In the 1920s, an English adventurer named Mallory led an expedition to try to conquer Mount Everest.
His first expedition failed. So did the second. Mallory made a third assault with a highly skilled and experienced team, but in spite of careful planning and extensive safety measures, an avalanche wiped out Mallory and most of his party.
Upon their return to England, the few who had survived held a banquet to salute Mallory and those who had perished on the mountain.
As the leader of the survivors stood to speak, he looked around the hall at the framed pictures of Mallory and the others who had died. Then he turned his back to the crowd and faced a large picture of Mount Everest which stood looming behind the banquet table like a silent, unbeatable giant.
With tears streaming down his face, he spoke to the mountain on behalf of his dead friends: “I speak to you, Mount Everest, in the name of all the brave men living, and those yet unborn. Mount Everest, you defeated us once; you defeated us twice; you defeated us three times. But, Mount Everest, we shall someday defeat you, because you can’t get any bigger and we can.”
Keep your enthusiasm. Keep persevering. Run your race until you cross the finish line!