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Shackleton on "Difficulties."

On his 1908 - 1909 Nimrod expedition, Shackleton wrote in his diary, "Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all." In other words, he was talking to himself.


For us, it's an interesting example of how someone as intrepid, and relentlessly focused on success, as Shackleton talks to himself. At the time, he and three companions were making the first ever attempt to reach the South Pole. It was already obvious the goal was beyond their reach but, they kept going.


Typical of Shackleton, he didn't command the others to keep going, he solicited their opinions and their agreement to cut back on their meals so they could make their food supply go farther.


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