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Ed Viesturs and Dreams

All of us must do this: Create a dream for ourselves. Set ever higher goals in life, shoot for ever loftier summits. The road will be challenging, the path at times insecure.

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I went to see Ed Viesturs at the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver last night. Ed was there to promote his new book, No Shortcuts to the Top, which details his quest (called Endeavor 8000) to climb the fourteen 8000 meter (26,000+ foot) peaks without supplemental oxygen. He finished his quest with an ascent of Annapurna in 2005.

It was a great slideshow, and reminded me yet again of the importance of having dreams, of having goals and ambitions, in one’s life. Ed grew up in the flatlands of Rockford, Illinois – not exactly a mountaineer’s paradise. But, he developed a dream of climbing, held fast to it, and, lo and behold, he accomplished it. The road was certainly far from easy. He failed a lot. He struggled. But, he also learned, grew, and eventually reached the top.

As with my childhood – growing up in the mountaineering bastion of Massachusetts – and my dreamNoshortcutstothetop_2

from age 8 of climbing Everest, Ed certainly had his naysayers. There must have been people who said it was impossible, it couldn’t be done, a kid from Rockford would not be able to go and climb Everest. But, Ed stuck to his dream, his vision, and made it a reality.

All of us must do this: Create a dream for ourselves. Set ever higher goals in life, shoot for ever loftier summits. The road will be challenging, the path at times insecure. We may fail. We may not always reach the top on the first go round. But, if we keep our dream alive, if we push onward with tenacious spirit and a healthy dose of fear and conservatism, we can reach the summits of our dreams.

As James Lane Allen wrote:

Dream
lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become. Your vision is the promise
of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at
last unveil.

Read more of my thoughts on goals, dreams, and ambitions in my first two newsletters, here and here.

 

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