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Napoleon Bonaparte said it: “If You Start to Take Vienna, Take Vienna.” Strong people finish what they start. They don’t jump ship when the water gets rough. They believe things like, “when the going gets tough, the tough get going,” and, “sweat is pain leaving the body.” Winners are not quitters and cowards.

Napoleon also said, “Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have the strength.” Here was a man who accomplished great things, in spite of his height (5’2″), his looks, his background. He bounced back, believing in himself and his vision. He wasn’t perfect and he made some bad choices, like marrying the whore Josephine, but he didn’t quit and run when things got tough. He led his army – physically – into battles. Watch this great Napoleon PBS Documentary.

When you start a new business venture, you should have a clear vision of what you intend to accomplish. Focus, self discipline, hard work, and being prepared to learn from the right people are the hallmarks of courageous champions. The weak major in minors and look for excuses. Your Team Members and followers will emulate you, they will take your lead, and they will follow your example. Are you reliable, consistent, optimistic, and industrious? Then your people will be, too.

Who are your role models? Read “The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand and think about the example of her fictional character, Howard Roark. My role models include Ayn Rand, Churchill, General George Patton, Napoleon, and Ian Smith, (I was privileged to live in Rhodesia for a year – 1979). These heroes completed their tasks against all odds.

Anyone can start something – a relationship, a marriage, a business, a journey, a new venture. Only the champions are going stay for the duration.

“Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.” Ecclesiastes 7:8

Robin Elliott LeverageAdvantage.com

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