Winston Churchill is universally regarded as the greatest Prime Minister of Great Britain, with Margaret Thatcher in the second position. Those two Prime Ministers were significant players in defining the 20th century for the better, separated by just roughly 40 years. Simply incredible.
And while Mr. Churchill was a passionate and determined leader — who played a direct role in the Allied Forces success during World War II — his talents while off-the-clock included painting and writing literature. Perhaps he was an unanticipated Renaissance Man of his time, but he was one by definition and his wide-ranging talent.
As a matter of fact, Mr. Churchill won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953.
As a matter of more fact, Mr. Churchill’s legacy as Great Britain’s necessary Prime Minister in the darkest hour of its existence — 1940-1945 and later in peacetime from 1950-1955 — was cemented, in part, because of his inspirational words regarding not only the hellish nature of war but also the aspirational nature of life itself.
It’s always a good time to revisit such an enduring giant of world history. Today, this flashback is a reminder of his words on a variety of worthy subjects that are inspirational in the very least and life-altering at best.
Winston Churchill certainly succeeded in historic fashion with a lasting consequence felt today, but it’s also known that he had his fair share of consequential failure (#4). And I cannot think of a better quote by Mr. Churchill that better defines Mr. Churchill, whether he was being admired in the brightest spotlight by the public while facing down the darkest evils of the world in the 1940s or whether he was merely sitting in a chair in the corner of some room pondering his next thought.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.”
On May 10, 1940 — nearly eight decades ago — Winston Churchill became the Prime Minister of Great Britain by succeeding Neville Chamberlain. The world was never the same and we all look back with reverence for the hard work and vision of Prime Minister Churchill and his work alongside the Allies to heroically win World War II.
Gary Oldman brilliantly portrayed Winston Churchill in the film ‘Darkest Hour.’ It was a great movie. But there is still nothing better than the real deal himself. And with that introduction, here is a short video with footage from 1940 of Winston Churchill and his then new war cabinet.
Winston Churchill is an excellent example of the right person serving in the right position at the right time. And we are eternally grateful for Winston Churchill, whose tenure as Prime Minister of Great Britain cemented his prime spot in history.
“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.”
Inspiration comes from many places, often from locations invisible to the naked eye. That’s the reality of the surreal, wonderland-like adventure of a wandering mind. The only thing we can do is exercise that muscle when it flexes.
On that randomly symphonic note, below is “We Shall Fight” from the soundtrack of ‘Darkest Hour,’ which is a film about Winston Churchill’s defining moment of world history-altering leadership during World War II.
Have patience that the crescendo is coming during the time in the film when Mr. Churchill’s warrior-like speech is needed to raise up an entire nation during its–pardon me for being so obvious–darkest hour.
It’s only Monday, but we too must persevere through our varying struggles set for this week.
(If only with the same kind of liquid diet as Winston Churchill).
Have a Better Week Than Last Week.
Need inspiration this Monday?
Whether you are dealing with tight deadlines in the office or getting kids ready for school, we can all use some motivation to get us going. Instead of attempting to cater to each person’s individual circumstance, it seems like a better approach to spotlight someone who appeals to a larger audience. And in the case of today’s post, the featured speaker received quite the revival this past year with starring and supporting roles via two highly-acclaimed movies (Dunkirk and Darkest Hour) and a highly-acclaimed show on Netflix (The Crown).
Now go be the master of your fate.
Have a Better Week Than Last Week.