Burn the ships. We win-or we perish!

I love to share this story from Napoleon Hill’s book, Think and Grow Rich. The point is that plan B or C always makes people unenergized enough to win. People often resort to their comfort zones when they face problems on the way. Cutting all roads to retreat is essential to success.

“A long while ago, a great warrior faced a situation which made it necessary for him to make a decision which insured his success on the battlefield. He was about to send his armies against a powerful foe, whose men outnumbered his own. He loaded his soldiers into boats, sailed to the enemy’s country, unloaded soldiers and equipment, then gave the order to burn the ships that had carried them. Addressing his men before the first battle, he said, “You see the boats going up in smoke. That means that we cannot leave these shores alive unless we win! We now have no choice-we win-or we perish!  They won.”

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