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“Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.”

on April 6, 2012

George S. Patton.

Patton was a pretty crazy guy, but one of my favorite leaders in history.  He didn’t have much regard for authority, he was extremely confident in himself, and he was certainly quirky (did you know he believed in reincarnation and that in his past life he was Hannibal and fought along side Napoleon?).  Hitler himself called Patton the “crazy cowboy general”.  But the most inspiring thing about Patton was his willingness to take on a challenge.

When things get tough, it is easy to run away.  You can always backpedal and take the path of least resistance.  But taking the open road is not always a good way to win the war.  Sometimes it’s a trap, and sometimes it’s a hell of a lot more fun to knock through a huge wall and fight the battle on the other side.  When you win those battles, the victory is sweet.  Don’t be afraid to fight the good fight sometimes.  Challenges are what make us stronger.  They give us stories to tell so that we might be interesting people leading fulfilling lives.  When confronted with a challenge, embrace it knowing that the victory will be exhilarating.

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