Keep advancing like General Patton

Ben "The Hosk" Hosking
6 min readDec 15, 2020
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“If a man does his best, what else is there?” George S. Patton

General Patton focused on aggressive advancement and leaving nothing left for the journey back. On IT projects, it’s important to keep momentum, focus on priority functionality and don’t get distracted.

“Remember that we as attackers have the initiative. We must retain this tremendous advantage by always attacking rapidly, ruthlessly, viciously, without rest. However tired and hungry you may be, the enemy will be more tired, more hungry. Keep punching.” General Patton

In this article General Patton’s Strategy for Winning in War and Life: Keep Punching, this quotes from General Patton will inspire you.

Speed and momentum

Patton focused on offence and hated defense. Patton felt the advantage was to the attacker, who attacked quickly and decisively.

“I don’t want to get any messages saying, ‘I am holding my position!’ We’re not holding anything. Let the Hun do that. We are advancing constantly and are not interested in holding anything, except onto the enemy. We’re going to hold onto him and kick the hell out of him all the time.” General Patton

“No form of defense is worth a damn.” and “An army is defeated when it digs in,”

Patton was an avid reader who studied history and was convinced the advantage was to the attacker. Those who attacked with speed, aggression and surprise. The defensive approach did not win battles, at best delayed defeat.

Attacking with speed does not mean being reckless or not preparing for the attack. Patton would reconnaissance, get the right equipment/support and have a plan with a backup plan.

Once Patton had finalised a plan, he focused on executing with speed. giving the…

Ben "The Hosk" Hosking

Technology philosopher | Software dev → Solution architect | Avid reader | Life long learner