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Alan Hobson

Mt. Everest Summiteer and Cancer Survivor

Alan Hobson tells an inspiring story of two decades of preparation and failure, final success in reaching the summit of Mt. Everest and a diagnosis of acute leukemia, now in remission.

 
Turning Crisis into Opportunity

It happens to everyone. You establish a goal, but fall short of achieving it. You try again, but a competing priority suddenly requires you to shift your focus, or your resources. Then, you finally succeed, only to be blindsided by the unexpected. Alan Hobson faced all of these situations on his three expeditions to Mt. Everest and while climbing back from cancer. In his spellbinding personalized presentations, he draws invaluable connections between the priceless lessons of his life experiences and the challenges we all face in our personal and professional lives.

Bouncing Back from Setbacks

After more than a decade of preparation, Alan Hobson's first expedition to Mt. Everest missed the summit by 3,000 feet when his team's high camp was blasted off the mountain by hurricane-force winds. Instead of giving up on his goal, he used his hard-won lessons to begin again more intelligently. Alan inspires audiences to learn from setbacks and come away with smarter solutions for achieving their objectives.

Adapting to the Unexpected

Hobson’s second Everest attempt missed the summit by just two city blocks when the expedition's lead climber came down with life-threatening high altitude sickness. Alan’s team worked for 33 continuous hours and saved the man’s life, but it meant postponing the achievement of their goal. Discouraged, but not defeated, he walked away again with another set of precious lessons and started over with renewed determination. In today’s tough economic times, instant adaptability and psychological resilience are essential to success. Alan shows audiences how to rise to the challenge of cataclysmic change and effectively re-prioritize without losing sight of their mission, vision and objectives.

Executing with Excellence

After almost two decades of preparation, an experienced Alan Hobson finally reached the summit of Mt. Everest during his third expedition. It was a true triumph of tenacity. Alan shows audiences that even when times are hard, if we remain focused on executional excellence and relentless improvement, we can achieve our goals. His powerful personal example resonates on an individual and organizational level.

Climb Back!

Three years after Everest, Alan faced his biggest mountain. Diagnosed with acute leukemia (an aggressive cancer of the blood) and given less than a year to live, once again, he never gave up. Today, he is one of less than a few dozen people ever to achieve an elite level of fitness after an adult blood stem cell transplant to eradicate the disease. He has now been cancer-free for more than nine years and is officially medically cured.

Triumphing in Tough Times

In today’s environment of uncertainty and change, Alan’s messages could not be more timely. He offers practical tools for managing the unexpected, as well as those challenges we can more easily predict. His hard-won wisdom has real world relevance, applicability and power. He is a tough man for tough times and a master at building bridges between where you are now and where you want to be – the perfect guide for anyone facing an avalanche of unknowns and a mountain of change and uncertainty. It’s time to triumph over change, turn crisis into opportunityand get back on top!

Meet Alan Hobson

Alan Hobson tells an inspiring story of two decades of preparation and failure, final success in reaching the summit of Mt. Everest and a diagnosis of acute leukemia, now in remission.

Alan Hobson is living proof of the power of persistence. He overcame the odds in reaching his goal of summiting Mt. Everest and he tapped his inner strength to battle what was originally diagnosed as terminal cancer. Now medically cured, Hobson offers practical steps to manage the unexpected, turn obstacles into opportunities and focus on excellence in execution. With meticulous attention to detail, he tailors his presentations by conducting extensive personal interviews and in-depth research so he thoroughly understands each client’s unique opportunities and challenges. His inspiring presentations send groups off with tears in their eyes and renewed commitment in their hearts. Hobson is the author of From Everest to Enlightenment: An Adventure of the Soul and Climb Back from Cancer: A Survivor and Caregiver's Inspirational Journey.

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