Values Quotes – Roald Amundsen on Exploration

100 years ago this month, in March 1912, the announcement came that mankind had reached the South Pole. It was Roald Amundsen, a Norwegian explorer, who led the Antarctic expedition.

Today’s quote comes from Amundsen, in honor of his successful exploration.

Amundsen stated:

 “Victory awaits him who has everything in order. Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary precautions in time.”

Wise words from a man who was speaking from experience.

Because there was another team at that time, lead by Robert Scott, that was also on an exploration to reach the South Pole. Scott’s team had a tragic ending, while Amundsen’s team was successful.

The reason?

A better understanding of the true value of exploration.

As a differentiating value, Exploration means a careful or systematic consideration or search.  Success – or victory – goes to the one who appreciates carefulness and implements proper systems. And not just in the actual time of exploring, but in the preparation.

If you are seeking victory in your explorations, I encourage you to consider the wise words of Roald Amundsen. Make sure you have everything in order before you venture out.


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