8 Reinhold Messner Quotes That Inspired The Way I Walk Through Work And Life…

The mountaineer who climbed the world’s 14 highest mountain peaks (above 8,000 meters) knows a thing or two about success, focus and mindset

Claudia Brose
10 min readJun 15, 2022


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Do you sometimes feel like you lost sight of the goal or the bigger picture? What are the next steps?

In those moments I like to turn to Reinhold Messner. You might not know him.

A famous mountaineer and expedition climber, Reinhold Messner is renowned for being the first climber to ascend all fourteen mountain peaks over 8,000 meters (above 26,000 feet) and being the first, with a fellow mountaineer, ever to reach the top of Earth’s highest mountain, Mount Everest, without supplemental oxygen.

I always knew about him, he is a legend in Germany and in the Alpine world, born in the Italian Alps, in South Tyrol, a predominantly German-speaking area. But only when I started reading some of his books, did I realize what he can teach the rest of us about living and working.

Managers, financial experts, and leaders listen regularly to his stories and lessons he shares on stage, on how to stay focused and concentrated, how to build self-confidence, and how to invent and create tasks and projects to reach your goals.

Reinhold Messner’s insights and self-aware way of walking through life kick you in the butt to look at your life vision and to walk as yourself.

1 — “If you want to move boundaries, you have to do it slowly, steadily, and calmly, step by step.”

The whole planet has gotten so impatient. We want everything yesterday and be so efficient that results pop up in no time.

Often that leads to results that cover the range from failure to misunderstandings, from shallow content and damage to long-term issues and total dissatisfaction.

Building friendships and relationships take time. Gaining experience in whatever you do takes time. Building a business takes time and patience. Learning a new skill takes time. There are things in between that can be rushed and pushed, but the…



Claudia Brose

Writer, Event-Creator, Marketing Professional turned Rebel against a rushed world | Japan mad | Cyclist | Get my Newsletter Un-Rush claudiabrose.substack.com