Imagine you live in a small town.
And less than a mile away, there’s another small town.
They have good schools. Good jobs. Good doctors. It’s just kind of generally pretty nice. Everyone in your town goes there all the time.
The problem is there’s this mountain in the way.
And even though it’s less than a mile between your town and the neighboring town, you gotta walk 45 miles to get around the mountain. So most people just try and go over. It’s painful. And dangerous.
One day, your wife is trying to get over the mountain, when she slips and falls. She’s injured. It’s not good. You realize this can’t go on.
So what do you do?
You might try to secure a couple billion dollars in funding, then hire a bunch of contractors with backhoes, explosives, and one of those huge drilly things from the “Oceans Eleven” movies to blast a hole and lay down a sweet, shiny new highway.
The problem is, you live in a poor community in rural India.
You don’t have billions of dollars, and you definitely don’t have access to powerful politicians who can loan you that kind of cash. You only have your own two hands.
So how do you get a road through the mountain?
You grab a hammer and a chisel.
And start straight-up beasting your way through.
Which is exactly what Dashrath Manjhi did.
A man named Dashrath Manjhi, a laborer from Bihar wanted his people to have access to doctors, jobs, education, and opportunities. Armed with only a hammer, chisel, and crowbar, he carved a road through the 300-foot mountain that isolated his village from the nearest town.