I grew up as a Beijing city girl who had no athletic training and in 2004 set out to climb Mount Everest. I was on a promising career track in finance with an MBA from Wharton. I was excited about proving that an ordinary person could climb Everest. That excitement empowered me to not only climb Everest, but to become the first Asian woman to complete a journey to the summits of the highest mountains on each of the 7 continents and to the north and south pole, a feat called the Explorer’s Grand Slam. As I endured outstanding hardships and overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles, I made an astonishing discovery. I discovered that excitement is the driving force motivates and empowers every one of us and the secret to innovation, peak performance and extraordinary achievement. Today as a coach, speaker, author and adventurer I travel the world to ascend new summits and empower individuals and organizations to dream big, take a leap of faith and to tap into the power of excitement to realize your potential and reach the heights of success.