Failure is not falling down, Failure is not getting up again!

We do not fail, we give up. Your resolution to success is most important than anything else. Whenever you have not given up, you always succeeded…

In my motivational series, “Dream It, Do It!”, I talk about the remarkable story of inspiring Mark Inglis, a mountaineer from New Zealand…who conquered Mt. Everest against all odds..

In words of Mark Inglis on his website, “Standing on the summit of Mount Everest has always been a boyhood dream, a dream that I thought I had lost in 1982 when as a Search and Rescue Mountaineer in New Zealand’s majestic Mount Cook National Park, I had a ‘hiccup’ in my climbing career, stuck in an ice cave dubbed ‘Middle Peak Hotel’ near the summit of Mount Cook for 14 days. As a result of this stay I lost both legs below the knees to frostbite.

Double Amputee Mark Inglis conquers Mt. Everest
On May 15th, 2006 that dream came true when I stood on the roof of the world, the summit of Mount Everest as the first double amputee to do so. Was it worth it? Absolutely yes, a great learning experience for me and even more importantly raising tens of thousands of dollars for the Cambodia Trust. I am a patron of the trust and October 2003 was spent in Cambodia working with the multitude of amputees there, working with leg design but even more importantly with attitudinal change. I have recently arranged for legs for Tibetan Sherpas who have lost limbs to frostbite just as I did.

My career has gone from SAR mountaineer to legless mountaineer! From there to a research scientist career after graduating with a first class honours degree in human biochemistry. That career evolved into winemaking with one of New Zealand’s leading winemakers, Montana, lasting an exciting 10years, the last 2 as senior winemaker.

I was privileged to ski internationally in the early 1990’s and have always loved cycling, that passion culminating in a Silver medal on the track in the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games. Even more recently the mountains have called again, starting with the summiting Aoraki/Mount Cook in January of 2002.

September 27th 2004, my 45th birthday saw me standing on my first 8000m peak, Cho Oyu, at 8201m the 6th highest in the world. That summit meant I am only the second double amputee to have summited an 8000m peak, but as always that wasn’t quite enough. From the summit of Cho Oyu I looked straight out at what people have told me was the impossible, Everest!”

Go to youtube to watch more of his inspiring videos..

Each one of us is no less. Close your eyes for a couple of minutes, sit back and go through every moment of success and satisfaction in your life, thus far. Live every event and moment, before – during – after, you will realize what you need to do to herald your flag in the next BIG THING Of your journey, called LIFE..


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