We can all learn a lesson from Rob Angst. The Cleveland man recently completed a five-month hike from one end of the Appalachian Trail. He’s not the first person to complete, the journey, but the 2,181-mile walk is not for the faint of heart.
His story is remarkable on many levels, but above all it shows us what we can accomplish if we desire something strongly enough. Angst overcame the terrain. He overcame the lack of hiking equipment. He overcame hunger. Any of those things could have been enough to stop most of us. But her perservered because he wanted to complete the hike he had wanted to take for a long time.
Most of us probably don’t desire to walk 2,181 miles up and down hills and rocks, but the lessons Angst puts on display for us are applicable in many walks of life.
Having a tough time in a relationship that you want to salvage? Be persistent. Having a hard time finding a better job? Or any job at all? Be persistent. Trying for a personal best time in your morning bike ride. Be persistent.
Angst was persistent and he will tell you the goal he accomplished because of his persistence was worth the effort and the exertion – both physical and mental.
The things we want in life – the things we really, really, want – are there for the taking, but you’ll never reach them all without a remarkable will to accomplish them.
Rob Angst lived that out.