A couple of weeks ago, artist and climber Steve Dieckhoff passed away from cancer. It was the end of an era for climbing in Boulder. While Steve love climbing and art (one of his comics is above) he wasn't too keen on the way the sport had changed. His passion turned into a sort of madness when he started taken matters into his own hands, taking out protection on many of the modern climbing routes that others had established creating a dangerous issue.
While Steve tactics seemed wrong his passion for the sport was inspiring. His life is a good reminder of the delicate balance between madness and brilliance, between holding on to traditions and letting go of antiquated ideas.
In every field, whether it be climbing or marketing, it's critical to know what to hold onto and what to let go of. Holding on is easy. Letting go is hard.