Today, we’re going to cover the seventh lesson I learned from the book Starship Troopers. This is the seventh lesson in the mini-series. If you haven’t read the previous post yet, please do so right now and try to follow it in order.
Lesson # 7: There is always an opportunity to do something great, even when everything is stacked against you.
Quote: “It’s a lot easier to die than it is to use your head.”
My Take: My whole explanation of this quote, and the lesson I got from it, will probably be different than yours. I don’t take the word “die” literally in this quote. My analysis is that it’s much easier to follow along with the norm and do what everyone else does, than it is to think outside the box and think for yourself.
I believe that the best military leaders (at least the ones I’ve served with anyway) were people who were individual thinkers. When times got tough, they relied on their instincts, their intuition and their experience to guide them, rather than just following along with what doctrine says.
I’ve always admired leaders who could “turn shit into ice cream.” Pardon my french and bad language, but that’s what I get from this message. If you want to be a good leader, you have to be able to see the good in every situation. Even better, you have to see the OPPORTUNITY in every situation. The truth is, there is ALWAYS an opportunity to do something great, even when everything is stacked against you.
So when times get tough, when you get put in a situation (in combat or peacetime) that challenges you, look for the opportunity in the situation. What can you learn from it? How can it make you better? How can you turn the bad situation into something good?
What are your thoughts? Leave a comment and let me know.