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Maximillian Hell (maximillianhell) wrote,
@ 2007-01-30 19:16:00
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Haven't had a chance to read all of the following, but it looks interesting, albeit derived from Robert Greene. I have just skimmed it a bit so far. The first law really caught my eye, because it is something I've been tending toward lately with a particular UG, but have been savvy enough to prevent myself from falling into that trap. I've been deliberately trying to do the opposite of what she does:

Dr Henry Jekyll (www.brotherhoodofchange.com):
The 48 Laws Of Excellence


Law 1
Never Learn From Someone Threatened By Excellence

Never limit yourself to accommodate the insecurities of others.
Your goal is your own personal excellence and as such do not
curtail the development of your skills, self-confidence or courage
for anyone. If you are working for someone who is threatened by
excellence, you are working for the wrong person. If you are
learning from someone who is threatened by excellence, you are
learning the wrong lessons. If you are learning from a man who is
scared of being eclipsed, you have already eclipsed him.

Law 2
Make Trustworthy Friends

Surround yourselves with friends you can trust. No man ever
achieved anything great alone. It has never happened. Build trust
by being trustworthy, and cultivating a shrewd sense of character.
Do not allow yourself to fall into believing what you want to
believe about a person because they are beautiful, strong and
talented. Be honest with yourself. Make trustworthy friends.

Law 3
Be Relentlessly Open About Your Intentions

Inspire others to join with you by the boldness and openness with
which you act. Do not worry about others moving to cut off your
plans. Your bold and decisive action will cut through such
scheming, and seize the initiative. Learn the skill of quick and
decisive action.

Law 4
Always Say Exactly Enough To Be Understood Perfectly

Language is a tool. Use it. Learn how to use it as a master
violinist plays a violin. It's purpose is simple - the
communication of ideas, feelings and concepts. Use it to
communicate your intentions and plans, to inspire others to join
with you. Just don't talk too much for too long. You have work to
do.

Law 5
Your Reputation is Incidental

Reputation is symptomatic of excellence, and not causal - that is
to say, it happens around you when you cultivate excellence inside
yourself and live courageously. Do not hide from reputation, and do
not be ashamed to stand up and be counted, but do not get lost in
it's pursuit. If you focus on your reputation in and of itself,
that reputation will have no substance to back it up. If you
concentrate primarily on excellence, and make reputation a
secondary concern, then you will have a powerful foundation should
your reputation come under assault. Never attack the reputation of
others. Instead, look to their hearts, and see if they pursue
excellence, or something else, such as reputation. If they do,
their empire is built on a house of cards. It will be no obstacle
to you.

Law 6
Do Not Shy From Attention

This is a world of indolence and apathy. Many people are seduced by
the myriad of toys, games, flashing lights and drama which surround
us i the modern age. As such, mediocrity is commonplace. But the
potential for excellence is within everyone. As such, you must
expect that your excellence will draw attention. Use it. Use that
attention to project your excellence into the world, to inspire
others. Do not stand out just for the sake of standing out, but
stand out by the quality of your life, and the person you are. And
do not hide yourself.

Law 7
Ask for, Inspire and Accept Assistance, and Give Credit Where It's
Due

Remember this - your friends and comrades are as important to you
as your arms and legs. As and when you rise to a position where
people look up to you, delegate to them, but personally speaking,
treat them as equals. Use the wisdom, knowledge, and legwork of
other people to further a common cause you each share. Make sure
that you never allow these people to feel unappreciated. They are
so essential to your success that if they leave you it will be like
losing a body part. You must understand this. Only then can you
achieve greatly.

Law 8
Do not be easily provoked. Cultivate Self-Discipline

If someone is attempting to provoke a reaction from you, you are
the one in control. It is always better to meet any opposition on
your terms and not theirs. Remember this. If someone is provoking
you, they have chosen that battlefield. Do not meet them there.
Meet them somewhere else, if at all. Always keep in mind though,
that your personal excellence is massively more important than any
personal victories you may enjoy over individuals.

Law 9
Take Actions, Do Not Get Lost In Argument, Or Thought.

Opinions are ephemeral and have no reality. Action matters.
Opinions and ideas are only of value when they inform action. They
only have any worth at all when they are manifested in reality.
When in doubt, take control of a situation by seizing the
initiative. This is a crucial law, which can be applied on a grand
scale or a very small scale - even in conversations. Develop the
art of moving decisively, and well. Cultivate the ability of
shooting from the hip with accuracy in your life. Hone your ability
to choose wisely, fast, then to act upon it in a totally committed
fashion.

