Tough Times Never Last, but Tough People Always Do

True story: Before Sir Edmund Hillary, a man named Mallory assembled a team of climbers to conquer Mount Everest. The first expedition failed. The second one failed. On the third attempt, after careful planning with the best of the best, Mallory and most of his men perished due to an avalanche. The few who survived returned home where they were treated to a glorious banquet in their honor.

As the leader of the survivors stood to acknowledge the room’s applause- he stared at a framed picture on the wall. It was a group shot of all the men of that last expedition. With a look of determination and tears in his eyes, he addressed the Mountain on behalf of those who died and said, “Mt. Everest, you defeated us once. You defeated us twice. You defeated us a third time, but Mt. Everest we shall one day defeat you because you cannot grow any bigger, but we can.”

Our final destiny does not depend on the size of our problems, but on the size of our growth to overcome them. We are tougher than any problem we battle.

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