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What can you learn from climbing a mountain?

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Apparently a lot can be learned from climbing a mountain, as we found out this morning. Dan Rexroth stopped by the club this morning and talked to us about his climb. He didn’t go to Colorado to make his first mountain climb, instead he set his sights a bit higher. In March of 2012 Dan decided to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania Africa.

Dan is the CEO and President of John Know Village, which is located here in Lee’s Summit MO. Proof again that this little town of 100,000 has some of the most remarkable citizens in the world. So what made the CEO of a retirement community want to climb a mountain? Not just any mountain either, the tallest single standing mountain in the world? He wanted to have some bonding time with his son.

At 19,340 feet high, the mountain is as tall as the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains (14,000 feet), with the Empire State building on top of that, with another Empire State building on top of that and a third Empire State Building on top of that. You read that right, 3 Empire State buildings on top of each other, on top of a mountain. All the while you feel like your breathing thru a straw.

So what was the point in all this? Well, it was there, also there were a few things Dan learned during his climb. He shared his “11 Life Lessons Learned Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro” at this mornings meeting. There the kind of things that can easily inspire you to look at your own mountains and wonder just how difficult is it? Life has a funny way of putting things in perspective and I think these life lessons will as well.

11 Life Lessons


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