I have been having a little bit of what could be called a lack of motivation lately in getting around to finishing the construction of my second boat. It seems that having boat #1 sitting in the driveway all complete is more compelling than picking up tools and finishing what should be about a six-day job. So I decided to do something about it.
When Hernan Cortes reached the new world, he wanted to ensure that his men were well motivated, so he burned his ships. A thousand years earlier, Alexander The Great did the same thing before he conquered Persia. The men had two choices: die or fight. In both instances they stomped their opponent in spite of being well outnumbered.
While I did not set the thing on fire, I did pretty much prevent myself from using it anymore, and tonight have set about finishing unit #2. Because I cannot be without a boat again…ever.
I have put the first boat in the capable hands of my 13-year-old nephew, who I am sure will have very large adventures in a small boat!
Until the next one is complete, probably in weeks, but not days…at least I can’t go fishing in the old boat anymore.