From Wall Street to Mountaintops with Allison Levine – Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Former Wall Street Executive, Allison Levine, said that she has learned acquired a lot of skills from mountain climbing, that she carries over into the business world. Levine was the first American to ski 600 miles across the route that goes from West Antarctica to the South Pole, and she’s climbed the highest mountain peak on every continent.
“From the time I was younger, I was always very intrigued by the stories of the early Arctic and Antarctic explorers,” said Levine. “If they can do it, why not me?”
Despite having a co-genital heart defect and a neurological disease, Levine has pushed herself time and time again. Now a best-selling author to her book “On the Edge: Leadership lessons from Mt. Everest and Other Extreme Environments.”, Levine offers four key pieces of advice.
The first lesson is that effort matters. “You don’t have to be the best, strongest, most skilled climber to get to the top, you have to be relentless about putting one foot in front of the other.” said Levine.
The other tips Levine gave were that fear is good, embrace failure, and keep pushing yourself out of you comfort zone. But most importantly, keep pushing until you make it to the top.