“They had no right to win. Yet they did, and in doing so they changed the course of a war…even against the greatest of odds, there is something in the human spirit—a magic blend of skill, faith, and valor—that can lift men from certain defeat to incredible victory.”
— Inscription on World War II memorial in Washington D.C., commemorating the Battle of Midway, June 4-7, 1942, widely regard as the turning point in the Pacific war, which resulted in the sinking of 4 Japanese aircraft carriers.
As an entrepreneur, as the founder of a successful business now employing almost 500 Team Members after 35+ years of operation, I repeatedly have been accused of
– asking too much,
– expecting too much,
– demanding the impossible.
I am guilty as charged. And I will continue to do so, for it is only in pushing beyond our supposed limits that we find what we are truly capable of accomplishing.
“ ‘Come to the edge.’ ‘We can’t. We’re afraid.’ ‘Come to the edge.’ ‘We can’t. We will fall!’ ‘Come to the edge.’ And they came. And he pushed them. And they flew.” — Guillaume Apollinaire; 1880-1918, French poet, philosopher
“Midway showed what ‘must be’ need not be at all.” — “Incredible Victory,” by Walter Lord