I hope you all had a safe and happy New Year’s Eve. Welcome to 2017!
Focus this year on happiness. Resolve to put yourself in places of joy, happiness, love and passion.
Have a MAGNIFICENT 2017!
BURN THE BOATS –
In 1519 Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés landed in what is now mexico with 600 men on 11 boats. The Spanish and were about to embark on a conquest of an empire that hoarded some of the world’s greatest treasure, The Aztecs. With only 600 men — none of whom had encumbered themselves with protective armor – conquering an empire so extensive in its territories could only be undertaken by a man with a death wish.
Instead of charging through cities and forcing his men into immediate battle, Hernán Cortés stayed on the beach and awoke the souls of his men with melodious cadences – in the form of emblazoned speeches.
His speeches were designed to urge on the spirit of adventure and invoke the thirst of lifetimes of fortune among his troops. His orations bore fruit.
On this day it would only just take 3 words which Cortés’ murmured, that would change the history of the New World. As they marched inland to face their enemies, Cortés ordered, “Burn the boats.”
It was a decision that should have backfired. For if Cortés and his men were on the brink of defeat, there wasn’t an exit strategy in place to save their lives. Remarkably though, the command to burn the boats had an opposite effect on his men because now, they were left with only 2 choices — die, or ensure victory.
We know today, how Cortés’ decision to burn his boats panned out. Hernán Cortés became the first man in 600 years to successfully conquer Mexico.