Mike Libecki is an adventurer of the highest order. He has trekked, climbed, sailed, skied and bushwhacked his way across every continent on over 60 expeditions He has ventured into the most remote corners of the world. He was named one of the National Geographic Adventurers of the Year, and is recognized international as one of the greatest explorers of our generation.
He is wild, enigmatic and full of life. He is known throughout the exploration industry for climbing to the summits of remote mountains and putting on crazy animal masks in celebration.
While some find his eccentricity strange, his zest of life is infectious. He has become celebrated across the climbing community for his ability to capture the essence of life in a variety of short axiomatic phrases that celebrate life.
“Life is sweet.”
“The time is now.”
“It is not only life, but the quality of this life.”
“Dream big… and climb those dreams.”
My favorite statement of Mike’s however is “Don’t Ration Passion.” Regardless of where we are in life, this simple 3 word statement should influence how we approach life. Too often we ration our passion for a variety of different reasons. Sometimes we restrain our passion to fit into a cultural mold. For some of us we consistently limit passion out of habit, focusing on the negative rather than the potential opportunities.
Mike hasn’t had an easy life. In an interview of a climbing podcast called the Enormocast he talks extensively about the challenges he has faced. He didn’t come from a wealthy family, but had to work hard for everything he has accomplished. He went through a challenging divorce, faced severe financial struggles and countless harrowing, near death experiences. In spite of all of this, he continues to live by the mantra of refusing to ration passion.
Passion for life, is one of the most powerful tools we have to shape the trajectory of our lives.
What are you passionate about? How can you ensure you “Don’t Ration Passion” anymore?