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There is a historical account of the preparations for one of Napoleon’s famous battles. As Napoleon was talking to a group of his high ranking officers, his horse, standing nearby, spooked and bolted. A quick thinking private, observing the scene, pursued the runaway on his own horse, and was able to return Napoleon’s horse safely.

“Well done, Captain,” said Napoleon upon his return.

The private, with eyes as big as saucers, and with only a moment’s hesitation, saluted smartly and said, “Yes, sir.”

He then headed straight to the supply tent, got himself a captain’s uniform, and moved into officer’s quarters. Never once did he say, “I don’t deserve it. I should have worked my way up through the ranks. I need to earn this.” No, he just said, “Yes, sir,” and accepted the newly assigned rank.

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