Two days ago, Cory Richards and Adrain Ballenger attempted to reach the top of Mount Everest, without oxygen tanks. Cory Richards made it to the top, but Adrain Ballinger stopped, unable to continue, only 1200 feet from summit.
For me personally, congratulations to Cory Richards for reaching his goal. However, the words from Adrain Ballinger resonate much louder. After he congratulated his partner, he spoke these words about himself the next morning, "I mean, it's heartbreaking, it really is. I'm still going through all of those emotions of failing after working so hard for something. It really was a group effort even though only one of us stood on top."
I thought to myself, what generous words Adrain spoke about Cory. Again, my congratulations, however how many second, third, and forth place finishes before I push myself harder. What do I need to do to be better today than I was yesterday?
Both men may have trained every day together, exactly the same way. Each one-climbed other mountains together, exercised together, ate the same food together, but somehow both did not reach the top together.
Getting to the top, being first, winning against impossible odds, are challenges that only I can overcome. I can watch a thousand infomercials, read the same number of books, or listen to numerous tapes about how to succeed. However, when all is said and done they were only guides.
If I want to do anything to push myself forward, it is purely up to me. We have finished our first book, Nikkole and I, but I equate that to climbing Everest. It's done, which means that we are only at Base Camp One. Cover for the book, publishing the book, marketing the book, selling the book, each one another base camp, which only gets us to the summit, maybe.
Once there, we will congratulate ourselves for a job completed, and that is all. As I pointed out to Nikkole, and if I am correct, on May 31, several thousand new ebooks will become available for sale on Amazon alone. That does not take into consideration the number of books published every other day with them and other companies.
The odds are staggering, and not only is it testing every emotion, but the reality is only the strong ones survive. My congratulations to Adrian and Cory for doing what most people wish they could do, but are too afraid to even attempt.