Never Quit Climbing is an effective book for a change in mindset and for overcoming all these inevitable obstacles that come up throughout our lives. Gary Sinclair draws from his extensive experience as a mountain climber and a person who has had to overcome much hardship in his life to create an all-purpose guide to besting adversity and moving on forward, no matter what happens. His book is meant for a broad audience and is sure to help many improve their situation even if they are dealing with something truly tragic and difficult.
Hard times come to everybody, be it a loss, a financial problem, trauma, and more. Nobody can go through life without pain, but this doesn’t mean that we should allow this experience to rob our life of meaning and joy.
Sinclair frames these issues in a way that is natural and easy to understand – as life’s mountains. Many people can overcome them, no matter how difficult these are or high how they have to go. How can you do the same? How can you reach the summit of victory? Sinclair draws from his experience in order to offer a reliable guide to get past the tragedy, pain, and challenges life throws at you.
Gary Sinclair and his wife Jackie have faced many challenges. They have climbed many real mountains, but the real summit to conquer came when cancer set them on a journey that provided many lessons and many values, like courage, strength, and resilience.
Never Quit Climbing teaches you to face these mountains, no matter how high. It’s not just a theoretical book either – like a good guide, Sinclair takes you through the tools and steps you require. All of these are interspersed with stories and inspirational advice that can help you conquer your summits. You will learn how to weather the climb and come safely back down again.
Gary Sinclair is a mountain climber, motivational speaker, coach, and leadership trainer. He has two grown children, six grandsons, and a healthy love for climbing, which he and his wife do whenever they can. He is based in the Midwest. In addition to Never Quit Climbing, he has released several popular books on parenting and marriage.
Never Quit Climbing is sure to help you consider your situation in a new light and start walking towards the summit with everything you need for the journey. With a soft sense of humor, a lot of wisdom, and great experience, Sinclair offers an enjoyable and highly useful book that is sure to benefit anyone who is facing adversity, whether due to internal or external factors. So name your mountain, climb it, and come down as a winner without losing yourself in the process with the support of someone who provides the best guidance.
You can find Never Quit Climbing: Overcoming Life’s Seemingly Insurmountable Mountains on Amazon. It’s available as a Kindle, an audiobook, and a physical book. It’s sure to be a guide that you return to time and again.
We had the pleasure of interviewing Gary Sinclair. Here are the excerpts from the Interview.
Hi Gary, Great to have you with us today! Why did you write the book? What was your motivation behind it?
My wife and I are big mountain people, hikers, a little technical for me. I’ve done 9 14000 foot peaks, but she had never done a summit. So in 2003, she did her first, only to discover three months later that she had stage 3 cancer. Over the next 18 months, we climbed that mountain together but found ourselves using principles from our climbs. We began to tell that story, enough that I finally wrote it down to accompany my website and speaking in 2019.
Who do you see as your main audience for this book, and what do you hope they will get from reading your book?
Anyone who has a personal mountain to climb can benefit: finances, job loss, grief, discouragement, relationship struggles or breakups, getting counseling, etc.
How do you see this book being relevant today?
Every person pretty much faces something bigger than they are, but the stakes are higher in these Covid and post-pandemic days. Life can be even more overwhelming, and the climb can seem tougher.
Why do you think you are the right person to write this book? How do you think your qualifications or experience make this a better book?
Well, first, I’m a climber, so I’ve done most of what I suggest here on both granite and in our personal lives. Second, I have a master’s level counseling background and decades of experience helping people overcome.
Can you share a little bit about the process of writing the book? Did you keep writing once you sat down? Did you blog first? Did you experience any writer’s block, and if so, what did you do about it?
The book almost wrote itself because we’d talked the story to people over and over. However, I wanted it to be very readable, personal, and engaging, so there are lots of stories about my growing up to our times in hospitals and struggling with Jackie’s cancer.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It does both, and I think it should. It should energize because that means you’re telling stories and situations that inspired you and continue to make you proud, confident, and positive. It should exhaust, however, because that also means you’re working hard at your writing, trying to make it as good as it can be. That takes work!
What is your writing Kryptonite?
The tendency to keep the same style, not take risks but become too predictable.
Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
I’m not opposed to connections, but I’d rather write about something that means a lot or that I know could uniquely help someone else. If I ever write fiction, then I might consider a trilogy or series.
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
It made me work harder. I would read, then re-read and re-read, realizing that my first couple of drafts weren’t my best. I began to love the proofing and editing part because I knew I would end up with a better book.
What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
I learned this personally in my family, knowing that there were big hurts from things said to me as a child. Then I saw the same thing happening in people I’ve counseled. There is power in our words.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
A lion combined with a golden retriever. I want my writing to be strong and compassionate.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
Depends on the book, but I don’t usually write until I feel I’ve got the substance and facts to write it. The extra work is merely to be sure I’ve documented my work and have great stories or examples.
Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?
To a degree, yes. Writing brings out many of the things I both struggle with and use to overcome inside of me. As a person of faith, I believe that God is the core of who I am and become, so I can’t write totally devoid of that.
What is your favorite childhood book?
Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Several months depending on how much I have already let simmer.
Have you written any other books, or do you have any books planned for the future? Tell us as much as you are willing to share!
Yes, four others, one on parenting, one on marriage, one a joint venture (one chapter) called “The Happiness Code,” and one about living life NOW and not leaving everything for someday.
Anything else you want readers to know?
I have a super wife of 45 years, two grown kids, and six grandsons. I love coffee, the mountains, of course, and travel.
Thank you so much, Gary, for giving us your precious time. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors.
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