Burn the Ships!

“Burn the Ships” is an album by musical artists For King & Country. The title cut is based on a moving story about one member’s wife and a struggle she dealt with. It’s a powerful song. I just listened to it again and in the comments below the song on Youtube, I read about how the song saved the life of a person who was about to commit suicide. Just before carrying out their plan, this song came on and they’re alive to tell the story. Wow!

The idea of burning the ships comes from the 1500s and an explorer who knew his men would be tempted to board the ships and return to the comforts of home rather than move forward with the mission. So, he burned the ships … no way back! Now the expression means the same thing. It means to move forward and don’t look back.

A couple of years ago I became a certified speaker, trainer, and coach with the John Maxwell Team. The then-president of the John Maxwell Team, Paul Martinelli, says “jump, and build your wings on the way down.” What a concept. Similar idea to burning the ships.

After years of “preparing” and talking about working full-time on a Leadership Coaching and Consulting business, I’ve jumped, I’ve burned the ships. On September 15, 2021 I incorporated “Engager Dynamics LLC.” My last day with PRIDE Industries was Friday, January 21, 2022. ” And today is my first day working full time in the business. I hired a consultant to help me with online marketing and here we go!

The business is about what I’ve been writing on in this blog for the past 3 years — I help leaders leverage 5-Star performance by engaging their people — I want to help leaders learn the importance of and how to engage their people as the single most powerful way to improve all their performance metrics.

I’d love it if you’d go to my LinkedIn profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/jim-thomason/ , find this post and react to it (not just “like”), and do the same at my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/engagerdynamics. Thank you!!

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