No pain, no Gain
Monday afternoon, 4:00 pm. We take a water taxi. Direction? Euromast. After taking the fast elevator, we reached an altitude of 100 meters. There, the “heights professionals” were waiting for us with ropes, climbing harness and snap-hooks. Group picture and we started abseiling!
The fear, terror and anxiety (and some screams) were real and palpable. The scariest part was to get over the terrace, leave the comfort zone, leave our certainties, our safe zone and dive into the unknown, suspended in the air. The panic was huge when you were looking down: 100 meters and nothing under your feet. But the golden rule that helped every one of us get over that terrace was: “Look at us, do not look down”. Yes, look at your colleagues, your team members and trusted people that were there for you, to encourage, to help and support you during this challenge. And this golden rule really worked perfectly. After the terrace, after being suspended on a rope, the view of Rotterdam was beautiful. The emotions real. But the most important thing was: you did it. With the support of your team, you did that fearful experience you thought you would have never been able to do. Yet, you did it!
Abseiling, a metaphor
This experience will stay in our memory for a long time. But what will never go away is the lesson we have learned. There is nothing impossible together with your team. You can overcome every challenge. This is valid for Silverside as a business and as a team. But above all, what we lived and learned during this experience will help us in life, every time we will be afraid of the unknown, not confident about ourselves, afraid of our fears and limits. Everything is possible, together!
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