Did you know that being outdoorsy can actually make you more successful in your career and relationships? True story. And here’s why.
Crushing it With Confidence
Overcoming challenges outdoors builds confidence. The first time you lead-climb a route, go on a solo camping trip, or hike a 14’er you’ll feel an amazing sense of accomplishment and your confidence will soar. What’s more, you can think back to these achievements when you’re dealing with various challenging life situations. When you’re cramming for finals, muddling through a tough breakup, or trying to calm your nerves before a big interview, you can channel many of your outdoor experiences and recall the feelings of calm, competency, and confidence that you felt. Once you’ve summited a mountain, it’s easy to cram for a test. Everything just gets put into perspective.
When the Chips are Down
Often the most exciting outdoors experiences are those that involve some element of risk and danger. Facing big falls, raging storms, and sudden avalanches teach you how to take calculated risks and how to keep your cool when the chips are down. These skills are transferable to the workplace and relationships. When the shit hits the fan, your outdoor skills can ensure that you keep calm and carry on.
You Got Skillz
Having trouble finding the free time to get outside? Tell your mother, your husband, your teachers that getting outside isn’t just about having fun. Being an outdoorswoman or man equips you with a variety of skills that are acquired during hours of gear preparation, map and trail navigation, trip planning, and group work with your fabulous outdoor friends, including:
- Critical Thinking
- Problem Solving
- Time Management
- Team Work
A Whole New World
Though you may not have a magic carpet, your outdoor skills can transport you to a whole new world of opportunities. The Sierra Club, the Department of Natural Resources, and sweet writing gigs (wink, wink) are just a few of the organizations and job options that may open up for you if you’re well-versed in outdoor policy, survival skills, or outdoor sports.