"If you're not living life on the edge, you're taking up too much space," says mountaineer Jim Whittaker in the opening to a stunning short film titled "A Life Well Lived."

In the moving piece, Whittaker -- who was the first American to reach the top of Mt. Everest -- gives some valuable life lessons, including this one: Taking chances is what makes us better.

"Being out on the edge, with everything at risk, is where you learn and grow the most," he says.

The documentary-style video, which was directed by Seattle-based cinematographer Eric Becker and incorporates archival footage from Whitakers' 1963 trip up the word's tallest mountain, is full of similar nuggets of wisdom.

Click the video above to watch.

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