Our CEO and Founder of Success Resources, Richard Tan, was recently interviewed by Bjorn BasedThere, a popular blogger who focuses on finding one’s passion in life and to live a life that you can truly call yours. The abstract is below:
I had the wonderful opportunity to ask, Richard Tan, founder and CEO of Success Resources, a few questions about his time climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. He has now climbed Kilimanjaro twice, and inspired many others, including myself, to go climb Kilimanjaro.
Why did you want to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?
I first heard of “climbing Mount Kilimanjaro” at a seminar in London from a 50-year-old volunteer staff. She and her husband were going to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and were recruiting others to go. I thought, “If this couple (the husband is a very large man) could climb Mount Kilimanjaro, it should not be too difficult.” Moreover, the name “Kilimanjaro” sounded cool.
When a friend, Blair Singer, invited me to climb Mount Kilimanjaro with him, I agreed to it straight away. I had no idea where this mountain was located or that it was the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
I just wanted to do something different and interesting, and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro sounded like an interesting goal. So far, I have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro twice. It created interest in some of my staff and customers. Even some of my family members were excited too!
I planned a third climb because I wanted to spend more time with my family members who were going. The climb would give me the opportunity to train and climb with them. It would be a family-bonding activity.
Any interesting stories or incidents from your climb?
On the third evening after dinner, I walked out of the tent. We must have been at around 4800 meters above sea level at that point. I looked up to the sky and saw vast patches of “white clouds”. I marveled that even at night, somehow the area did not experience total darkness because of these “white clouds” in the sky.
I pointed out the “white clouds” to my friends and was told that they were not clouds but milky ways! The “white clouds” were in fact clusters of billions of distant stars. When I realized what the “white clouds” were, it struck me how very small our earth is compared to the whole of God’s creation.
It made all our human issues so insignificant compared to the grand totality of the whole universe.
What were some of the challenges you faced during the climb and how did you overcome them?
I didn’t have any real challenges during the climb. On some nights, it was really cold. I would take out all my gear and clothes from my duffel bag and place it around the tent to insulate myself from the cold. I filled one of my water bottles with hot water and used it as a heat-pack inside my sleeping bag.
You can read more of the interview here.