“Certainty of death, small chance of success. What are we waiting for?”
That’s a quote from Gimli, son of Gloin, in the Lord of the Rings: Return of the King movie. It’s near the end of the story and it’s at a point where the good guys have done just about everything they can to beat the bad guys. For those who have not seen the movie or read the books, SPOILER ALERT.
The final outcome is in the hands of the two Hobbits, Frodo and Sam. They must destroy the One Ring by dropping it into the lava pit of Mount Doom which just happens to be deep inside enemy territory. In a last ditch effort to ensure Frodo and Sam have every chance of succeeding, the Fellowship and their assorted allies are going to attack Sauron’s forces in a no-hope, no-win attempt to distract the forces of evil. There’s the certainty of death because Sauron’s side outnumbers them by a large margin. If they can distract them long enough, though, then Frodo has a small chance of success. So…what are they waiting for?
What an attitude to approach a project with! Perhaps, ‘death’ is too strong a word so we may want to change this to ‘Certainty of failure, small chance of success. What are we waiting for?’ Don’t let the possibility or even certainty of failure stand in the way of success. Go for it. Staying in the same place guarantees that the venture doesn’t work. Moving forward gives you that small chance.
Aside: throughout the trilogy of movies, Gimli has some great one-liners. Another favourite of mine is “I’m wasted on cross-country! We Dwarves are natural sprinters, very dangerous over short distances.”