October 12, 2010

What Is Your Everest?


The summit, Mt. Everest
photo credit: Kappa Wayfarer

This past weekend CycleGuy brought home a book and an autographed photo for BabyGirl. One of the benefits of his job. CycleGuy had the pleasure of meeting Jordan Romero and his father, Paul. If you think our future is going to hell in a handbasket, this young man would easily change your mind.

On May 22 of this year (my and CycleGuy’s 16th Wedding Anniversary!), at age 13, Jordan Romero became the youngest person ever to stand atop the summit of Mt. Everest. He was accompanied by his father and stepmom. Do not doubt that this goal was set by this young man. It was not his father’s wish. It was Jordan who, at age 9 saw a mural of the Seven Summits, set this goal. CycleGuy said this young man was focused, polite, self-assured and inspiring.

While Jordan’s message is aimed at young people, to encourage them to think BIG and not limit themselves; it is very relevant to adults as well.  Probably more so. We’ve had time to become jaded. And we’ve been kicked in the teeth and knocked down so many times we’ve decided it’s not worth dreaming BIG.

But that is so wrong. We all have hopes and dreams. We all have something BIG we want to do. Each of us has an Everest, possibly many, we want to conquer. And this young man, Jordan Romero, sets out 7 Steps to achieving Your Own Everest. They’re not groundbreaking, but for a young man he’s focused enough to know that (1) you can’t do it alone and (2) there should be a benefit to others.

Achieving Your Own Everest is about believing in yourself and surrounding yourself with people who also believe in you. It’s about setting a deadline. Something to work toward and knowing when in your lifetime you want this Everest to happen.

I know I’ve sat around for years talking about things I want to do. Many times I’ve written them down. But ‘Someday‘ doesn’t cut it. Until I find ‘Someday’ on a calendar, I just give myself carte blanc to put off the work that needs to be done.

If a 13-year old boy can stand atop the world, certainly we, too, are capable of conquering our own Everests!

If you have kids, I highly recommend Jordan’s book “The Boy Who Conquered Everest: The Jordan Romero Story”. It is well written, filled with great photos and Jordan’s take on why he’s doing this. It may inspire your children to dream BIG!

So, what is your Everest?

Disclosure: CycleGuy met Jordan Romero and his dad, got a copy of Jordan’s book and the autographed photo as a perk of his job. I was not asked to write anything, nor was I compensated in any way. The links to Jordan’s book are directly to his site. I’m sure he makes some money if you buy it there, which is why I’m directing you there. Help this young man complete his dream of standing atop all 7 Summits!



Kim P. October 12, 2010 at 6:45 am

WOW! Very inspiring. This is the kinda stories I wish our newscast would report about. I think if we promoted the stories about kids like this and less about the bad, more people (kids and adults) would do good deeds and accomplish so much more. KUDOS to him and you for getting the word out. Kim

Honey October 12, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Hi Sara,

This was a VERY inspiring post. Thank you for sharing.


Becca - Our Crazy Boys October 12, 2010 at 9:20 pm

I am always searching for a good book for Michael… he’s so difficult to buy for, when it comes to books. I’m going to try this one. We can’t go wrong 🙂

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