Ed Viesturs Lecture
“NO SHORTCUTS TO THE TOP” – with power point images.
Lengths can be modified from 20-60 minutes plus time for Q&A.
Viesturs lecture documents his primary goal of climbing the World's 14 peaks over 8000 meters (26,000' and above) without supplemental oxygen-a project he titled Endeavor 8000. This effort took him 18 years to complete and in doing so became the only American and one of five people to accomplish this feat. His Powerpoint images showcase these efforts and complement the talk. The themes interwoven within this story are team work, leadership, goal setting, overcoming obstacles, personal commitment and risk management.
1."Getting to the summit is optional, getting down is mandatory". Climbing a mountain has to be a round trip. You need to plan ahead and have resources to make sure you finish what you set out to do.
2."Listen to your instincts". Make decisions based on your experience and gut feelings. Don't get caught up in group think.
3. "Temper your ambition in the face of overwhelming risk". Be patient enough to wait for the right time to move forward, even if others are going ahead. My motto has always been “The mountain decides whether you climb or not. The art of mountaineering is knowing when to go, when to stay, and when to retreat.”
4. "Patience and persistence are keys to success but I believe that passion is the most critical ingredient". If you are passionate with what you do, you'll perform better, enjoy the process and be willing to take as long as it takes to succeed.
5. “Perseverance and maintaining your standards of excellence through changing conditions is part of any long term endeavor”. If you are involved in any sort of project or campaign, you have to understand that the bad times go along with the good times. For most things though, in the long run, there is usually an upward trend, but it can be a bumpy road along the way. Believing in yourself and not compromising your standards for the sake of quick success are essential to any sustainable endeavor.
6. “Teamwork, regardless of the industry, is the same: It is an implicit trust in and recognition that the person next to you is No. 1”.