• “Leaders always choose the harder right rather than the easier wrong.” – Orrin Woodarda NY Times bestselling author of LeaderShift, Launching a Leadership Revolution, and numerous other books on leadership and liberty.

    Do You Have a Name? 

    In the movie Gladiator, there is a scene where the Emperor wants to know who the Gladiator is. While he is somewhat reluctant, he finally tells who he is. Not only does he tells the Emperor who he is, he tells him his legacy, who he belongs to, and what is his going to do.

    I believe we must have this type of attitude to be successful. We must know who we are, the legacy that we carry, who we belong to, and most of all what we are going to do. Obviously, while life is not always this simple, it is something we can put effort into.

    Here is the link for the movie clip:


    Here is the transcript:

    Commodus: Rise. Rise.
    Commodus: Your fame is well deserved, Spaniard. I don’t think there’s ever been a gladiator to match you. As for this young man, he insists you are Hector reborn. Or was it Hercules? Why doesn’t the hero reveal himself and tell us all your real name? You do have a name?
    Maximus: My name is Gladiator.
    Commodus: How dare you show your back to me! Slave, you will remove your helmet and tell me your name.
    Maximus: My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius. Commander of the Armies
    of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.

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