CEO of Squaw Valley Andy Wirth says that people often approach him and ask what it takes to be successful in life. He says that he often laughs because he is not sure that he is as successful as he wants to be just yet. There are some tricks to being successful, however, that Andy Wirth says he often passes on to others.
The first step to becoming successful, according to Andy, is to find something that you are passionate about and pursue it with all your heart. He adds that he first came to the mountain when he was just a little boy. He vividly recalls following in his grandfather’s big footsteps as his grandfather shared the history of the Squaw Valley with him. From that humble beginning, Andy knew that the mountain was to be an important part of his life. Now, he stops and thinks before making any decisions about the impact that decision will have on the mountain that he has grown to love.
The second step to becoming successful says Andy is to be willing to take risks. As an example, Andy points to the gondola that he hopes will soon connect Alpine Valley and Squaw Valley. He says that many people told him the two resorts could never be connected. He chose not to listen to those negative people. Instead, he started pursuing a plan that would connect the two resorts. A simple cup of coffee brought people together and the plan may soon be approved. Andy says that if he had not been willing to take this risk that both resorts may have eventually died.
Andy has led Squaw Valley through $70 million dollars of improvements over five years. He says that without a vision those improvements could never have been made. He quickly adds that the vision for what the area can become is not his alone. Instead, it relies on everyone having a positive attitude and sharing their own set of skills to build a better life for all.
While everyone will not become the CEO of Squaw Valley, everyone can put these three principles to work in their own lives. Start by finding something that you are truly passionate about and find a way to incorporate it into your life. Then, be willing to take risks to achieve what you want out of life. Finally, develop a vision for the future and pursue it with unstopping passion until it becomes a reality.