The conquistador Hernan Cortés was faced with a problem while in Mexico. His men, nearly 500 strong, lacked total commitment to their mission of locating and conquering Tenochtitlán, the capital of the Aztec empire. After some time, Cortés finally identified the problem. The problem was the boats that laid within their harbor. These boats represented Cuba, their families and most importantly...a way out. Knowing the boats were always in the harbor, the soldiers would never fight with the vigor the mission required. So, Cortés was faced with no choice...he destroyed the boats. From there on, the conquistadors stood on "Death Ground", and was forced to fight and win like their lives depended on it.
Sometimes in life, we must do the same. We must burn the boats of safety and comfort in order to grow and develop as humans. Only when we realize that our backs are against the wall; that there are no boat home, can we really begin to fight for what we want.