I wanted to share a quote I read recently:
"People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things." -Sir Edmund Hillary
Edmund Hillary was the first person to make it to the top of Mount Everest.
That’s 29,029 feet above sea level, or almost 5 1/2 miles!!!
Do you think that one day he simply woke up and decided, “I’m going to climb Everest today”?
Of course not.
He, and his Sherpa guide, Tenzing Norgay, reached the summit on May 29, 1953. They were part of a group called the Hunt Expedition.
This team included 400 people!
There were 362 porters, 20 Sherpas, and something around 5 tons of baggage (try checking that next time you fly). They set up their base camp in March 1953. There were two different parties in the expedition attempting to reach the summit. One had to turn back because their oxygen system failed… within 300 feet of the summit.
Hillary’s team was called on to make the push to the top.
On the morning before the final ascent, Hillary awoke to find his boots frozen solid. It took almost 2 hours to thaw them using a small stove he was carrying. Then, as he and Tenzing made their way past the final 40 foot rock face (now named for Hillary)…
“I noticed a crack between the rock and the snow sticking to the East Face. I crawled inside and wriggled and jammed my way to the top … Tenzing slowly joined me and we moved on. I chopped steps over bump after bump, wondering a little desperately where the top could be. Then I saw the ridge ahead dropped away to the north and above me on the right was a rounded snow dome. A few more whacks with my ice-axe and Tenzing and I stood on top of Everest.”
It was 11:30 AM.
Edmund took some photographs from the top, but none were of him on the summit. Tenzing, it’s been said, didn’t know how to work a camera. Tenzing maintained that Edmund didn’t want his picture taken.
After 2 months of climbing, they spent only 15 minutes at the summit before they started to make their way down.
Upon meeting George Lowe from the party, Edmund said:
“Well, George, we knocked the bastard off.”
Which reminds me of another quote I saw:
“If you think you’ve peaked, find a new mountain.”
But where does one go from Everest?
Try the South Pole.
Yep. On January 4, 1958, now Sir Edmund Hillary reached the South Pole.
He wasn’t the first to do so, just the first to do so in around 46 years (and the first to use motorized vehicles to do so).
After that, in 1985, he and Neil Armstrong (yes, THAT Neil Armstrong) landed a small twin-engined ski plane on the ice at the North Pole. (Did you like that tie-in with the Apollo 11 Anniversary?)
What’s your big goal?
How are you breaking it down…
piece by piece…
bite by bite…
to accomplish it?
How will you handle obstacles?
Who’s on your team?
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