If you walk into the Guru Health Food Store in Jamaica, Queens, New York, you’ll probably meet Ashrita Furman. He owns the store.
Ashrita is famous, but it’s not because of the way he painted all of the store blue. In fact, the store has nothing to do with my story – I just brought it up to throw you off the scent of my real purpose.
Ashrita has the dubious distinction of holding the Guinness World Record for most world records in the Guinness Book of World Records.
He’s somersaulted the entire 12-mile route of Paul Revere’s famous ride.
He‘s done 27,000 jumping jacks in less than 7 hours.
He’s pogo-sticked up Mt. Fuji and holds records for the length of time balancing a chainsaw on his chin, the fastest 8km on stilts, and the longest time to hula hoop underwater.
In fact, he’s reached the proverbial top of the mountain in over 600 different feats.
We, as humans, are obsessed with the top of the mountain.
Whether it’s the richest person, the best athlete, the oldest cat, or Ashrita, we are drawn to those that have reached the top.
Here’s the problem:
We think that the top of the mountain is the goal.