by David DeFord
Sir Edmund Hillary was the first man to climb Mount
Everest. On May 29, 1953 he scaled the highest mountain
then known to man--29,000 feet straight up. The world
lauded him. England knighted him for his achievement.
However, itís little known that Hillary had to grow into
this success. You see, in 1952 he attempted to climb
Everest, but failed. A few weeks later a group in England
asked him to address its members.
Hillary walked on stage to a thunderous applause. The
audience was recognizing an attempt at greatness, but
Edmund Hillary saw himself as a failure. He moved away
from the microphone and walked to the edge of the
platform. He shook his fist at a picture of the mountain,
and yelled, "Mount Everest, you beat me the first time,
but I'll beat you the next time because you've grown all
you are going to grow... but I'm still growing!"
Dreams you fail to reach can be conquered later through
personal growth. When you first make your attempts you
may have made inadequate plans. You may have lacked
some skills. You may have partnered with the wrong
people. You may have offered an inferior product.
Whatever the reason for initial failure, you can amend
ourself and try again. If you desire a thing with enough
passion, you can achieve it in spite of multiple failed
You may need to read more on the subject, take some
classes, consult an expert, ask for feedback from trusted
associates, or you may need to work a little harder.
See, you can grow. You arenít stuck with your current
weaknesses. You can chip away at these weaknesses.
You can learn new skills. And with growth, you can
conquer your personal Everest.
Sir Edmund Hillary is known as the conqueror of one of
the greatest achievements in history. Yet, he had to grow
into his success.
For what great achievement will be known?
You can grow into it.
Courage means to keep working a relationship, to continue
seeking solutions to difficult problems, and to stay focused
during stressful periods. Denis Waitley
We are continually faced with great opportunities brilliantly
disguised as unsolvable problems. Lee Iacocca
Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles
develop your strengths. When you go through hardships
and decide not to surrender, that is strength.
Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world
as much as adversity. Billy Graham
Sometimes you win and sometimes you learn.
The value of a thing lies in the cost of attaining it.
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