Lessons from an old Bulldog
“Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat”
That’s what Winston Churchill told those who joined his new government that he had to offer. At that time the British Empire faced what appeared to be an imminent invasion by German’s Third Reich. In his first speech as Prime Minister before the house of Command on 13 May 1940, he added, “You ask what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory. Victory at all costs. Victory in spite of all terror. Victory however long and hard the road may be. For without victory there is no survival.”
While we presently do not face an imminent invasion of our mainland, we do face the perils of uncertain and tumultuous times. Yet we’ve faced them before and prevailed. Churchill knew this. In fact, he had the strange knack of being able to share the direst news while simultaneously building the confidence, courage, and resolve of his listeners.
What do your words inspire? Can you share the harsh facts of what is happening in the world at large or our industry while inspiring your audience to dig in harder and resolve to fight?
“This is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
Like each of us, Sir Winston Churchill had his share of shortcomings. But also like you, he had his heroic moments. Perhaps more than average. Nonetheless, our minds and souls are nourished by his words, his resolve, and outright stubbornness in the face of what appeared to be insurmountable odds.
Perhaps an old bulldog can teach us a few tricks. In times such as these stubbornness and resolve are not only admirable but indispensable.