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People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things. (Edmund Hillary)

People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.

Edmund Hillary
Quote Poster - People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things. - Edmund Hillary

I first became intrigued to learn more about Edmund Hillary after reading about him in John Ortberg’s If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat.

“Failure does not shape you; the way you respond to failure shapes you. Sir Edmund Hillary made several unsuccessful attempts at scaling Mount Everest before he finally succeeded. After one attempt he stood at the base of the giant mountain and shook his fist at it. “I’ll defeat you yet,” he said in defiance. “Because you’re as big as you’re going to get–but I’m still growing.” Every time Hillary climbed, he failed. And every time he failed, he learned. And every time he learned, he grew and tried again. And one day he didn’t fail.”

John Ortberg

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