Winston Churchill is long remembered as one of the greatest leaders in modern history and the saviour of democracy.
He was tasked with the daunting task of leading Britain and the Allied powers to victory against the Nazis during the Second World War. His wisdom, upright character and persistence led Britain from the brink of defeat to victory in the most brutal war of the 20th century.
Winston Churchill was born to an aristocratic family in 1874 and served in the British military. He would go on to become a prolific writer before entering into politics. Churchill became British Prime Minister in 1940 during the height of the Second World War.
He demonstrated great persistence
His long political career is also remembered for its persistence. It took Churchill a staggering 40 years to finally become Prime Minister. But when he finally took the helm, he became arguably the greatest leader of the 20th century.
He was not only instrumental in working with the United States and Russia to defeat the Axis powers, he helped establish the post-war peace that would lead the western world through one of its greatest periods of prosperity.
He was elected again
Churchill’s leadership style would prove so powerful that he would be elected Prime Minister again in 1951.
Among Churchill’s greatest strengths was his power of oratory, which helped him connect with an entire nation. His life was filled with memorable quotes that leaders to this day use for inspiration.
Phrases like, “We will never surrender,” “The Iron Curtain” and “This was their finest hour” have withstood the test of time. Among his many honours include a Nobel Prize for Literature and being the first person to become an honorary US citizen.
He used his weakness as a strength
Churchill’s inspirational leadership style is especially notable when you consider his bitter struggle with depression – the so-called “black dog” of his existence.
In fact, historians attribute many of Churchill’s successes to his ability to use his manic depression and bipolar personality to his advantage. These are just some of the reasons that make Winston Churchill truly special.
The following Churchill quote still serves as a powerful motivational nudge to stick with your convictions even when the going gets tough:
“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
Now you know why they called Winston Churchill “The Bulldog.”
It’s how you respond which counts
Mental Resilience is all about bouncing back and never giving in. We all go through incredible difficulties in our lives and it’s how we respond which makes all the difference.
Two people experiencing the same negative situation will respond differently resulting in a different outcome. Those who respond to the challenge with a fighting attitude will more often than not see a better outcome.
What would have happened if Churchill had given up? It would have been a very different outcome. He demonstrated amazing resilience to keep going against all the odds. His inspirational leadership gave confidence to those under him leading to victory.
A busy week ahead
This week is a busy week with a speaking engagement in Oxford on Monday booked by Champions Speaking Agency. Then two online 1-hour Masterclasses to Pilkington Glass NSG Group on Wednesday followed by two online Masterclasses to Pilkington Glass NSG Group conference on Thursday as well as two online Masterclasses to a German Company booked by A-Speakers a global speaking agency based in Denmark.
So things are picking up and it’s exciting times ahead.
Thoughts for the week
- What is your level of persistence?
- Do you give up easily or do you push through?
- Persistence is one of the keys to success so this week work on this and see if you can go back to something you have given up on.
- Colonel Sanders founder of KFC went to 1,009 restaurants before he got his first yes, and the rest is history.
- How close could you be from victory so don’t give up and keep going.
Well that’s it for this week have a wonderful weekend and stay persistent.