How To Climb (or What I Learned From A Pair Of Rambunctious 5 Year Olds)


The past few days I’ve been 50km outside of Wroclaw, Poland playing with my 5 year old twin nieces (+ 3 cats and a dog) for 12 hours/day. (Children don’t get tired?)

Being that I don’t have kids and don’t know many people who have kids I can’t say I’ve ever been impressed by them.

But watching these kids live and play has taught me a few things.

Most importantly, to get what we want, we have to be willing to climb.

For a child trying to get to the cereal in a cupboard 10 feet high, this is literal. Most of us have less tangible obstacles, but they’re obstacles none-the-less.

Just like children sometimes we’ll slip and fall. If we get up and climb again we’ll eventually make it to the top.

Is there something currently stopping you from reaching your peak?

It’s simple: channel your inner child and start climbing.


  1. “If we get up and climb again we’ll eventually make it to the top” – that’s it! Reminds me of Michael Jordan: “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed”.

  2. short but strong karol…

    not bad ^_~.

    sure it feels good to be back with your family for a bit? ^^

    i have been trying a e book buisness, no succes so far, but i wont give up ^^

  3. Hey Karol,

    Great post, as usual.

    Yup, I love the idea of channeling the inner child. It’s more than just climbing again. Children are also more tuned to the way Nature intends us to live. They have no notion of limits, or what is not possible.

    I do Balloon Characters for the kids, and they amaze me with some of the requests that they come up with. My all time favorite is “I want Hannah Montana on a TV screen” (a 4 year old girl)

    Have fun with the family.


    • Thanks Rasheed! You’re right, children don’t have a notion of limits. They think they can do anything until someone tells them they can’t. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people out there telling children (and adults, for that matter) “you can’t.”

  4. Hey Karol!

    Great observation(s) it sometimes takes watching the innocent playings and never ending wonderment of children to realize or remind us of our youth.

    I think Randy Pausch said it best.
    “Never lose the child-like wonder. It’s just too important. It’s what drives us”

    and this one speaks volumes as well

    “You obviously don’t know where the bar should be, and you’re only going to do a disservice by putting it anywhere.”

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