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Feb 1, 2021 - Feature of the Week

Churchill - Victory At All Costs

Winston Churchill is one of the greatest leaders in world history. As Prime Minister of Great Britain, it was his will, his strength, his vision that saved his country and assisted greatly in the Allied victory over the Axis powers in World War II.

Churchill was a clear thinker. He understood the serious and irrefutable importance of victory. He was not one of those “everybody gets a trophy” kind of guy. Just the reverse, in fact, as his following quote reveals:

Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.

Without victory, there is no survival. Without victory, there is no survival.

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Everybody wins in spite of losing. Right? Wrong. This was not Churchill’s mindset. Thank God! If it were, the world’s population would be living in an enslaved condition, meaningless peons to their diabolical tyrannical overlords.

Let’s be clear. Churchill was not concerned with polite competition. He was referencing the worst of the worst. After all, Hitler and the Third Reich were trying to bomb Great Britain into oblivion. They failed because Churchill and the Brits understood the simple reality that “Victory at all costs” was the only solution.

For many of us, “Victory at all costs” is also the only solution if we’re plagued with problems in need of a positive solution. Addictions to alcohol or drugs, for example, will not lead to one’s survival but to one’s demise. In life there are any number of conflicts each of us is plagued with on a daily basis—physically, emotionally, psychologically, financially, etc. Such conflicts need to be addressed. They need to be attacked. They need to be engaged. They need to be defeated … at all costs, because if they’re not then one’s survival is indeed questionable.