In 1519, Hernan Cortes landed at Vera Cruz on the Mexican Gulf. He was the commander of a party of Spanish conquistadors. He had 600 men, 17 horses, 13 muskets and 10 artillery pieces. He boldly set out to conquer the mighty Aztec empire.
The Aztec army outnumbered the Spaniards 1,000 to one. It could have annihilated the invaders. It could have cut off their escape. It could have isolated and starved the enemy to surrender.
But the Aztec emperor Montezuma convinced himself that Henan Cortes was the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl.
Because the Spaniards had arrived in waterborne houses with white wings, they have magic fire that burst from tubes to kill at a distance, and their leaders ride on strange beasts.
And Aztec legend has it that the party of the god Quetzalcoatl would come to break up the Aztec empire.
The Aztec army waited in the hills. The signal to attack was never called. Believing himself doomed, believing resistance would be futile, and believing the enemy could not be defeated the emperor Montezuma submitted.
The Spaniards put the Aztec emperor in chains, they burned their captives alive, they smashed the alters of the Aztec gods, they exacted an immense tribute in gold and jewels and they ruled the Aztecs for the next 300 years.
Today, 484 years later, many of us are still shackled by our limiting beliefs.
We tell ourselves that we could not succeed, that we could not attend club meetings, and that we could not do our project speeches.
Today we break the chains that bind our wings.
Call your vice president education.
Book a slot to do your next project speech.
Do it now.