Thursday, 20 December 2012

“Never in the Field of Human Conflict was so much owed by so many to so few . . .”

The man that spoke these words, in my opinion, was the most inspirational leader the world has ever known. Sir Winston Churchill, wartime leader of Great Britain, and, at the time, the last bastion of hope against the evil that was the Nazi empire. As Churchill made this speech the battle of Britain raged on. The Luftwaffe sent wave after wave of planes in a seemingly endless attack on the British people. He was determined to bomb them into submission. But he never did? Why? He clearly had numerical supremacy, and, arguably, superior technology. He couldn't win because Winston Churchill inspired a few men to do great things. The R.A.F performed a miracle over British skies in 1940. Outnumbered three to one, they persevered. In the end, the tide turned and the rest, as they say, is history.

Ok, ok, I know what you’re thinking. Everyone’s familiar with this story. We all studied World War II in school. But most of us have forgotten what this miracle in the skies over London taught us way back in 1940. Human will can be an amazing thing. When we set our minds to something, there’s very little we can’t achieve. Inspiration is all around us, just open your eyes.

I recently watched a video on YouTube presented by a playwright named Arje Shaw. He had gone through life, like most of us, doing the 9 to 5 thing. One day he woke up and decided it was time to go after his dream. He wanted to be a Broadway playwright. Through perseverance, and general stubbornness, he was able to complete his first play. It wasn't a runaway success, and it was an off-Broadway production, but he carried on. Eventually he got his break and he wrote and produced a play on Broadway. Sure it’s an inspiring story, but it’s not an uncommon journey right? Arje Shaw was forty-five when he started writing his first play! The point is, it’s never too late to go after your dream. Start today!