Law 10
Infection: Avoid the Self-Indulgent and the Skeptical.

Negative emotional states are extremely infectious. If you are
keeping company with the lazy, the self-indulgent, those who have a
victim mentality or those who are habitually skeptical of ideas.
They are all each highly damaging in their own way, but perhaps the
worst of them are those of a victim mentality, and those who
criticize the ideas of others. Self-indulgence and skepticism are
easy and cowardly. These people attack excellence in all it's forms
and plant seeds of doubt in the minds of others. Fight this in any
way you can. Make a long term commitment to f r e e ing yourself of
their influence in every possible way.

Law 11
Learn to Inspire Independence in those who wish to Join You.

Another person is always of more use to you as a powerful ally than
as a sheep-like follower. Never accept blind adulation, and never
allow others to rest their self-esteem on your goodwill. Always
expect independence of those who seek to join with you. Reward
emotional independence in your friends with respect. A bond of
trust between brothers in arms is always stronger than a bond of
validation and power between leader and follower.

Law 12
Use Honesty and Generosity From a position of Strength to Disarm
your Enemies

Do not allow yourself to be taken advantage of, but cultivate the
ability to keep your ego out of the decisions that you make
regarding those who you dislike, or who dislike you. Attempt, as
far as possible, to distance yourself from negative feelings toward
others. You have bigger fish to fry than getting involved in
personal dramas. At the same time, remember that a man is always
more use to you as an ally than as an enemy. Extending an olive
branch to someone is simple, and if you are offering it from a
position of strength, it will most likely be accepted, which will
mean that you have one less enemy and one more ally.

Law 13
When Forging Alliances, Do not plead like a bleating sheep.

Get yourself to a position where you have something to offer, then
propose an alliance of mutual benefit with someone who's skills
complement your own. It is easy to forge win-win relationships with
people if you have something to offer them. Both of you together
can achieve more than either of you individually. Make certain that
you do not compromise yourself, and do not be quick to remind
others of past acts of charity. Your charity is your own business.
Generosity is its own reward. What matters in the moment is the
pursuit of excellence, of real achievement. Remember this.

Law 14
Do not Spend Time Obsessing Over Rivals

They are an irrelevance to you. You are not gauging your success by
that of others, but only by the distance you have travelled on the
road to personal excellence. If you are under threat, deal with the
threat decisively and shrewdly - but only if you are under threat.
Remember that your genuine cultivation of personal excellence makes
attacking you at a deep level very difficult. Even if someone could
successfully portray you as something else, such a deception, no
matter how convincing, would be no more than a facade. Reality
itself is on your side.

Law 15
Transcend your Enemy Totally

Do not pick fights. End them. Make certain that you are the most
difficult-to-provoke person in the world. You are succeeding on
your terms, not those offered to you by well-meaning friends or the
terms offered to you by those who attack you. If you get sucked in
to fighting personal battles, your excellence will always be
something that exists relative to another. You have bigger fish to
fry. As far as you can, beat your enemies by transcending the petty
concerns they wish to squabble over with you. If you need to
eliminate a threat, someone who is attacking you, always remember
that if they provoked the fight they have done so because of a
weakness in them, probably based on some form of self-deception and
fear which they have not overcome. As such, the truth is on your
side. Look for that truth. It is a weapon of incredible power.

Law 16

You Are Defined Most By How You Handle Damage

When you are weak, when you feel low, when you have been struck in
the most personal and heart-wrenching of ways that is the time to
fight harder than you've ever fought. It is in those moments of
absolute truth where we decide our own worth. It is when all logic
and reason are telling us to give up on what we know is right, on
what our hearts desire more than anything in the world, that we
must fight the hardest. Let the blows of your enemies and the cruel
twists of fate be spurs to your efforts. Cultivate your defiance of
them to an extremely high degree. Optimism is not an alternative to
pessimism. It is the state of mind of those who refuse, in the face
of logic and reason, never ever to give up on themselves or on
their heart's desire no matter what the situation in which they are
placed.

