Sunday, December 4, 2011

Hillary Edmund Didn't Conquer Everest In His First Attempt!

Edmund Hillary was the first known man to climb Mount Everest. On May 29, 1953, he scaled the highest mountain then known to men: more than 29,000 feet above sea level. He was knighted for his efforts. He was even featured in the American Express card advertisements because of his Everest conquest. But do you know that Edmund Hillary didn't conquer Everest in his first attempt? Yes...he failed in his maiden journey to be on the top of the world. You seem back in 1952, he tried to climb Mount Everest but he failed. So a few weeks later, he was asked to address a group of people in England.

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Edmund Hillary-Man of conviction!

Edmund Hillary walked onto the stage to a boisterous applause. Everyone there was in awe of him and recognized that his attempt was nothing but great. Hillary didn't share their flattering opinion though. In his own eyes...he was nothing but an utter failure. He then moved away from the microphone and walked to the edge of the stage and...can you guess what he did? Edmund Hillary made a fist and pointed at a picture of Mount Everest. He then said in a loud voice,

"Mount Everest, you beat me the first time, but I will beat you
the next time because you've grown all you are going to grow...
and I am still growing!"

Did he conquer Mount Everest later on? Of course he did. You see...the world always makes room for a person of convictions. Edmund Hillary's words on stage demonstrates his convictions that clearly shows he knew where he was going (to top of the mountain). All of us are built to conquer circumstances, solve problems and attain our goals and dreams. You will find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer, goals to achieve and a purpose to fulfill. Actions alone cannot bring us to our destinations. We can't travel far without convictions. So are you convicted?