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See the Wall Street Journal article, below.

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"You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end – 
which you can never afford to Lose – with the discipline to confront
the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be."
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FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (without permission)  See links for full stories

The Truth About Failing Spectacularly

Did a lack of experience sink the MS Explorer—and the Los Angeles Rams?

The legendary polar cruise ship the MS Explorer sank in Antarctica in November 2007.
 Photo: Alamy
Feb. 16, 2019 12:00 a.m. ET
Twelve years ago, the world’s most renowned polar cruise ship, the MS Explorer, set out from a deep-water port in Argentina toward the icy, treacherous waters of Antarctica.
The ship’s 154 passengers and crew had every reason to feel secure. With its class-1A ice-reinforced hull, bow thrusters and brawny diesel engines, the Explorer had been safely ferrying tourists through extreme polar environments since 1969. It was the first cruise ship ever to navigate the Northwest Passage.
What they couldn’t have imagined is that 12 days later, on a remote stretch of the Southern Ocean, they would feel a jolt, followed by the sickening sound of rushing water. Or that four hours later, in the frigid dead of night, with the ship listing at 20 degrees, the captain would order every last person into the lifeboats.
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Appeared in the February 16, 2019, print edition as 'Sending Inexperience Into a Storm.'

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