Three sports leaders describe what it takes to make it to the top:
Lynn Hill, the first climber to make a free ascent of El Capitan’s Nose: “Even if it’s not rational, if you believe in yourself enough, that desire can make you rise to the level of whatever you’ve imagined.”
Kelly Slater, who won the surfing world championship eight times: “What’s driving you can also be the thing that you need to heal. When you really master something competitively, then it becomes fun. Then you don’t need it anymore.”
Scott Lindgren, expedition kayaker who led the first (seemingly impossible) descent of the Tsangpo Gorge in Tibet: “There were a lot of decisions to be made. It takes a strong person who knows what they’re doing and will still be respected. It’s the same as any leadership position.”
—Adapted from “Heavyweights: 9 all-stars tell it like it is,” Grayson Schaffer and Michael Roberts, Outside.