CEO Andy Wirth of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings has an incredible ability to focus. It is that ability that he uses throughout the day to be incredibly successful. Everyone could learn a lesson from his extraordinary ability to focus.
When you first meet Andy Wirth you may notice that he is missing his right arm. He lost that arm during a skydiving accident in October 2013 that left him literally hanging in a vineyard fearing that he would die. At that time he did not know if rescuers would be able to get to him in time, but he focused on staying alive. His grandfather had taken him into the mountains many times as a young boy to teach him survival skills. As a young man, Andy worked as a mountain firefighter. Using the skills that he learned from his grandfather and as a firefighter, he focused on keeping calm and staying alive until help could arrive.
Life has changed since that day for Andy, but his ability to focus has not changed. He now dedicates a good share of his time to participating in ironmen events. Here he not only focuses on winning the race for his age division, but also focuses on the good that these events do for those less fortunate around him. He has even brought some of events to his ski resort. Andy says these events help to take the focus off himself and puts the focus on others.
Andy is also very focused on his job. He tries to come in each day with a positive attitude about what can happen at the resort and in the surrounding area. He realized that those coming to the resort were making a very tough choice. They could choose to enjoy better skiing conditions or they could choose a better atmosphere. Andy began to focus on what would happen if people did not have to make a choice. That is when he had a cup of coffee with the man that could make that change happen. Even though Andy has faced opposition within some community circles, his focus on building a gondola connecting the two resorts has become a reality assuming that the project receives the last governmental approvals needed.
Andy Wirth’s ability to focus is leading to a grand future for the entire Squaw Valley area.
SWball September 27, 2016