A long while ago, a great warrior had to make a decision which ensured his success on the battle field. He was about to send his armies against a powerful foe, whose men outnumbered his own. He loaded his soldiers into boats, sailed to the enemy’s country, unloaded soldiers and equipment, then gave the order to burn the ships that had carried them.
Addressing his men before the first battle, he said, ‘You see the boats going up in smoke. That means that we cannot leave these shoes alive unless we win! We now have no choice – we win or we perish!’
Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to burn his ships and cut all sources of retreat. Only by doing so can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a burning desire to win, essential to success.
— from the book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill