In episode #7 of “Yates in Your Face” (#YIYF), Greg Yates challenges you to rethink your fallback plan. If your mission is important enough, you’ll have to go all-in. You can’t hedge your bets with “Plan B.” Holding on to past failure won’t work. Defending your past successes can weigh you down.

To genuinely succeed, you must be untethered. If you want moving forward with your mission watch Episode 7 of Yates in Your Face”, cut the anchor of your past, and burn your limiting beliefs.


And you thought I was crazy! In the year 1519, when Cortez and his army landed in Veracruz he gave the command to BURN THE BOATS. They abandoned any option for retreat.

NEWSFLASH – IF you EVER want to be the leader you were born to be, you must burn the boats. You cannot be the leader you were meant to be if you maintain the methods and the perspectives of the past. You MUST abandon them.

Some learn this in powerful and painful ways. Others never learn it at all. Sometimes pain is our only chance for severance from the past. You heard me. It is the only thing that makes us let go of the burning embers which we THOUGHT were our greatest possessions. I’m pretty sure that if you want to be set free…Something is going to burn. 

Burning the boats means burning the things which tie us to the past and which brought us this far. Holding on to the boats means we have to carry them across dry land or devote resources to guarding them at the port. The implication is that the past holds more for us and we want to maintain it, and THAT is not the path to the future. 

Leave behind your limiting beliefs. Burn your boats to the past. Embrace what could be, not what has been. You may love those beliefs or who you felt you were with them intact. They are a blazing flame of destruction. They are holding you back from the glory you were intended to experience.

Stop retreating to the safe places your mama made so easy for you…

It’s time to get serious about your leadership. 

It’s time to Burn the boats. 


About Greg

Greg Yates has been a Chicago area businessman for over 30 years. He’s the author of the book, "Broken - How Being Broken Unlocked The Greatest Success of My Life". He has simultaneously owned 14 different businesses in a variety of industries; including real estate, manufacturing, payroll, and technology. Greg has also been an investor and a board member. He attended Olivet Nazarene University. He has a passion for flying. He’s had a pilot’s license for over 30 years and owned a variety of airplanes. Greg and his wife Vicki have been married over 37 years. They have a son, a daughter and seven grandchildren.

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