'Courage is rightly considered the foremost of the virtues, for upon it all others depend.' (Winston Churchill)

 

In November,1941, in the darkest days of World War II, Winston Churchill's cabinet members were urging

him to 'make peace' with Hitler. Churchill absolutely refused to consider the idea.

 

He gave his famous speech which ended with those stirring words, 'We will never surrender.'

 

When asked privately why it was he was so adamant about fighting on in the face of overwhelming odds,

he replied, 'Because I study history. And history tells you that if you hold on long enough, something always

happens.'

 

On December 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Two weeks later, Hitler declared war on the

United States bringing its great industrial power into the war on the side of England, and changing the

course of history.

 

The key to dealing with a crisis effectively is to decide, in advance, that you will not become angry or upset.

 

You will stay calm, and once committed to a course of action, hold on, persevere and push forward with the

same vigour and energy with which you began.

 

How the Best Leaders Lead, Brian Tracy