Burn Your Ships

From about the 8th century to well into the 11th century the Vikings raided much of Europe, Asia, the Mediterranean and even Northern Africa.

They would set sail from their Scandinavian homelands and arrive at the shores of their “enemies” ready to do battle.

Once on terra firma the men would proceed to burn their own ships to the ground and march on their targets.

The crackling and smoke served as a reminder to the Vikings that the only way home was through victory.

The men were committed.

Few opponents stood a chance. Many fled even before the Vikings arrived.

Aside from the bloodshed, the Vikings primarily plundered for profit yet nearly 1000 years later one key lesson continues to ring true.

The one most committed eventually wins.

The salesman that commits his days and consistently keeps his activities high wins.

The inventor that stubbornly reiterates yet one more version of his widget wins.

The entrepreneur that remains focused, keeps learning and pours her soul into her purpose wins.

In 1968 Dr. Spencer Silver spent his days and nights in a laboratory attempting to develop a super strong adhesive. Instead he accidentally invented a “low tack”, reusable adhesive formula.

Convinced he was onto something he spent the next 5 years grinding it out to prove this formulas worth.

Dr. Silver willed into being what we know today as the “Post-it” note. When he first invented the formula he bet his reputation and some of his best years all while being widely criticized for promoting a “solution without a problem”.

Just a few weeks ago I caught an episode of Shark Tank where a would be entrepreneur wasn’t ready to fully commit to his idea yet he was seeking investment AND the safe harbor of his existing job.

Mark Cuban called him a “wantrepreneur”.

Reality TV aside, everyone has real life situations to contend with… diapers and mortgages don’t pay for themselves.

But if we're honest with ourselves we all know deep down inside what a real commitment (unique to you) looks like and unless we zero in on it "it" wont happen.

Burn your ships. Make it your only way.

Marcin Drozdz

Marcin has been instrumental in building several businesses including commercial & multi family real estate investment partnerships, a consulting practice and a smart home security business serving customers nationwide. Marcin has secured over $100MM in growth capital for various businesses and has collectively spoken in front of thousands of entrepreneurs, business owners, investors and those just starting to explore living life on their own terms. Outside the office Marcin can be found at the gym lifting heavy things or on the road zipping along on an extended bicycle ride.


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