“A pioneer and his crew travelled to an unknown island. When they got there, the pioneer ordered his men to remove everything from the boat. After the boat was clean he ordered his men to burn the boat” this is the summary of a story I read in Think and Grow Rich. After further research, it gets attributed to Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés who ordered his men to burn the boat when they got to the battlefield.
The legitimacy of the story is questionable but the implications are profound. This is a story I love to whip out when the days are dark and the sun doesn’t look like its going to shine. Lets dissect this.
Burning the boat means you have cut off the only accessible way to go home (this is 15th century when transport over the ocean was boat) and there is nothing that nobody wants to do than go back home.
Burning the boat means there is no shelter, meaning the safety that people had is gone.
Burning the boat means the creature comforts that one was used to are gone.
Burning the boat means you have to find a way to survive or die
but above all,
Burning the Boat means WE ARE GOING TO SURVIVE or WE ARE GOING TO SURVIVE there are no two choices about it.
If there are lions in the jungle, we have to conquer them,
if there are no roads in the jungle, we have to make them,
whatever the jungle is going to throw at us,
we are going to come out as conquerors.
After coming out as conquerors, we will find the resources to build a new boat and eventually leave. But we will leave victorious.
Sometimes, whatever ventures we get into, we need to burn the boat, full commitment without looking back and go full speed ahead because there is no way back.