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Lessons From Climbing Mount Everest

The months of June onwards is heavy with basketball activities from the UAAP and the NCAA, to the highly-anticipated Fiba-Asia men’s championships on August, which Manila is hosting for the first time since 1973.

The PBA’s season-ending Governors Cup opens shortly, before the much-awaited PBA Annual Rookie Draft on November 3.

Basketball teams have stars, role players and upcoming ones. They have one common goal. But for that goal to be achieved, they need to work together, to constantly communicate and encourage each other.

And as the basketball season hits fever pitch, I’m reminded of how important it is to go through life with a group of people, whom you could rely on when things don’t go well. People whom you could approach for advice or counsel, encouragement and support.

Nepal_Everest_20130601090643I’m reminded of a story from John Maxwell’s The Law of Mount Everest in his popular book The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork.

Maxwell talked about an Englishman by the name of Maurice Wilson, who attempted to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain peak.

As I “Googled” Wilson’s background, I found out that he was a former British soldier, mystic, aviator and mountaineer, who met a sad death in his unsuccessful attempt to climb Mount Everest alone in 1934.

At a time when technology was not as advanced as it is today, Wilson made a daring  and dangerous attempt to climb Mount Everest without really preparing himself but doing things by his own just as his three hired porters refused to climb any farther with him.

Maxwell recounted that Wilson “decided to make the climb on his own. That decision killed him.”

Hebrews 10:24-25 says 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching..”

I could just imagine how difficult it was for Wilson to climb Mount Everest as he faced the frigid atmosphere and strong wind without having someone to encourage and help him in his ascent.

On the other hand, Nepali Tenzing Norgay and New Zealander Edmund Hillary became the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest on May 29, 1953, about 19 years since Wilson’d froze to death. But they did it with the help of a team, of people who are in charge of carrying some equipment, and of people who remind them of the goal, people who speak words of encouragement.

We all need someone to help us, to encourage us in life and to tell us in our face if what we’re doing is right or wrong.

Don’t run and live life “alone” just like Wilson. Instead, let’s learn from Norgay and Hillary. Let the word together and the phrase one another be part of our vocabulary.


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