“5 Things” I learnt from Winston Churchill’s Autobiography.
Reading about Winston Churchill’s early life was one of the interesting and fascinating things that I have done this month.
I personally even believe I have quite some resemblance with Churchill and even some other traits I would also would personally want to adopt, and this is what I would also share with you too.
The traits I share as motivation, were culled from his early life, his military ambition and quest for active service, and more fascinating of all is his escape as a prisoner of war, that acted as a catalyst to his political ambitions.
1. He was passionate about Work.
One of the very interesting things I discovered about Churchill was that, he was always ready for active work, in-fact he was always excited at any chance for war. Personally, I thought he was just a blood thirsty freak (because of how he expressed his experiences in extreme excitement), but with evaluation, I understood that was something that made him thrive during his years of active military service.
Loving what you do and always being ready is one critical thing I have observed from Churchill and will personally want to adopt — Passion for active work.
2. He put all instincts towards survival.
This is one thing I wouldn’t want us to walk around with consciously — Like you walking down the street and the only thing you are thinking is survival.
Although, where I do believe this instinct is necessary is when we are in a tight spot, just as Winston was, when he was captured by the Boers as a prisoner of war, escaped and found himself in a town where mode for verbal communication was near impossible.
We as people are generally driven, sometimes not to go down without a fight, but many a times we give up too soon, but what do you do when you escape as a prisoner of war, or what do you do when all tides are placed against you in your relationship, your work, and even your life as a whole — You put all instincts towards survival!
“But when hope had departed — fear had gone as well…. I formed a plan! — Winston Churchill.
3. He wasn’t clouded by circumstances
According to Winston’s account, he wasn’t the only POW that resolved to escape, but it seemed he was the only one who was either lucky enough or bold enough to do so. But being the only one was logically sure to come with some grave consequences, but no of those mattered, even as he put it in his own account
“Every bridge had its watchers. But I passed them all, taking scarcely any precaution” — Winston Churchill
He resolved to take an extreme leap, even when he understood that the odds were really against his favor.
Generally that sounds like madness and suicide, but as insane as it sound: Taking too much precautions, of the very fear of failure inevitably brings failure.
I do not mean to say we all shouldn’t try to minimize risks (at least to some extent, and not running like a wild animal jumping and into every river without understanding how deep it really is).
4. He was disciplined enough to stay motivated
Getting motivated seems quite easy, even I myself but what seems to be as issue for myself and even for others (I suppose) is staying motivated.
Churchill, even after successfully escaping from the Boers, didn’t loose his focus and vision due to all the attention he received as a war hero.
And this involves a lot of self-discipline as even I myself do not trust myself on this issue, but I really believe this is one part that shouldn't be ignored.
5. He believed there was Life larger than his
One of the most fascinating things, if not the most fascinating — He admitted that his success was not due to his plan and actions but in his own words
“To some effect a high power which interferes in the eternal sequence of causes, and effects more often than we are always prone to admit ”— Winston Churchill
I don’t really understand how to perfectly explain this to every reader, but I do understand that to some effect, we should understand that we owe all our successes not to our clever plans and actions, but to that external force that we can’t control but can very much influence.
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