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Is it about the destination or the journey?

In 1996 eight people died on the summit of Everest in 24 hours. Although deaths on everest do occur this event was notable, not only for the number of people who died, but because it seemed inexplicable. The weather conditions were normal and there were no sudden avalanches. Three teams of climbers were attempting to reach the summit, 34 climbers in all. For various reasons on that day, at a point known as Hillary's Step there was, essentially, a traffic jam. 

When attempting to reach the summit of Everest, timing is crucial. There's a window of time, know as 'turnaround time' where if the climbers haven't reached the summit by this point they should call off the attempt and turn back. 

Yet on that day in May 1996, as the teams were confronted with the traffic jam at Hillary's step, they ignored their turnaround times and pushed on.  Some of the climbers were caught in an intense blizzard as darkness fell and never made it back down the mountain. The general consensus is that nobody really knows why this happened.

Psychologist Christopher Kayes has a theory. He thinks the climbers were too focused on their goal. The more they focused on the goal, the more it became a part of their identities and therefore it became difficult to sacrifice that goal. 

Why Cruise Ships are My Favorite Remote Work Location

On Tynan

I'm currently on a cruise ship somewhere in the Mediterranean sea, en route from Barcelona to Casablanca. Most people here are either retirees enjoying the easy life or younger folks celebrating birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries. My friend Brian and I are neither-- we're using the ship as a mobile work retreat.

As a nomad and an entrepreneur, I find myself working in a large variety of places throughout the year. I have a nice setup in my RV, but I'll also work from friend's offices, airplanes, airports, friend or family's houses, trains, Regus offices or any other number of places. However, my absolute favorite place to work is from a cruise ship, in particular long transatlantic cruises like the one I'm currently on.

The number one enemy of productivity is distraction, either in the form of entertainment or things like chores and phone calls which feel productive but break up the day. Cruise ships are a remarkable way to eliminate all of those things. Efficiency can be so high on a cruise ship that I schedule things like entire rewrites of major sections of Sett or the writing of a brand new book for the two-week cruise.

On a cruise ship, everything is taken care of for you. No time at all has to be allocated to cooking, choosing your meal, or to cleaning. You show up at the restaurant, in which all of the food is free, order whatever you want from the rotating menu, eat, and then immediately get up and get back to work.

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