Many times authors write about and speak about habits that
will help you be successful. As we come to appreciate,
winning and “success” are fleeting until the next event in a
“If the first mountain is about building up the ego and
defining the self, the second is about shedding the ego and
dissolving the self. If the first mountain is about acquisition,
the second mountain is about contribution.
On the first mountain, personal freedom is celebrated
keeping your options open, absence of restraint. But the
perfectly free life is the unattached and unremembered life.
Freedom is not an ocean you want to swim in; it it a river
you want to cross so that you can
plant yourself on the other side.
So the person on the second mountain is making commitments.
People who have made a commitment to a town, a person,
an institution or a cause have cast their lot
and burned the
bridges behind them. They have made a promise without
a return. They are all in.
I can now usually recognize first and second mountain people.