Imagine being within striking distance of your lifelong dream, only to come to a fork in the road.

Continue onward but in doing so, put others lives in danger, or turn back and potentially never have another shot at fulfilling your dream.

What would you do?

How would you respond?

Ethical decision making under duress is a fascinating process.

I don’t know anyone that says, “I’m a bad human being. I’m a terrible human being and I do bad things.”

But some people put up an armor, a shield of denial, when there is a something at stake they badly want.

When there is money, effort, years of commitment on the line, the moral compass can become clouded.

This conversation with mountaineer and Trinity College field hockey and lacrosse coach Anne Parmenter touches on just that, and more!

Anne has a unique perspective – she’s been in the trenches summiting the World’s greatest mountains and has also coached for over 20 years.

Anne has climbed Aconcagua in Argentina, Denali, Chimborazo in Equador, Mount Blanc in the French Alps, and two expeditions to Mount Everest.

In this conversation, we discuss how to prepare for moments of true test.

Resiliency has been a profound theme over the course of Anne’s life. We dive into strategies she’s used to overcome setbacks and how she helps do the same for her athletes.

We also touch on why the environment you operate in can have a significant impact on your mindset – which ultimately impacts your performance.

I hope this conversation inspires you to embrace challenges, overcome obstacles, and hopefully gets you thinking – how would you act in a moment of crisis when something you badly want is at stake?

“Success is standing on top of the mountain. Failure is not even putting the backpack on in the first place.”

In This Episode:

  • How she came to love sports and the outdoors
  • The different ways to motivate someone
  • How to become more resilient when thing don’t go your way
  • Why it’s not just about about working hard, but also working smart
  • Her mindset when it comes to approaching challenging endeavors
  • Whether not there is such a thing as a “big moment”
  • Her relationship-based approach to coaching and how it impacts her motivational tactics
  • How she helps her players recover from mistakes
  • Why your environment can dictate your mindset
  • The moral dilemma she faced in her first attempt at summiting Mt. Everest
  • The common cause of mistakes in critical situations
  • Honesty – the word that guides her life


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“Most things in life are about making mistakes all the time. It’s about how we recover from our mistakes that makes the best athletes, the best team, the best person.”

“Life is not a perfect science so if you’re afraid to push the envelope to the point that you’re going to fail, you’ll never know how far you can push.”

“Work hard, but work smarter is what I coach by.”

“If you want some badly enough your willing to keep working and keep working.”


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Anne Parmenter is an avid mountaineer who has summited Everest, Denali, Agoncagua, and Mont Blanc, among others. She is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School, a climbing guide, and long-time head coach of the Trinity College women's field hockey team.