4 Ways to Reach Extraordinary

Everest was identified as the highest point above sea level in 1852. 70 years later, George Mallory and others attempted to reach the summit and failed (1922).

Mallory attempted to summit Everest again on June 8, 1924 with his climbing partner Andrew Irvine. Both perished.

Mallory’s body was found May 1, 1999. After a short ceremony, he was buried on the mountain. Irvine’s body is lost.

31 years after Mallory and Irvine’s failure, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made it, May 29, 1953.

News of their extraordinary achievement reached the world the day Elizabeth was crowned Queen of England, June 2. Four days later Queen Elizabeth made Edmund a Knight.

Image of Sir Edmund Hillary. How to reach extraordinary leadership?
Image source: Edmund_Hillary

4 ways to reach extraordinary:

#1. Reach for something you really want.

Know what matters to you.

Forget about climbing Everest until you know you must.

Tenzing Norgay attempted to summit Everest six times before he and Hillary attained it.

How deep is your desire? Forget about aspirations you should have. My coach likes to say, “Don’t should on yourself.” Why struggle with things that don’t matter to you?

People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.

Sir Edmund Hillary
Tenzing Norgay on the right. Image source: Edmund_and_Tenzing

#2. Accept what you can’t do.

You’re not good at everything; you suck at many.

Becoming extraordinary requires brutal honesty.

Small doses of over-confidence enable you to reach high, but arrogance guarantees failure.

#3. Let others do their jobs.

You can’t climb Everest and carry your own gear.

People who reach extraordinary depend on others. Sir Hillary depended on Norgay and many others. Trying to do everything is like climbing with rocks in your pockets.

Do less to become extraordinary.

#4. Don’t carry elephants.

Confront issues quickly and directly.

You can’t climb high with elephants in your pack.

Practice kind candor.

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