How to climb the Everest?


In 2006, i witnessed a motivational talk by Jamling Tenzing Norgay, son of the famous Nepalese mountaineer, Sherpa Norgay Tenzing who was one of the first two individuals known to have reached the summit of Mount Everest.

All through the talk my heart gasped with excitement, gulped with fear, jumped with joy, sulked with sadness, etc. My emotions touched new heights and dug deep lows — just like an ECG! And i thought to myself….

What inspires a mountaineer to voluntarily choose a challenge in which failure means ‘Death’?

What is the mind of a mountaineer made up of? In spite of being surrounded by death of fellow climbers, facing physical challenges of illness/injury, and emotional advertisy, how can the climber keep walking positively towards the summit?

For most of my life, i have been a proud member of the so called real world, where the so called real people live a life that is driven by society rather than passion. After listening to the passionate tales of Sherpa Tenzing (stories filled with trials and tribulations), i wondered, do us, the real world people really have real problems?

The joy of accomplishing a challenge like reaching the summit of Mount Everest is something i want to experience! I want to experience it all — the challenge, the pain, the ecstasy, the failure, the sadness, the sweet victory, the accomplishment, the satisfaction, the camaraderie, the joy of YES I DID IT!

And i know, i will get a chance to scale my EVEREST some day soon, whatever that might be, whenever it may be! But what i learnt from Jamling Tenzing Norgay’s talk is that scaling any kind of ‘Everest’ is possible if we develop certain attitudes and follow certain disciplines.

  • Positive attitude is mandatory! and at all times!
  • Death is inevitable. Life is optional. Live it with passion and purpose. Fill it with possibilities.
  • The power of your passion is far more than the power of your problems. So even if the odds are against it, you can do it!
  • Respect your challenge always — the ego harms more than it helps.
  • Be humble about the challenge, it’s essential as it kind of prepares you for the worst case scenario.
  • Be great to make others great! Teamwork has to be selfless and the focus has to be the team goal. In the process the individual goals will also be achieved. Experience the joy of being instrumental in the success of another and see the magic!
  • Deliberately develop willpower, it is a basic life skill you can’t do without. They say for good reason ‘where there is a will, there is a way!’
  • Spirituality is powerful. It helps you in dealing with adversity the most. Develop your spiritual side, it’s a good skill to have in your repatoire.
  • Meditate! Meditate! Meditate! — stop the noise, clear the head, strengthen the mind and immerse in whatever you want to achieve.

I tried them all and it worked!

My intention for mankind is — may each one of us experience the joy of scaling our very own EVEREST!

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