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Perform With Purpose – Jordan Chhetri’s Story

Jordan, a courageous individual who has triumphed over cancer, serves as a true testament to the power of resilience and determination. His unwavering spirit and relentless pursuit of his dreams have led him to embark on a remarkable journey: conquering the mighty Mount Everest. This awe-inspiring mission goes beyond personal achievement; it is a beacon of hope and inspiration for countless individuals facing their own battles. 

Gurkha Security Services (GSS) takes immense pride in being a sponsor for Jordan’s extraordinary expedition, offering unwavering support along the way. Today, we have the privilege of sitting down with Jordan to delve into his remarkable journey thus far and eagerly anticipate the adventures that lie ahead.

1. Can you please introduce yourself and provide a brief overview of your background?

I am Jordan Chhetri, and I currently hold the position of manager at YBC. My journey has been defined by a profound and early encounter with cancer, as I received the diagnosis at the tender age of 13. At that moment, the odds of survival were dishearteningly low, at a mere 20%. However, I stand here today as a testament to resilience and hope, having defied those daunting odds.

One of my primary goals in this journey is to raise funds for the remarkable Southampton General Hospital, a place that played a crucial role in my own recovery, they saved my life and continue to do so for countless others. 

In addition to my philanthropic pursuits, I harbor a bold and audacious dream – the conquest of Mount Everest. In the year 2024, I aspire to summit this towering peak, an endeavor that symbolizes the strength of the human spirit and the ability to overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges.

2. What has inspired you to embark upon this journey at this point in your life? 

Receiving the all-clear from cancer was an incredible moment in my life, and naturally, I was overwhelmed with joy and gratitude. However, as I ventured into the world of survivorship, I found myself facing a unique set of challenges. While I had triumphed over the disease, I realized that I had lost my way along the path of life.

Growing up, I lacked the guidance and boundaries that would have steered me in a more focused direction. I was living with a sense of recklessness, frequently indulging in parties and excessive drinking. It seemed like I was drifting without purpose, adrift in the chaos of my own life. 

It was a significant wake-up call when I found myself at 16 stone, grappling with feelings of being heartbroken, lost, unmotivated, and frankly, out of shape. 

This realization prompted me to embark on a transformative journey, not just in terms of my physical health but in reclaiming my sense of purpose and ambition. It’s a journey of self-discovery and personal growth, as I strive to rise above the challenges that came my way after surviving cancer and ensure that my life is marked by accomplishments and contributions to the world.

My goal is to become 1% better than I was yesterday. 

It’s never to late to change your current situation and become the best version of yourself. 

4. What keeps you motivated?

In my view, motivation tends to be overemphasized while my primary focus lies in nurturing discipline. I keep my goals constantly within my line of sight, as this unwavering commitment is what keeps me consistently on the right path.

5. What other goals do you have in the near future? 

Towards the close of November, I am gearing up for Scotland’s Glen Coe. The conditions are going to be brutal but I need this in order to prepare myself for the challenges ahead.  Then|I will be scaling Aconcagua in Argentina. It is the highest mountain outside of Asia and this will qualify me to climb Mt Everest. Come March, I will be heading to Nepal. I will be residing in Namchee Bazaar for a month to climatise myself to the altitude, and then embark upon my journey to climb the mighty Mt. Everest. 

6. Any other final thoughts? 

I would like to thank Gurkha Security Services for sponsoring me and also being a part of this journey. Other special mentions go out to: 

  • YBC team and my family 
  • Darren Hardy
  • Nirmal Purja (Nimsdai)
  • Gelje Sherpa
  • Adriana Brownlee
  • Joe Jones
  • James Heaton 

Thanks again and if anyone would like to train with me just get in touch! 

3. What are some of the most significant achievements or milestones in your journey?

Throughout this journey, there have been numerous pivotal moments, one of those moments was the first day I embarked on my very first run. I could only manage a mere 100 meters before I had to switch to walking, covering a distance of 3 miles. However, I made it a daily ritual. I felt I had so much to prove to myself after that failure. I believe failures in life are so important, they propel you to keep you going. Without failure, you cannot progress. 

For me, those daily runs became a form of therapy, a way to navigate the challenges and emotions that had accumulated along my path. So far this year I have run 1800 miles!

I’ve also had the privilege of ascending the renowned Three Peaks. This was a proud achievement for me.

My friends have been my biggest supporters and recently we completed the Perform with Purpose challenge we set out ourselves. The challenge was to complete:

  • 31 miles run
  • 37 miles on bike
  • 900 squats
  • 750 crunches
  • 500 push-ups 

within 48 hours. However, we completed it within 32 hours! That was quite a big moment as I set it up to fail but we completed it in record time. 

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