Michael Ellenby
Mount Everest Base Camp Experience

ImageWith a worldwide range of experience - from Wall Street to Singapore - Michael Ellenby has created a consulting practice with his primary focus on Goal Setting, Beyond Goal Setting and How to Achieve Great Results.

Michael framed his talk around a recent trek to the Mount Everest Base Camp. He used this extraordinary experience to present his Nine Lessons to Accomplish Your Goals. The trip lasted 12 days, included a 120 mile hike, an exciting and dangerous landing at the 9,000 foot Lukla airport, crossing frightening bridges across 300 foot gorges and a whole variety of difficult and uncomfortable conditions.


Here are Michael’s nine lessons;

Lesson 1 - Always expect the unexpected.  Landing at the dangerous Lukla airport was Michael’s example. In preparing for this event, no contingency can be overlooked.  

Lesson 2 - Build a great team.  Life and business is a team sport. 

Lesson 3 - Be prepared.   Have a goal … Have a deadline … Have the right mind set or attitude. Having a goal and a deadline are the easiest. Having the attitude required to succeed is the tough one. 

Lesson 4 - The strongest emotion wins. Do you have the passion to conquer your fear? … or will your fear hold you back? At some point you will enter the “land of no excuses”. For Michael crossing those flimsy bridges across 300 foot gorges took every ounce control over his emotions.

Lesson 5 - Be thankful for what you get.  Michael discussed the living conditions … no heat and no hot water … no electricity and limited gas. It took sleeping in two sleeping bags (one inside the other) to be warm enough to sleep. Heaven! 

Lesson 6 - Stop and Smell the roses.  The views along the trek were spectacular. Enjoying the beauty of what surrounds you is a key part of the process.

Lesson 7- Hire an expert. Make sure you follow their advice and direction. 

Lesson 8 - Celebrate your wins as a team.   There is nothing sweeter.

Lesson 9 - Be clear about your objective.  For many mountain climbers getting to the top seems like the objective.  It isn’t!  One of every twenty Mount Everest climbers dies on the mountain. Most die on the decent. So the objective should clearly be to get back down off the mountain safely.  

Michael concluded his talk with praise for all the Non Governmental Organizations and Service Organizations, such as Rotary, that he’s encountered in his travels. They make a real difference in people’s lives.