As you may know, I’ve been on almost a full-time effort to write non-fiction books of my own and produce them for clients through my ProduceMyBook.com website. For the first time researching a topic on-site for an upcoming book, I took a trip to the eastern part of the U.S. to visit six Civil War battle fields. My 19 year-old son accompanied me on the trip and served as my personal tour guide.
As I learned more of the “deep dive” information about the battles that the books and movies fall short of revealing, the reality hit me just how many tips and difficult lessons we can learn about running our businesses from the events people experienced in the Civil War.
The first principle I learned of was the importance of extreme sacrifice of self to preserve many. This concept was an ever present common denominator at every battle location.
For example, in this picture, you’re looking at a field where 1,200 brave Union soldiers held off the advance of 6,000 Confederate soldiers at the 2nd battle of Manassas (otherwise known as 2nd battle of Bull Run). The purpose of this specific point of the battle was to stall the Confederate advance long enough so that Northern troops could be repositioned from all positions about a mile in back of the front lines. This newly fortified defensive position would enable the North to to retreat in defeat.
Could you imagine being one of the 1,200 men being told, “Yo, dude, we need you at the front. Your purpose is not to win, and most of you will certainly die ugly deaths, but you are to slow the overwhelming enemy so the rest of us back here can escape in retreat.”
That is total unselfish and committed sacrifice in every sense of the word.
What are you willing to sacrifice, I mean TRULY sacrifice, risk and show total 110% commitment for, so that your business can successfully start or expand? Something to think about.