Good afternoon everyone!
We meet again after a week and today let’s talk about Everest.
We all know the facts- the highest peak in the world, the world’s most famous mountain, et al.
But look closely, observe and think. You’ll find that it is a perfect symbol for our destination and our journey to success.
Let me explain.
Everyone start from the same base camp. And it’s not your average hill. Everyone starts, but few conquer the summit. Just like our journey to our goals, the climb isn’t easy.
You keep climbing and climbing and waiting for it to end. And that’s when it gets even tougher, just like the snowline at Everest at 5,300 metres after which there is perennial snow and ice.
The climb here gets tougher. You’re literally climbing on ice which can give away at any second. Winds can blow upto 200 mph and don’t forget the sub-zero temperatures. The risk is insane. One wrong step and game’s over. This is just like Life. In order to achieve everything we want, we have to put everything we have on the line. The going gets tough, but we have to keep going. There’ve been thousands of people who’ve attempted to climb this mountain. But also many who go back halfway. These lose faith in themselves. They think they can’t do it anymore. They think that they’ve reached the end of their capacity. But what they forget is that-
Their capacity is what they define.
And then there’re people who keep moving forward. The people who know that they’re bruised, but not beaten. These people who become taller than the mountain itself and conquer it.
Even the man who first conquered it, Sir Edmund Hillary said,
It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
And once we conquer ourselves, no mountain is too high and no goal too far.
And after climbing for a long time, your battered body reaches the dead zone which begins above 8,000 m and where the oxygen isn’t sufficient for the sustenance of human life- it’s only 25% of that at sea level. This is the final stretch. This is the part where the winners put together every ounce of energy they can find and sprint across the finish line. This is where they stand up on top and look down, not at everyone, but at all the obstacles they’ve crossed to reach at this point. This is the point when they thank themselves for not having given up. This is when they’re proud of themselves. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were ordinary men who achieved the impossible. And as Hillary rightly said,
People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.
No one is born extraordinary. It is their actions that make them so. And just like he said in accordance,
You don’t have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things or to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals.
Your motivation, self-belief and hard work makes all the difference between climbing the mountain and reaching the summit. Even the people who went back from 8,000 m climbed the mountain; but it is only who reach the summit whose name is remembered.
Giving up is never a good option, because you may think you’ll never achieve your goal, but it may be just around the corner. Keep up the belief in yourself. The real mountain isn’t on Earth; its in your mind. Conquer that and you’ve won.
We all have our Everest to climb. We all have our goal to reach. And the simplest way to do that is to keep moving forward, no matter what.
Stay positive. Believe in yourself and keep moving forward. Become a juggernaut and crush your obstacles.