David LiLim is a Singaporean mountaineer, who led the first Mt Everest expedition from his country. Unfortunately, he didn’t make the summit because of his injury. “I cracked two ribs on the summit push, and discounted myself,” David says.

A week after he returned from the summit, he was afflicted with the Guillain–Barré syndrome, a rare nerve disorder which left him paralysed eyes down. After being in the ICU for 43 days and in the hospital for six months, he emerged partially disabled in both legs.

In spite of this, he continued to lead expeditions on challenging mountaineering pursuits. Today, he has authored three books based on lessons he learnt as a mountaineer, travels the world as a professional speaker and has a CSP global certification.

And he credits a book with changing his life and leading him to the mountains. Listen to the podcast here.

Kiruba Shankaris the CEO of Business Blogging, a Social Media Consulting firm.. He is a professor of digital marketing, author of six books and an organic farmer.