What you don’t get to read about Edmund Hillary

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Sir Edmund Hillary was the first man to climb Mount Everest. On May 29, 1953 he scaled the highest mountain known to man-29,000 feet straight up. He was knighted for his efforts.

However, what we don’t get to read is what Edmund Hillary had to endure to grow into this success.

An year earlier, in 1952 he attempted to climb Mount Everest, but failed. A few weeks later a group in England asked him to address its members.

Hillary walked on stage to a thunderous applause. The audience was recognizing an attempt at greatness, but Edmund Hillary saw himself as a failure. He moved away from the microphone and walked to the edge of the platform. He made a fist and pointed at a picture of the mountain.

Then he said in a loud voice, “Mount Everest, you beat me the first time, but I’ll beat you the next…

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