By Endurance We Conquer.
“By endurance we conquer.” Ernest Shackleton
For those of you that love history, you may know of Endurance – the three-masted barquentine in which Sir Ernest Shackleton sailed for the Antarctic on the 1914 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition.
The trans antarctic voyage ended in disaster with Ernest Shackleton and his men stranded in pack ice.
Shackleton named his ship after his family motto…
“By endurance we conquer”
Little did Shackleton realise that the name of his ship would become a motto which would sustain him through one of the most famous survival stories of our time.
Obviously this post is too short to cover such an epic.
I would just really encourage you do some reading on it.
Because stories like this speak volumes to our current circumstances.
The times in life when we become stranded and surrounded by impossible scenarios, often we can take encouragement from others that have gone before us.
These heroes teach us volumes about life.
They teach us that life is not a sprint, it’s a marathon.
This marathon requires courage and determination.
At times however it requires much more.
It requires an absolute indomitable will.
When others would surely quit, you are the one that will dig deep.
When the situations become seemingly impossible, you are relentless in developing a plan to overcome the situation.
Your mind is unlovable.
Your soul resolute.
This is the characteristic mindset of successful people.
As we have spoken about many times before together, the most successful people are not the smartest.
They are the ones with the immovable mindset.
Although an immovable mindset sounds easy enough, to sustain such a mindset requires epic levels of endurance.
The times in life when it feels like the picture above, this is where your character is out on display for all the world to see.
What will shine through?
What stories will make up your legacy?
The answers of those questions lie in your capacity for endurance.
This is mostly why many will live out mediocre lives.
They didn’t have the endurance.
So they never ended up conquering.
Don’t let this be you.
Take a leaf out of Shackleton’s book.
By endurance, you can conquer too.
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