“It’s dark here to write, but I’ll try to write by touch. It seems like there are no chances, 10–20%”

A sailor trapped on board the sunken Russian submarine Kursk wrote those words and they were found after the submarine was raised.

Kursk, Challenger, the Last Tsar, Pearl Harbor and other catastrophes with quotes from each are in the slideshow below. They are part of Shit Doesn’t Just Happen II: The Gift of Failure. The gift is that harsh lessons, what I call blood lessons, were learned by the sacrifice of this sailor and thousands of others.

Shit Doesn’t Just Happen II: The Gift of Failure from Cool Gus Publishing

My Shit Doesn’t Just Happen books complement my Survival Guide in that we learn through experience.

As disasters seem to be occurring more frequently, we need to study what happened in the past in order to prevent and deal with future catastrophes.

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Originally published at writeitforward.com on October 21, 2016.

West Point grad; Special Ops Vet; NY Times bestseller of over 80 books; for free books and over 200 free downloadable slideshows go to www.bobmayer.com

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