Admiral Jim Stockdale was a prisoner of war for eight years during Vietnam, an experience he and his wife chronicled in the book In Love and War. After reading the book, Jim asked Admiral Stockdale about how he got through the experience. Admiral Stockdale said, “I never wavered in my faith, not only that I would get out, but that I would turn those years in the camp into the defining event of my life, that in retrospect I would not trade.”
Years later in his research, Jim noted that the Good to Great leaders had the same unwavering faith and the ability to confront the brutal facts of reality.
In this conversation, Jim challenges you to ask yourself:
How can you engage with those around you and embrace the idea that you can prevail?
What are the brutal facts you must confront head on about the current reality?