Leaving full-time accounting behind, Emily Scott has chosen adventure and happiness over all else. In doing so, she has become a ski instructor, summer mountain leader, and is shooting for international mountain leader. So, that’s worked out incredibly well so far!
In this episode, we talk about many Ironman Competitions, mountains, adventure, pursuing the importance of happiness, and more!
For more information on Emily’s Project 282 where she climbed all of the 282 Munros continuously, click here
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Money Is A Facilitator
A well known fact, but probably appropriate that the guest who doubles as an accountant gives us this pep talk.
I don’t know about you, but I see in so many people that money is a goal. Money is the final achievement. Chasing salaries and ‘things’ is a good way to provide some short term happiness.
But, as Emily states, no-one on their death bed wishes they had more money.
Money isn’t the goal, it’s just the facilitator. It is the gateway and ticket to experiences that change who you are and impact your future. Emily even points out that once you’ve got kit, it can even be so cheap! You don’t need to do big expeditions like the South Pole or Everest. You can even just go out in the snow for your next adventure fix!
With the same mindset, Emily took the leap from full time accounting to Ski Instructor, Summer Mountain Leader, and is now undertaking International Mountain Leader.
Chasing happiness and achieving your passions is one brilliant way of providing yourself with long-term (life-long?) benefits. Just one step towards the goal at a time. Then, even a bad day in the office will still be your dream job.
Tenacity Comes In All Forms
Let’s talk about Evergreen. That really-not-so-lovely-and-peaceful triathlon. The stereotype for tenacity and toughness probably looks like Rocky Balboa or Terry Crews, running through a battlefield, grimacing his face, saving children, in a storm.
Emily, on the other hand, is a super friendly person full of spirit and positivity.
Yet, when recalling Evergreen, Emily’s sheer tenacity really shines through. Her first race resulted in a ‘Did Not Finish’. (I suppose that’s what happens when you don’t dry off properly in a triathlon in the mountains).
But, Emily simply refused to give up. Warming up in a restaurant full of other dishevelled competitors, and despite clearly being unable to meet the cut-off, Emily refused give up the cycling stage halfway.
With her sister following in the car (as per the medic’s plea), Emily rode the whole way to Chamonix to complete that stage. Against all the odds, she gritted her teeth and pushed through.
That attitude shines through. From having the courage to leave a secure career behind, to part-cycling/part-shivering her way to Chamonix, it has brought her fantastic achievements – including climbing all 282 Munro’s in a continuous, 120 day attempt.
Something we can all learn from, I think.
Emily was a brilliant guest, with an even better adventure CV. With so much still yet to chat about (hint) I know you’ll all love to follow along her adventures. You can check out her Instagram here, or better yet check out the British Adventure Collective.
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