57 years ago today, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay conquered Mount Everest. They spent 15 minutes at the top and then began the tortuous decent back down the mountain.
It’s a feat that I would love to take on someday. Like a lot of things in life, it has everything to do with knowing in your heart that you have accomplished something incredible. A 100 kilometer run, a speech in front of thousands of people, helping someone in need. In the grand scheme of things these might not have an impact on anyone but yourself, but what a rush it is to succeed at something great.
I’m sitting here trying to think of my Mount Everest. Conquering something so great that when you stare blindly at the peak you get chills of anticipation. Coming from the business and technology world I’m inspired by people like Warren Buffet and Bill Gates who are gradually taking their billions and distributing them out amongst the poorest nations in the World. I’m inspired by the Sergey Brins’ and Jack Dorseys‘ who are fundamentally changing the way we interact with technology and media. I’m inspired by great leaders who can see flaws in our systems and work tirelessly to fix them.
But what inspires me most is that there are still endless possibilities to do something incredible in our World. Everything hasn’t been said or done before. So when you get to the point where you’re Mount Everest is far off in the distance with seemingly no hope of reaching the summit, take a look again and note how small it really looks. And when you do finally get to the top, spend more than 15 minutes up there!
This post was inspired by Kevin Eikenberry.