Each time I face a gargantuan task with so much uncertainties, I remember what the great Achilles once said. One of the reasons I love epic movies is that they teach me incredible lessons. In the movie Troy, which is based on the Greek Mythical character of Achilles played by Brad Pitt, it kicked off with a decision by two armies to unveil their best fighter for a duel to settle the war.
The opposition army facing them summoned their best competitor who turns out to be a giant of almost 7 feet tall. As a matter of truth, his sight sends shivers to men. Then Achilles is called out but disappointingly, he is no where to be found. At once, a messenger boy rode out to find him. Once found, the boy tells Achilles of the size of this man indirectly stating that his opponent is a Goliath. He said, “The Thesselonian you’re fighting… he’s the biggest man I’ve ever seen. I wouldn’t want to fight him.”
Achilles response got me thinking. He replied, “That’s why no-one will remember your name.” I’ve only seen this movie once, but I’ve never forgotten these words. And each time I remember it, it inspires me to face my fears. However, too many times we prefer to take the easy way out of every situation, we prefer to avoid risks and not take chances at our goals. We literally tiptoe our way through life, hoping to make it safely to death.
The point is that we are all faced with things that we’d rather not do each day like marketing our services, giving a speech to a large audience, applying for that job, launching an idea or completing a project. So we settle with the status quo or remain in our comfort zone. But as Achilles said, “no one will remember your name,” hence, you cannot leave an indelible mark on history with such an attitude.
Les Brown paraphrases it this way, “if you do what is easy your life will be hard but if you do what is hard, your life will be easy.” So don’t be a coward and face your fears. Shakespeare says, “Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.”
Interestingly, Achilles defeated his opponent with his skill. Now you may not necessarily succeed at your own goal at first try but even in your failed attempt, you are still far better than those who are too scared to try.
One of the greatest military geniuses of all time once said, “there’s nothing impossible to him who will try.”