liffe lessons that bouldering teaches you: The beauty of the struggle
4. "The beauty of the struggle"

The hardest problems are often the most satisfying to complete. The phrase "this problem is a piece of cake" is a complete lie, it's going to be hard, but delicious.

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12 liffe lessons that bouldering teaches you: The art of communication
5. “The art of communication”

The only thing harder than bouldering is explaining to your non-climbing friends why you do it. And if you succeed in doing that, then you can explain anything.

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12 life lessons that bouldering teaches you: The art of the 'dyno'
6. "The art of the 'dyno'"

Bouldering teaches you that sometimes you gotta go for it and make a big leap of faith. Even at the cost of initially feeling like a flying rubber chicken wearing an undersized superman costume.

12 life lessons that bouldering teaches you: The power of perseverance
7. "The power of perseverance"

Sometimes the key to success is not giving up, and to keep trying and pushing through even when things get tough.

After all a bouldering place is a place where gravity is making fun of you.

12 life lessons that bouldering teaches you: The power of visualization
8. "The power of visualization"

Bouldering teaches you to imagine yourself completing a problem before you even try it, and how to see the impossible as possible. You have to see yourself at the top before you reach it.

12 life lessons that bouldering teaches you: The importance of ignoration
9. “The importance of ignoration”

The only way to climb a route is to ignore all the voices in your head telling you:

- that you can't.
- that you should be doing something more productive
- that you're going to fall and die.
- that you have a beer waiting for you.
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12 life lessons that bouldering teaches you: The power of positive self-talk
10. "The power of positive self-talk"

Bouldering teaches you to talk yourself through a problem and convince yourself that you can do it, even when things seem impossible. Everything is impossible ‘till it’s done.

You know how it goes: "If you think you can, you can, if you think you can't, you're right."

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