Queme los barcos," or "Burn the Boats, because defeat is not an option".
Hernando Cortes was a conquistador and explorer who sailed to the New World in attempt to find treasure. Many great leaders had failed before Hernando came along. Hernando trained his soldiers during the day and built their morale at night.
When the time came for fighting and accomplishing their goal, Hernando told his men to burn their boats. He went on to emphasize that defeat and retreat were not options. He reassured his men and challenged them to be victorious. Following their victory he reasoned, they would sail back in the enemy's boats.
Recently the University of Michigan's basketball team surprised many by beating Minnesota on their home floor. This victory was necessary in order to enter the big dance at the end of the season. Coach Beilein challenged the team by talking about burning the boats, because defeat was not an option.
This quote was mentioned in an article by CJ Lee, senior guard, in an article entitled Court Vision with C.J. Lee: Live Life without Regrets.
From a mental fitness perspective, C.J. Lee understands what it takes to be victorious. It takes a total commitment to your goal and the belief that failure and defeat are not options.
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