Recalling the groundbreaking experience of being the first American woman to climb Mount Everest, Stacy Allison tells the story of one particular setback and how it constantly inspires her to rid her life of negativity.
Allison tells the story of her long climb, explaining how a seemingly efficient shortcut led to a horrifying encounter with leeches. She describes the creatures as impossible to get rid of, sucking one's skin dry without letting go. The speaker parallels these creatures with the leeches occupying the lives of individuals.
She shines a light on negative influences, highlighting their role as one of the main sources of stress in our lives and their ability to drain us of our energy, happiness and overall sense of well-being.