Following, you will find a post written in 1899 by Elbert Hubbard. It speaks to the importance of self-motivation and ingenuity as differentiators. United States Marine Corps recruits find this provided to them at depots in San Diego or Parris Island upon arriving for basic training. Like everything else that Marines do, a purpose for this exists and its meaning transcends generations.
My exposure to the “Message” occurred in 2004 while working at Camp Pendleton. Its simplicity and enduring message on basic leadership principles floored me. Consequently, it’s now provided to every Team engaged with as its message of devotion, duty and common sense helps others understand what I hope to instill.
Any organization seeking enduring transformation needs resilient leaders at all levels that think strategically and execute against organizational objectives. If your organization struggles with this, please read. You may find 19th century wisdom relevant today.