I just finished an article about 4 Americans who were taken hostage and killed their hostage takers while rock climbing in Kazakhstan.

The article will take you 15 minutes or so, so you might not have time, but it’s a great story.

There were 4 Americans climbing in Kazakhstan, and they were sitting on a cliff when they saw three men with AK-47’s who mentioned that they wanted ‘to talk’.

After 4 days of hiking through the backwoods, dodging sniper fire and surviving on half a protein bar per day and puddle water, they had a chance: two of the men who were guarding them went to fight nearby soldiers, so they were alone with the last hostage taker.

So they pushed him off a cliff.

He fell 30 feet, then rolled down the rest of the mountain.

This got me thinking:

When is it time to give up?

When should you accept that you’re going to die?

When you’re dead.

“Pain or damage don’t end the world, or despair, or fuckin’ beatings. The world ends when you’re dead. Until then, you got more punishment in store. Stand it like a man — and give some back.” – Deadwood

If you’re dead, that’s when it’s over.

Life will kick your ass, day-in-day-out.

Welcome to the world, where everyone is looking to take your milk money.

But that’s not going to happen to you.

When you’re taken hostage by Islamic paramilitaries in Kazakhstan – push that sonofabitch off the mountain.

Walking with no shoes on, starving, no water, it would have been easy to just give up. Their hostage takers executed multiple people in front of them.

It doesn’t take a fortune teller to see what their future held: they had a bullet with their name on it sitting in the chamber.

“Should I kill myself, or should I have a cup of coffee?” – Albert Camus

What does it take to keep going?

How can you have the will to keep going?

Ask yourself one question:

“Is this what I’m going to let kill me?”

You might not live in a war-zone.

Still stands:

“Is this what I’m going to let stop me?”

Write that sentence down on a post-it-note and put it on your computer monitor.

Next time you can’t move forward on a project, say out loud:

“I’m going to let _____ stop me.”

Say it until you realize:

Every problem can be solved


Until next time,