Refusing to Accept Failure

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Sir Edmund Hillary was the first man to summit Mount Everest. On May 29, 1953 he scaled the highest mountain then known to man – 29,000 feet straight up, with his sherpa Tenzing Norgay. He was knighted for his efforts. However it’s only when we read his book ‘High Adventure’ that we start to understand that Hillary had to grow into this success. You see, in 1952, he attempted to climb Mount Everest, but failed. A few weeks later a group in England asked him to address its members.

Hillary walked on stage to thunderous applause. The audience was recognising 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. At the edge of the stage was a huge photograph of the mountain. He made a fist and pointed at a picture, then said in a loud voice, “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!”

Our chances at success are possible when we are continuously growing, if we begin to stagnate in our own growth the challenge only seems to get bigger, when we grow the challenge can only get within our reach … Choose to grow and your dreams will get closer!

Photo credit: HaxHeaven / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

About RichSimmondsZA

Retired but still Disruptive
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