About 900 men survived the initial explosions and fire, but it took five horrible days for all the survivors to be picked up. Some men gathered in teams and, through and sacrifice, fought to keep each other alive. Without food or water, only 317 men lived.
Imagine yourself floating in the middle of the ocean. What assets do you have? Let’s take inventory:
- How’s your mind? You’ve stored information on survival situations, shipwreck stories, and your ability to swim and protect yourself from the weather. You have decision-making and problem-solving skills, the ability to decide whether to swim or float.
- Check your grit. You’d need toughness, determination and emotional control.
- Fit as a fiddle? Or bloated and out of shape?
- What’s your level of hope? Do you have family and friends who would search for you?
- What do you have to live for? Have you seen and done it all? Is your mission in life complete? If so, letting go won’t be so hard.
— Adapted from Operation Excellence: Succeeding in Business and Life the U.S. Military Way, Mark Bender, Amacom.