Napoleon , one of the strongest personalities in the history of mankind, wanted to change the world. He knew that it was possible because he had changed his own life. In his immortal words you can find the key to greatness in personal development, leadership, wealth, honesty and a path to success.
“Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.” Principles and values create focus. If you want to be successful there is no question whether you can; the question is to what extent? It all depends on your values. Here is an example of comparison: two men – Warren Buffet and a 47 year old businessman from Austria. One is a billionaire, the other a multimillionaire. One is the second richest man in the world, and his fortune is still growing, the other gives away his money and possessions, unable to be happy with his wealth. What creates the difference are their principles and values.
Leadership styles come in many different variations, and no one leader is exactly the same.
“Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.”
“He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.” Your present focus projects your future. To avoid something that you fear, you have to imagine it—how it looks and feels—and by imagining it you concentrate fully on it. Because our brain processes only a small fraction of events taking place in our lives at any given moment, you will therefore attract more of what you are concentrating on into your life. To understand more about this concept, we recommend a movie about the way we perceive the world called “What the Bleep Do We Know”.
“I have only one counsel for you – be master.” Donald Trump said, “Think BIG or go home .“ Thanks to science, we know that due to the capacity of our brains, our thoughts are not fixed, but rather dependent upon our will. Thought it may not always feel this way, we always have a choice between a sad thought and a happy thought as a reaction to an experience.
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“A true man hates no one.” “The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.” This quote is attributed to Buddha. What he is saying is that when you respect your own feelings and listen to your own intuition first and foremost, there is no one to fear and no one to hate. The strengths of your inner self and of your character are measured by the respect you have for other people. You may disagree with their opinions but these opinions cannot harm you. The perfect example of this can be observed in an example of Dr Viktor Frankl, the prisoner of four different German concentration camps. He survived the tragedy of captivity thanks to his ability to make choices about the way events affected him. He never let humiliation touch him.
“Respect the burden.” The problems people face are the foundations of their successful future. Difficulty brings the biggest breakthroughs when overcome. True happiness is built on the foundation of self-esteem and self-reliance, and challenges always strengthen these virtues.
“The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies.” Literal battlefield or not, every single moment of our lives gives us the opportunity to control the chaos. We are forced to make decisions at any given moment, and some of these decisions shape our lives powerfully. It is a constant fight between who we are and who we want to be. There are no two moments alike. Thus the decisions we make define our future. The more we listen to our inner intuition, the more we learn to act the way we feel is right the closer we come to our inner genius mind. The capacity of our brains are far beyond our imagination, and the powers we possess are measured by the examples of great people in business, arts, sports, science. For example, the genius of Einstein is based on his ability to choose his own judgments despite the words of others. Listen to your gut. Control your own chaos.
“The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.” Our brain creates everything that exists in our lives and what will come into existence in the future. It has been proven by modern science that our minds do not differentiate between real events and imagined ones when it comes to our bodily reactions, so the brain creates the same chemical reactions and as a result we feel happiness, fear, depression, etc. All illnesses are created by the way people think. It brings great hope because we can cure ourselves by first looking after the well-being of our mental health, our self-reliance, our purpose in life, our ability to love. Here are two simple examples: one, look at people in love – their beauty, radiant skin, and inner vitality reflects their well-being. Two, laughing yoga: laughter cures all. There are many examples of cancer patients curing themselves by watching comic movies, laughing, and surrounding themselves with bright colours and positive people.
“Throw off your worries when you throw off your clothes at night.” The worries people hold on to are the results of their no longer helpful habits. Worry is counter-productive when it lasts too long or when it posses us. Simply put, worry is a waste of imagination.
“Victory belongs to the most persevering. The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.” The perfect example of the truth of this thought is Thomas Edison, an American inventor and owner of more than a thousand patents, including the invention of the light bulb. He tried many thousand times before he succeeded. What he said was, ” I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that it won’t work.” He also advised, “Be courageous. I have seen many depressions in business. Always America has emerged from these stronger and more prosperous. Be as brave as your fathers before you. Have faith! Go forward!”