Some Really Bad Advice I Hope You Don’t Follow

Jake Wilder
4 min readOct 14, 2022

Great Leaders Don’t Burn Their Ships

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When Hernan Cortez landed his fleet in Veracruz to begin his conquest of the Aztec Empire, he told his crew to burn his ships. One officer made the mistake of questioning the order and was immediately killed. As the story goes, the rest of his army sat on the beach, drinking rum, while they watched their fleet burn down in the harbor. Cortez’s…

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