To succeed as a speaker on cruise ships you need to have commitment and perseverance. As you learn the craft, you need to be dedicated to your goal. It’s hard work and sometimes you’ll feel like throwing in the towel. Free cruises are earned. Hours preparing. Writing your talks. Standing in front of a mirror and your spouse practicing. Watching your video to see how to improve. Stopping your annoying “uh’s.” Stopping scratching your ears and looking up. Hard work, my friends. If you need inspiration with commitment and perseverance, write down the name Hiroo Onoda. Post-it on your bathroom mirror.
Onoda just died – at 91, in Tokyo. So what? Why is he so important? Well, for 30 years after World War 2 he hid in the jungle and continue his WW2 mission in the Philippines. Really. In the jungle. He was assigned there to spy on the Americans from a small island 90 miles from Manila called Lubang. He never got the memo that Japan had surrendered. So he kept his post. Commited to his orders.
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Most Japanese soldiers were instructed to fight to the end. Not Onoda. Because of his important role, he was told to keep at it and survive to get intelligence information. He persevered. He stayed on alert until 1974, when he finally came out. Norio Suzuki, had been seeking Onoda and found him in the jungle of Lubang. He convinced him tht the war was indeed over. His former commander, Maj. Yoshimi Taniguchi, had to go to the Philippines to accept his battle sword.
He was 52 when he finally joined his fellow Japanese in Tokyo and was hailed as a hero upon his arrival. Hiroo Onoda died yesterday at 91. Commitment and Perseverance. Think about it.