In a Tictrac exclusive interview, we sat down with him for the first episode of our Empower Hour podcast, where Pen shared with us his inspirations, obstacles and sheer determination to achieve a goal so seemingly out of reach. He talked us through his journey to get to the North Pole and what his two previous attempts taught him about perseverance and endurance.
“I can say this looking back, when I didn’t succeed in 1994 – I took that as a crushing failure. And it was quite public, reported in the papers. But I didn’t give up, I was determined to do this thing. In 1998, I got much closer – but in some ways I had failed again. In 2003, on the third attempt, I succeeded.
And looking back, I can now say with absolute confidence, that in my view, they weren’t just even temporary setbacks. They actually were the essential opportunities to work out to learn how to do it. I did break down in detail where I had gone wrong in the first attempt and second attempts – and by breaking those barriers down into smaller parts as I needed to do before I could put them back together again.”
Pen’s story shows us that anything we want can be achieved by firstly working out a process, then grinding through the steps no matter what happens. Eventually, even after multiple attempts and failures, you can still reach your own ‘North Pole’.
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