Paradigm Shift · Personal Development

Burn Your Ships

This famous story is taken from the timeless classic ‘Think and Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill. 

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.
Here’s the moral of the story as understood by Hill. Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to burn his or her ships and cut all sources of retreat. Only by so doing can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a burning desire to win, essential to success.

IMG_8553I woke up this morning and looked at the calendar and lo and behold it was March 1st, the 60th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar, which means there are 305 days remaining until the end of the year. This is excellent news because as it stands, there’s still plenty of “daylight” left in the year to get started on one’s success initiatives. Forget about what you didn’t do over the last two months. You still have time to get back on track to achieving your goals and aspirations.

Today is a new day to embrace the power of your greatness. You must dig deep and trust you have what it takes to be happy and successful—in work, relationships, and finances. You have the ability, skill, talent, and capacity to shape your life in whatever way you desire. In the words of Thomas A. Edison, Are you willing to burn all bridges behind you and stake your entire future on your ability to get what you want? 

The time for underestimating yourself has passed. Now it’s time to put procrastination, doubt, and fear aside and fulfill the most truthful expression of self. When faced with obstacles, the easy thing to do is to retreat to one’s previous way of being. Nonetheless, I strongly encourage you to harness the power of positive risk-taking to ensure a future defined by unparalleled success for you and those you love.

Be AMAZING because you are!



13 thoughts on “Burn Your Ships

  1. the narration of this story is done by the orientalists, Tariq ibn Zayd was deemed to have said this, he took ships from africa for the conquest of Spain. i really enjoy your blogs josiah i wish you every success on your endavour with your book.

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    1. When Muslim forces invaded the Iberian Peninsula is one version of the story. The Spanish conquest of Mexico is another. The mutiny on the Royal Navy vessel HMS Bounty in 1789 is yet another. But I think we understand the point. 🙏🏽🙏🏽

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  2. What a blood pumping inspirational story! Thank you so much for writing this. This is a good reminder for me to look at my life and ask how I can pour more of myself into my passions. Happy March and have a beautiful day!

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