“All men dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men for they may act their dreams with open eyes to make it possible” T.E Lawrence, the 7 pillars of wisdom
is a 28 years old Egyptian, studying for his MBA in London. Omar had a dream of being the first Egyptian to climb Mt Everest. He had this dream since he was 16 years old, and since then he started preparing himself to make his dream come true..
By the 25th of March 07 he was in Nepal to start his Mt Everest expedition
, after serious preparations for two years. The expedition lasted for 2 months.. he reached the summit by the 17th of May 07 being the first Egyptian to reach the summit..
Tonight I attended a presentation for Omar about his Everest experience.. and I gotta say he is such an amazing person.. to my surprise, he turned out to be the same person I read about 4 years ago who had a journey round the world for 370 days!! (more could about his journey could be found here
I perceived him as a very modest person.. someone who knows what he wants, determined to make his dreams come true.. capable of defeating anything for the sake of achieving what he once dreamt of..
One major lesson that I personally learnt from him; “If you have enough motives to do something and you are determined to do it, you will, no matter how hard it is”
When he was asked about his coming steps, he answered “I’ll go looking for other Everest in other fields
His advice was, Everest shouldn’t be everybody’s dream, rather every person should search for his own version of Everest and work hard to reach the summit..
It was an amazing night, that really came at the perfect timing for me..
Thank you Omar for making me proud of you..