Everything was on track up until the last two months. The sponsoring organization called Todd, telling him funding for the expedition had fallen through. The project was canceled. Todd was devastated. His hopes and dreams - all of his effort and dedication - were wasted! He wrestled with the bad news. He had worked so hard, yet, the heart and determination he put into the project still existed. He made up his mind, "I will not quit."
In the days that followed, Todd went to work organizing funding for a new expedition. He told himself and his supporters, "God willing, I'll find a way to make this expedition happen." His hard work and determination paid off. With the logistics of each climb in place, Todd called the project "Summit America." On June 1, 1994, Todd's first climb began on Mt. McKinley in Alaska. One by one the highest point in each state was conquered.
All went well until the 47th climb. Two days before Todd's arrival, two climbers were killed on Mt. Hood, Oregon. Everyone advised Todd the climb was too dangerous. Filled with apprehension, Todd contacted an old high school friend and expert mountaineer, Fred Zalokar. Fred reassured Todd, saying, "You've come too far to quit now. Together, we'll get up Mt. Hood safely." After careful planning, Todd and Fred stood on the summit of Mt. Hood. On August 7, 1994, just 66 days after he started, Todd climbed the last peak in Hawaii. His expedition shattered the old climbing record by 35 days. Todd had triumphed over many obstacles, fulfilling his dream project - "Summit America."
There is one thing you should know about Todd, one detail that made him a very unlikely mountain climber. Thirteen years before "Summit America," Todd Huston had his right leg amputated after a boating accident. Because of his faith in God and a heart full of determination, Todd, a most unlikely "climber of mountains," became a champion mountaineer.
Sometimes, the most unlikely ones are able, like Todd, to accomplish the most unlikely feats, achieve the most unlikely goals, or fulfill the most unlikely roles. No one can judge what's in a person's heart just by looking at them. Those who often appear unpromising are the very ones who go on to realize their dreams.
What about you? What's holding you back from realizing your dreams? Have you had adverse circumstances in life? Have others tried to keep you down? We've all had those kinds of experiences to one degree or another. But the ones who triumph are the ones who refuse to quit..the ones who refuse to let pain, hunger, finances, or dream-stealers of any kind, take away what is their rightful pursuit.
To Your Success,