Matthew Henson, First Man to Reach the North Pole
"Henson must go with me. I cannot make it without him." Rear Admiral Robert Edwin Peary
Matthew Henson, a Negro, spent half his life, with Robert Peary, trying to conquer the North Pole. On April 6th, 1909, they succeeded. It was their 8th attempt.
A Negro Explorer At The North Pole is Matthew Henson’s account of how he and Peary, through careful planning and dogged determination, overcame bitter cold, open water, broken equipment, mountainous ice ridges, and the constant threat of starvation to achieve their goal of being the first men at the North Pole.
The incredible story of the how Matthew Henson went from 12-year old runaway to steamship cabin boy to Arctic explorer to Conqueror of the North Pole (CNP), and finally Greatest Negro Explore Of All Time (GOAT) contains four important life principles:
1 Great achievement occurs by focusing on a clearly defined goal.
2Anything necessary to success can be learned at any time in life.
3 People can endure extreme adversity and hardship, if the goal is important.
4 Great success is achieved through incremental victories.
Henson’s heroic example and these principles will inspire and motivate you to follow Henson’s sled tracks and set and achieve your own great goals.