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Highlights of work experience: Everyone sometime, somewhere attempts to scale their own personal Everest, ours just happened to be the real thing."
"CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN" BUT IF AT FIRST YOU DON'T SUCCEED - NEVER GIVE UP!
Every so often a story comes along that teaches us more valuable lessons than we thought possible - this is one of those stories.
At the time when the whole of South Africa was watching the much-publicised summit of the first South African Mt. Everest expedition, five young friends decided to do the same, but they attempted to summit the more difficult side of Everest -The North Side.
The sad part of this story is also the most valuable lesson, because after setting their goals and attempting to achieve their dreams, they never reached the top of Everest. These young men were defeated by something they could never have predicted. The weather! After seven weeks on the side of the mountain, in temperatures averaging 40 degrees below zero, the Monsoon winds virtually blew them off the mountain.
The story holds invaluable lessons: from the point of view that whether an individual or a company sets its goals and doesn't achieve them, you can't give up. The most successful companies in the world have had months and years when they did not achieve budget, but they didn't give up and the lessons from this story are the same.
This one-hour presentation, accompanied by unbelievable slides begins like this (quotes Alex Harris):
"Everyone sometime, somewhere attempts to scale their own personal Everest, ours just happened to be the real thing. Eight thousand, eight hundred and forty-eight metres of towering snow and ice awaited the arrival of five friends who had a dream of climbing Mt. Everest - Goddess Mother of Earth.