On July 3, 2013 at 11:43AM, I experienced a level of achievement, exhilaration and humility that changed my life. It was the moment that my son and I touched the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. In that rarefied atmosphere so far above the rest of humanity, I felt that I had stepped into Gods living room.
I have decided to go back in 2014 to climb Kili again. This time, I am taking a group of friends and business associates with me who want to experience this amazing journey. people who share the desire to experience the best of themselves and that have the ability and desire to translate that experience into all areas of their businesses, families and lives. I am calling this adventure the Mountain Leadership Experience.
The plan is to turn the trek into a true learning experience in which we climb, we learn, we share, we debrief and together we uncover the leadership secrets and art of 100% presence, alignment and achievement that can only be experienced at 19,341 feet.
When I climbed Kili in 2013, it was a moment of great achievement. However, it was much more than that. It was one of the only times in my life when I truly felt that my body, my mind, my emotions, the mountain and my spirit were all intimately connected in the same instant. In short, it was AMAZING! From the moment we started the climb, I had never been so present for such an extended period of time in my life. It was bliss in a strange but powerful way.
There were so many lessons learned in the months and days leading up to the climb and so many more on the climb itself. Lessons about being a father, leadership, team, personal strength, connection to the planet, contribution and the majesty of nature were just a few of the things that I learned and that this team will experience.
The Mountain Leadership Experience is about achievement and contribution. Part of the trip is working for 2 days in Moshi Tanzania at a school for the blind, albinos and orphans. There, myself and our team will be supporting young children who have much bigger mountains to climb to simply stay alive. The fees for this trip include a generous contribution to the school. In addition, two of our participants, Ben Eastman and Randy Zimnoch, put together a campaign called Raise the Roof to get even more funding for the Mwereni school. That campaign has already raised over $6,000. If you wish to help make a difference in the lives of these children, donations can be made through July 31st at: www.raisetheroof2014.com. Our money and our time will give them education, healthcare and support to have a chance in the world.
The experience at the school is life-changing. Helping them to help themselves, seeing the amazing gratitude on the faces of children who have almost nothing, gives you a deeper appreciation of what you can do to make a difference.
Each day of the trip at each camp, I will debrief, learn, share and discuss leadership mastery secrets that will show participants how to take any team to heights they never dreamed of. There will be countless stories to tell, stomach splitting laughter and connections that will live with them forever. Breakthroughs will become daily, if not hourly, experiences.
It will also probably be the most challenging thing they have taken on in their lives.physically and mentally. However, with our guides from K2, they will be in the best hands on the mountain. K2s leadership and expertise is part of the learning process.
Kevin Cherilla (our lead guide) says that Kili always has a special test and lesson for each person that takes her on. They will find strength, grit and character that they never knew they had.
They will experience the intimacy and power of a real team in one of the most amazing contexts and environments they can ever imagine.
No matter what they encounter going forward, their experience on Kili will give them the strength, conviction and power that no one around them will have.
We will be videotaping this entire experience. I look forward to sharing with you some of the outstanding lessons that are sure to be had on this journey. In the interim, please check out the video to see how K2 and all the contributors have made a real difference: http://youtu.be/ZhYcIA7QzA0.