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In 1988, Jim Hayhurst, a forty-seven year old ex-advertising executive, became the oldest member of the Canadian Expedition to Mount Everest.
The Right Mountain is the riveting story of that climb. He tells you about the life-threatening experiences that affected each member of the team. He describes the critical choices that had to be made, and the lessons that were learned as a result. But it is much more than an adventure story. It is about defining success for yourself— on your own terms— in your personal life or in your career.
The Right Mountain is inspirational. The story is dramatic. The metaphors compelling. And the messages it contains will stay with you long after the story is over.
In 1988 Jim Hayhurst climbed to the top of Mount Everest. THE RIGHT MOUNTAIN is the riveting story of that climb. Using the mountain as a striking metaphor, Hayhust shares profound lessons about incorporating the values of integrity, self-esteem, and respect for others into our daily personal and professional lives.
About the Author
Jim Hayhurst is a father of three, and a successful business executive. Under his leadership, the Hayhurst Group of Companies grew to become one of the top three advertising agencies in Canada. He was also Chairman of Outward Bound Canada. In 1987, he founded The Hayhurst Career Centre, an organization that helps people squeeze more satisfaction out of life.
In 1988, he participated in the Everest expedition that would change his life. He put together a slide show of his journey, and soon came to realize that this was much more than a travel story. He began to compare his experiences on the mountain with the challenges we all face in daily life, and found that his Everest climb was a powerful metaphor for defining success. Gradually, a valuable message took shape. He called that message The Right Mountain. Today, Jim Hayhurst presents The Right Mountain speech and slide show to businesses and organizations around the world, helping to change the lives to others.
Table of Contents
Prologue: Climb Mount Everest?
The Everest Express Team Tryouts
Building a Team, a Real Team
We're All in This Together
"I'm Training for Everest and Having a Little Trouble On This Hill!"
Body and Mind
Stairs and Beer Versus The Fitness Institute
Everybody Is Different
You Don't Just Go to Everest
High-Tech Climbers and Barefoot Porters
Motivation Makes the Difference Every Time
You Can't Carry a Full Pack On the First Day
Life Is Not a Macho Sport
Set Clear Goals and Communicate Them Clearly
The Children of Nepal
Leeches, Leeches Everywhere
Is It Going to Change the World?
Crossing a Landslide-- Step...by...Step
In the Path of an Avalanche
Sometimes You Have to Be Lucky
The Corn Woman
How Far Is Too Far?
You Can't Go Full Tilt All the Time
Sometimes You Lead, Sometimes You Follow
Everyone Has a Role
Jimmy's Life at Stake
Sometimes You Have to Leave Them Alone
Our Only Chance to Save Jimmy
Sometimes You Have to Let Somebody Else Do It
Another Hundred Pounds of Corn
Everyone Has a Load to Carry
The Challenges In Front of Us
You Can Learn a Lot by Looking Back
Climbing In the Clouds
When You Don't Know What to Do, Do It Slowly
Sleeping On a 3,000-Foot Vertical
It Is Amazing What You Can Do
Cerebral Edema Strikes Two of Our Climbers
The Laws of Nature Cannot Be Violated
I Push Myself Too Far
Now We Are a Real Team
You Have to Live and Work Together to Really Know Each Other
Define Roles and Goals
The Thrill of Being There-- At Base Camp
Don't Get Cocky-- Don't Forget the Lessons Learned
Death at 17,000 Feet: Know Yourself
Ric Gets Pulmonary Edema
Core Values-- Vital Signposts of Life
A Second Death Crystallizes the Message
The Right Mountain
Final Preparations for the Climb to the Peak
I Have To Turn Back
Jimmy Hits the Wall
Using Core Values
The Team Goes On
Security and Support Systems
The Final Assault
What Is the Definition of Success?
My Definition of Success...