Why do we climb mountains?
Why do we set big goals in our lives?
Why do we strive to go beyond the ordinary, to reach for the extraordinary in life and work?
This is a question Jake Norton has wrestled with throughout his climbing life. As the author Simon Sinek notes: Most of us know what we do, some of us know how we do it, but very few of us know why we do what we do.
In this inspiring presentation, Jake Norton takes audiences on a candid and personal journey through his career as a climber and photographer – a career that includes three summits of Everest, ascents of some of the most stunning peaks around the world, and adventures on all seven continents. But, despite his successes, Jake’s many summits led ultimately to a feeling of emptiness, and a recognition that, in his words:
The summit’s just a small patch of snow along the way. It’s our experiences on the sides of our mountains that last, that linger, that provoke, and that, ultimately, define who we are.
Jake has now redefined why he climbs through his Challenge21 project, a multi-year, multi-peak effort to raise funds and awareness for the global water and sanitation crises. This redefinition has not only brought more satisfaction to Jake’s climbing, but has also been a huge success: In 2 years, Jake’s efforts have raised over $250,000 for Water For People and spread the word to over 1 million people worldwide.
If you’re group needs inspiration to discover not just what they do or how they do it, but why they do what they do, Higher Than Everest will get them there.