“The Spartans, a warrior society in ancient Greece, were feared and revered for their strength, courage and endurance.  The power of the Spartan army did not come from the sharpness of their spears, however; it came from the strength of their shields.  Losing one’s shield in battle was considered the single greatest crime a Spartan could commit.  “Spartans excuse without penalty the warrior who loses his helmet or breastplate in battle,” writes Steven Pressfield in his account of the Battle of Thermopylae, “but punish the loss of all citizenship rights the man who discards his shield.”  And the reason was simple.  “A warrior carries helmet and breastplate for his own protection, but his shield for the safety of the whole line.”

– Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last

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