« on: July 06, 2005, 09:57:04 PM »
This post is for all those out there who have fallen victim to self doubt, discouragement, and simply being overwhelmed with wanting to get into Harvard, Yale, NYU, Columbia, and any other law school for that matter (like myself).
General McClellan, in command of the Union Army in April of 1862, had an opportune moment to deal final defeat to the Confederates and General Robert E. Lee. During this time, General McClellan had the perfect chance to invade Richmond (the capital of the Confederacy) and ultimately defeat the Confederates once and for all. This opportunity presented a real chance to end the Civil War once and for all. However, General McClellan constantly over estimated the strength of his enemy. Furthermore, he always doubted himself that he could stand victorious over his opposition. In the end, General McClellan ordered the retreat of his soldiers out of fear of defeat. The moral of this story is this: To all of those experiencing self-doubt, thinking that the odds simply stand too tall, and worry of defeat, just remember the story of General McClellan. McClellan was deprived of final victory from his self-doubt, overestimation of enemy soldiers, and thinking that he could not overcome the odds that didn't even exist. Because of his actions, General McClellan had the opportunity for final victory, but could not achieve greatness because he was his own enemy. Thanks for listening.