Burn your Ships!



** (Sorry for any sound quality issues, still working through learning the mic)


If you are a history buff, you may know the story of Cortés and the burning of his ships. In the year 1519, Hernán Cortés arrived in the New World with six hundred men and, upon arrival, made history by destroying his ships. This sent a clear message to his men: There is no turning back.

Two years later he succeeded in his conquest of the Aztec empire. 

As I read this piece of history, I thought what could we learn from this lesson and so I’ve come up with a few questions for you in today’s Q&Q.


The quote associated with this story goes something like this:

“If you want to take the island, burn your “ships,” commit!”

Here are three questions to inspire, encourage, and lift you up this week.

Q1 – Great leaders recognize there may be difficult situations or territories which they need to expose their teams to. Yet, before doing so, you may (individually or as a team) need to let go of something. It could be comfort, stability, or even fear. That leads me to the question: What are those “ships” in your life?

Q2What are the “islands” in your life? What are you trying to discover, achieve, and overcome that needs your attention today?

Q3 – Perhaps you have already burned a ship or taken an island, if so, what advice would you give the rest of us that we can learn from?

I welcome you to post your comments to inspire, encourage, and lift one another up! 

Have an amazing week!