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Monday Motivation: Kyle Maynard, Douglas Mawson, Aron Ralston

Monday Motivation: Kyle Maynard, Douglas Mawson, Aron Ralston
Rob Wormley
  • On February 25, 2013

Editor’s Note: Each Monday we publish an article that follows one central theme and features three people who fit within that theme. The point of these articles? To motivate you to do more, be better, and live fuller. To help you release the extraordinary within you. The Monday Motivation Theme for this week is: Conquerors of Mental and Physical Challenges.

In 2012, Kyle Maynard crawled 19,340 feet on all fours to become the first quadruple amputee to climb Mount Kilimanjaro without assistance. Maynard wrapped bike tires around his limbs and secured them with gorilla tape in preparation for his climb. His goal was, “to inspire children and veterans with disabilities to seek out heart-pumping adventures, despite their physical limitations”[.]

In 2003, outdoorsman Aron Ralston was forced to amputate his own arm using a dull multi-tool, after a boulder trapped him in a remote canyon in Utah. He then rappelled down a 65-foot sheer wall one-handed, and began the 8-mile walk back to his vehicle, until running into a family who was vacationing in the area. By the time he was found, he had lost 40 pounds and 25% of the blood in his body.

In 1912, Douglas Mawson, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, fought frostbite, starvation,  and death in an Antarctic expedition gone horribly wrong. After one of his fellow explorers fell to his death along with essential equipment, food, and a few of their sled dogs, Mawson and another man were forced to make a treacherous trip back to their basecamp. In the end, Mawson would be forced to watch his other fellow explorer succumb to illness and die, shoot and eat his own sled dogs, pull himself (hand-over-hand) out of a crevasse he had fallen into, and walk some 300 miles back to the base. When he arrived, he was forced to wait another 10 months before a rescue ship could pick him and a group of men up and bring them home to Australia. 

Whatever challenges you’re facing this week—physical, mental, emotional, personal, professional—attack them head on and with everything you’ve got. Be the extraordinary person you are meant to be.

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