Anyone who has studied the remarkable life of George Washington knows that he was not without his faults, and that he certainly made his share of mistakes throughout his illustrious military career. But one of his most striking attributes was the refusal to yield to the most insurmountable odds. On more than one occasion, all hope seemed lost and everyone appeared to be against him, to include a number of his own officers. Yet he simply refused to yield. Instead of looking back and lamenting what he could have done differently, he kept his composure, relied upon his Creator to guide him (as well documented in his correspondence), and simply kept moving forward. By doing so, he forged a new nation out of the rubble which surrounded him.