It's time to burn your ships and win!

It's time to burn your ships and win!

A long while ago, a great warrior faced a situation in which he had to make a decision that ensured his success on the battlefield. He was about to send his armies against a powerful foe whose men outnumbered his. He loaded his soldiers into boats, sailed to the enemy’s country, and unloaded the soldiers and equipment. Then he 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 we cannot leave these shores alive unless we win! We now have no choice – we win or we perish!’

They won.

If you’ve ever read Think and Grow Rich, this story should sound familiar. Or if you’re Hernando Cortez. Or one of his men. Or a pyrotechnic. A sailor? No? Alright, I digress.

“We now have no choice – we win or we perish!”

Let me ask you a question: are you winning?

Yes? Well that’s awesome, stop reading and keep your ships.

No? Then maybe it’s time to burn your ships.

Maybe? If you’re just content, unsure, or just feel like you’re missing something in life, maybe now’s the time to get a bit drastic.

Here’s the biggest reason to burn your ships: your life. This is your life – not the government’s, the church’s, or your parent’s – yours. You’re the only one that can decide (or cares) if you’re going to get out of it all that you want.

Is your life not worth winning?


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13 Comments on “The Biggest Reason To Burn Your Ships”

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  1. Bad Advice? Why You Should Stop “Being Yourself” Immediately | The Polyman says:

    […] Realize you’re worth it, and decide to do some­thing about it. This is your life, start living it. Maybe it’s also time you burned your ships. […]

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    […] with myself, and totally trans­parent with you, I take the leap into the pit of destruc­tion, burn my ships, and start to break my prece­dences by going against them when needed, or even on […]

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    […] service aimed at a different market. For a bootstrapped startup, such a move is pretty gutsy, the equivalent of burning your ships, but that’s exactly what Stormpulse, a weather tracking service […]

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  8. David Bransky says:

    Excellent and very well put. Thank you for the reminder Drew.

    1. Drew Gerald says:

      You're welcome, glad you liked it David.

  9. David Bransky says:

    Excellent and very well put. Thank you for the reminder Drew.

  10. German Salazar says:

    what a fantastic metaphor. I am going to meditate on it the whole month. Thanks for posting it. question though, seems like a Roman or greek story, could you please tell me the exact source or author? I appreciate it.

    1. Drew Gerald says:

      You're welcome! It's about Hernando Cortez.

  11. Paulo Inácio says:

    Para pensar…

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