I had the honor to climb with Paul and Denise, while reading their inspirational recounts of the 7 Summits. The book is an awesome account of the trials, tribulations, trails and tales of their journey together up to the roofs of all continents, and the ultimate rooftop to the world, Everest. The book is a compelling fast and fun read. I laughed out loud often. I cried and I was super inspired. Paul and Denise show the world what is possible with an idea, and they get it done. I would recommend anyone - not only climbers - read this book, and so much so that I have bought 10 for holiday presents the year. Oh yes and all proceeds 100% go to the CAF charity -- Challenged Athletes Foundation. Thanks so much for making the world a better place Paul and Denise! Kristin B.
Steps to the Summit is quite simply a great read. The story telling on its own stands up extraordinarily well on entertainment value alone. I couldn't put it down, and actually finished it in two nights. However, it is the extraction of learnings that Paul has done for us that makes this such a useful book. At each "step" Paul has summarized the lessons learned in that particular stage of his journey that led to the astounding achievement of climbing the highest mountains on each continent around the world. The culmination of those efforts is the final Summit, Mt. Everest, an enthralling story within a story, and a part of the book that will keep you on the edge of your seat, cheering Paul and his wife Denise on in their awe-inspiring adventure. Whatever your personal challenges are, this book will help you overcome them, and find a deeper source of strength, personal insight, creativity, and resolve. I highly recommend it.
Steps to the Summit is an awesome read that is both funny and inspirational. Mountaineering seems to involve lots of decision making, which is relevant to everyone. Details, logistics and preparation are all huge parts of climbing the Seven Summits and Paul and Denise do a great job of using these lessons learned to accelerate in their personal and business lives. Steps to the Summit is a must read for anyone who has goals in their life- personal, physical and business related. This book shows you that even if there are road blocks to your goal, there are ways to work with it and overcome. I couldn't put this book down once opened. You made my flight from NYC to LAX exciting, thanks Paul Fejtek!
In just 150 pages, Paul Fejtek delivers a fast-moving account of how he and his wife Denise climbed the seven highest peaks on the seven continents, explores the factors that helped him overcome his personal challenges, and summarizes everything he has learned about life in the process. Given the density of information, the book is surprisingly easy to read. Perhaps this is because the core of the book is a story - a story of conquering challenges, an adventure story, and even a bit of a love story.
Most of the lessons that Paul learned will be familiar to the reader, but the lessons are memorable parables, not platitudes, when presented in the context of an extraordinary undertaking and decisions with real life-or-death consequences. By the end of the book, it is easy to see how the mountain is a metaphor for life.
Inspiring, entertaining, and heartwarming - a great book to read and to give as a gift.
Sit back, relax and enjoy this true life story of a remarkable Southern California couple who have not only successfully climbed the highest peaks on all continents but who have also shared a touching story of love and commitment. Their story is filled with adventure and true "team work" put forth to accomplish their goals. Paul and Denise prepared for the worst and hoped for the best in their quest to climb Mt. Everest. Paul tells of his own disability, brachial plexus, and how he never let his disability keep him from doing anything he set out to do. Working closely with the Challenged Athletes Foundation, Paul himself has proved to be a role model for success.
Paul told his story of remarkable risks and rewards as he and Denise set out to conquer their goals. He was then able to show how those same "steps" set forth in the book can be applied to succeed in the world of business. It made me think about my own life, my own special gifts and how anything is possible with the right positive attitude, goal setting and determination to achieve what one has set out to do.
Steps to the Summitt is more than another book describing the difficulties in reaching the highest mountain on earth. The author Paul Fejtek brings another exciting dimension to the table as he and his wife Denise had climbed the highest peaks on all the other continents before tackling Everest. Through Paul's unique style, he recounts the many interactions with a multitude of people that touched his and Denise's life from the planning, the preparation and the ultimate goal in reaching the summit. This young couple is also to be congratulated for making the trek not just for their own satisfaction but to help raise a considerable amount of money for the Challenged Athletes Foundation.
Paul's other objective was to draw on his own experiences as a successful business consultant to draw parallels between what it takes to succeed in both business and virtually any other facet of our life to reach the top. The book was very enjoyable and should appeal to pretty much all ages.
A wonderful story of love in the mountains and overcoming physical limitations. Well written and very applicable to the business world..."If you think you can - then you can." Climbing to the Top of Mt. Everest as a husband-wife team is a seldom achieved goal and one that only can be shared with the love of your life. They both are incredible athletes and you have to appreciate the courage of Paul and his famous "Home Depot" claw that he used to pull himself to the "top." Great reading for anyone interested in the mountains and overcoming any negative thoughts about not succeeding in life. Once you start you won't want to put the book down.
Climbing the Seven Summits is a feat that few people have accomplished. Climbing them without the full use of a hand adds a pletoria of complexities and challenges considering one of the keys to mountain climbing is using your hands for support, pulling, holiding onto rocky or frozen surfaces.
Paul Fejtek who has Brachial Plexus Palsy has climbed the Seven Summits and written about his experiences in Steps to the Summit. His writing brings us a close-up view of the problems he encountered, how he approached and solved them plus his triumphs. He weaves into his writing learnings that can be used in both life and business situations.
Steps to the Summit is an exciting, fast paced read. Paul doesn't dwell on his physical challenge except as simply another issue to be overcome in climbing mountains or climbing ahead in life and business.
The story of the Fejtek's quest and success in climbing the tallest peaks on every continent is worthy of a book all by itself, but the tie-in to business success makes this an even better read. It really feels like you are on the mountain with them and you can easily pick up this book and become so engrossed in the story that you only put it down when you reach the final page. I generally don't read business advice books because I think so many of them are so hokey, but this book breaks the mold. I liked it so much I ordered a couple of more for colleagues.