06/07/2013 07:08 pm ET

In Short Film, 'A Life Well Lived,' Mountaineer Jim Whittaker Gives Life Advice (VIDEO)

"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.