"You have to trust others"

Cristian González

8 November, 2010

Nil Bohigas is the author of the book Make the impossible possible (Editorial Grijalbo), which collects all the accumulated learning in all the career years of this climber and adventurer who is so well known in Catalonia. Throughout more than 200 pages, the work gives us tips that are as valid as to face the risky world of high mountain as people's day-to-day lives.

What advice do you give in the conferences you make for top executives?
Well, I usually offer a story in which I speak of the personal experiences I have had in my sporting life and I try to establish parallels with professional life or personal relationships. I think they are successful because I offer a series of tips but in a much more emotional and attractive way than if you did it from a more theoretical point of view.

In your book Make possible the impossible are key premises that allow you to face life with prospects for success. Which are?
First of all, you have to trust yourself and not be afraid to make decisions. Second, we have to commit ourselves to what we do. Thirdly, it is necessary to mark key objectives, be constant in the achievement and create the team capable of achieving them. Fourth, it is essential to rely on people. Fifth, preparation and planning are the key to success. Sixth, sometimes it is good to simplify and relativize. Seventh, extract the maximum of each situation by having a positive attitude. Eighth, you need to learn from mistakes and live success with humility, because humankind you will continue learning. Nine, use creativity and innovation to face the challenges that arise. And tenth, question the paradigms of the past to make possible what is impossible.

Of all the sporting experiences you have had, what do you extract to face the day to day success?
To face the day to day, you always have to adapt and know how to choose the right option. I would be very much tied to what I said before.

To prosper in life, do you have to take risky decisions?
Not always. It is best to avoid risk if you can, but sometimes it happens that life puts you in compromised situations, and then it is necessary to act with determination and precision. But first of all we have to meditate very well what we have to do.

Is it better to do a good thing than to want to do many not so well?
If. This is linked to having a team and being able to evaluate what you will do and what others will do. In this sense you need to know the capabilities of each member of your team to delegate what suits you best. Each person has unique virtues that must be taken advantage of. Time is a factor that conditions us and it is essential to trust others to successfully complete the challenges that we set ourselves.

To work as a team is another fundamental pillar to achieve success?
Absolutely, yes. We often do not delegate jobs to other colleagues because we believe in a wrong way that we will do better; In the end, the weather is throwing us over and we have not been able to accomplish the goals we had set. We need to know how to trust the team to delegate the work and that it can be done with the right time. Another aspect to take into account is that the person in charge of a team must have the notions of a psychologist to keep the group motivated and also to know the limitations of each member.

What advice to lead a balanced life in which family, friendships and profession live together in harmony?
This is very difficult to achieve. We all happen that we want to do everything and in the end we do not have enough time. When the day-to-day catches us and we do not know where to shoot, it is essential to know how to stop to think and ask what you want, what are you willing to do or sacrifice to achieve something? We must weigh everything. But first you have to pause and calm down.


The life of Nil Bohigas is full of adventures and challenges. Among others, the 1984 opened a new route to the Annapurna Central with Enric Lucas after seven nights on the wall in alpine style. In the year 1988 climbed to Everest and then jumped with glider. The 1991 became the first Spanish to reach the magnetic North Pole. Currently, he lectures and directs the company No Limit, specialized in the creation and management of sporting events.

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Cristian González

Graduate in Journalism (UPF), Graduate in Contemporary History (UB), Master in Business Communication Specialization in Digital Technologies (UPF).

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