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Patient Attraction Episode 339
Hey, it’s Colin Receveur, and those of you who have watched this podcast for any length of time know I am a big history buff, especially about World War II. But I came across a story the other day that was so amazing, I knew I had to pass it along. Stay tuned.
– You have probably heard about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis.
– If not, here is a summary:
– A Japanese submarine sank the Indianapolis in the Pacific Ocean.
– About 900 crewmen survived the sinking.
– But after four days in the water with man-eating sharks, only 317 ultimately survived.
– It is the stuff of legends, and I what I generally considered one of the worst animal attacks ever on people.
– But I found out there was actually a worse animal attack earlier in 1945.
– This attack goes down in the Guinness Book of World Records as the worst animal attack on humans.
– Here is the story:
– For two weeks in January and February 1945, Allied forces tried to dislodge Japanese forces from Ramree Island off the coast of Burma.
– The Allies finally got the upper hand and forced about 990 Japanese troops to seek refuge in about 10 miles of dense swamps.
– So for several days, those Japanese troops had to deal with clouds of mosquitos carrying diseases, snakes, scorpions and poisonous spiders.
– Oh yeah, and saltwater crocodiles!
– Thousands of man-eating, vicious crocodiles!
– I won’t go into the gruesome account of what happened to them, but suffice it to say that 990 Japanese troops tried to escape, and only 20 made it out alive.
– What does this teach dentists about web marketing?
– A couple of things:
- Know the landscape.
– How much competition do you have?
– What are you advantages and disadvantages?
– Where are your opportunities and where are your pitfalls?
– Either the Japanese troops didn’t know about the crocodiles or they made a bad decision to take their chances in the swamp.
– In retrospect, they’d have been better to stand their ground and take their chances with the British.
- It can always be worse.
– I’m sure those troops thought being shot at and shelled by the Allies was bad.
– And it was bad.
– But it wasn’t as bad as it could get.
– Whatever you’re going through, whatever your financial strain or professional disappointment or unrealized goals, things are not as bad as they could be.
- There’s always more to learn.
– This isn’t a lesson from the Japanese, but from me.
– I thought I knew quite a bit about WWII, but this story was new to me.
– Just goes to show that no matter how much you know about something, you can always learn more.
– Thanks for watching, and keep moving forward.