In his book, The Sower’s Seeds, Brian Cavanaugh tells the story of Sir Edmund Hillary as a reminder to great leaders of the power of their commitment and steadfastness in achieving their life’s goals and purpose.
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. He was knighted for his efforts. He even made American Express card commercials because of it! However, until we read his book, High Adventure, we don’t 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 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 made a fist and pointed at a picture of the mountain. He 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!”
Simon Sinek writes: “Greatness is not born from one success. Greatness is born from persevering through the countless failed attempts that preceded.” Also, an unknown author wrote: “Someone once told me not to bite off more than I could chew. I said I’d rather choke on greatness than nibble on mediocrity.” May you live your greatness every moment of your life, knowing always that you are still, and always, growing… bigger than any mountain. The best is yet to come.
Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!