Law 17

Keep On Your Toes: Cultivate an Air of Dynamism

Humans are creatures of habit, and fall into patterns. You are not
immune, and neither are those around you. Cultivate in yourself the
faculty of creativity and imagination, so that your actions are
neither predictable nor ineffective. Demand constant and persistent
action in pursuit of your heart's desire, and do not get bogged
down in worrying about the correct method. If in doubt, act. You
will make mistakes, but you will also score victories and the more
action you take, the better you will become at taking action.
Effective action is like a muscle. Work it.

Law 18

The World Is A Mirror, So Drop Your Guard

The world is like a mirror. If you walk about the place with your
defences high, the world will raise its defences to you, and you
will be alone. If you walk around the world looking for weaknesses
and openings to exploit, people will not connect with you and you
will be alone. If you walk around the world with your guard
lowered, wearing your heart on your sleeve, you will be attacked
and it will hurt. But if you are willing to take any pain
associated with lowering your guard as a lifestyle, you will make
strong, effective and useful connections with other people of worth
and value. You will also condition your heart to be strong, as well
as open. This strength will serve as one of the key ingredients for
excellence.

Law 19

Be Mindful Of Creating Enemies.

You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs, and there's
no need to tiptoe around people's egos when you have to do what is
right. At the same time, if you can do what is right without
offending others, do it that way. This is not something to obsess
over, but make certain that if you are making an enemy, you are
aware of what you are doing and you've thought through the
consequences. There are millions of ways to achieve each and every
goal you set yourself. It's better for you not to put yourself in a
position where you might come under attack in the future.

Law 20

Commit to your conscience, Commit to yourself.

Your moral sense is the core of your being, whether you like it or
not. Never be ashamed to act upon what you believe to be right. At
the same time, and as much as is possible, retain your integrity,
and hold control of your anger. Always control your indignation do
not allow it to control you. At the same time, your morality is
critical. It drives you to do what is highest and best, and it will
show you the path that your life should be taking, if you let it.
Listen to it, and commit to its call. It is the heart of you. If
you walk in tune with your morality, you will be at peace with
yourself, even if the road you tread is a difficult one.

Law 21

Never Be Ashamed Of Your Gifts, And Do Not Hide Them

If you are intelligent, be openly intelligent. If you are eloquent,
be openly eloquent. If you are skilled at your job, be openly
skilled at your job. If you have a skill, do not hide it for the
benefit of others. The only part of them you are benefiting is the
lowest and least worthy their ego. Develop your excellence in the
light of day. Those who feel intimidated by this and who shy away
from you or snipe at you, even if large in quantity will be totally
outclassed by the quality of the people your pursuit of excellence
will draw to you.

Law 22

Use the Surrender Tactic: Give the Baby His Bottle

If you are being sucked into a conflict, it's often better to
surrender graciously very early on. The key is knowing whether or
not the conflict is something worth fighting. Most of the time it
isn't. It is hard to see this sometimes because when you are
provoked, many people will stand their ground over a point of
principle when the actual reality of the conflict is basically
irrelevant to them. This is anathema to excellence. Cultivate
within yourself the ability to step back from conflicts and examine
them dispassionately. If it is apparent that someone is throwing a
tantrum over an issue that has no higher meaning, give the baby his
bottle. You will often find that it is insecurity and fear which
motivated them in the first place, and once they do not see you as
a threat, they may indeed become a useful ally.

Law 23

Concentrate Your Efforts

Achieve things by focusing your efforts totally on the achievement
of one task at a time. This is critical. Focus yourself on
completing that task to a degree of excellence and effectiveness,
and then move swiftly on to the next task. Focus completely on
that. This is the principle of the application of maximum force.
Focus all your energies at one challenge at a time, overcome that
challenge, then focus all your energies on the next one. You are
invincible in this as long as you do not let up, or lose focus, and
you continue to assault the problem for as long as it takes for
that problem to be overcome. No task is beyond your power to
accomplish.

Law 24

Never Play the Courtier

It is far better to offend someone than it is to make a habit of
lying. The excellence of your genuine self is what you seek to
develop. Deception and trickery are a gamble and a trap. If you
allow yourself to use these tools out of fear or greed then they
can and will obscure your true self from others, and from you. This
is catastrophic. Instead, work on the development of your skills of
self-expression, and make the genuine self you express a powerhouse
of excellence. There will be no limit to how far you can rise in
the world.

Law 25

Re-Create Yourself In Line With Your Deepest And Most Noble Desire

Look into yourself. Take a long time with this one. Really plunge
deeply. Work through all the layers of propriety and social
programming, all the things you've been told are important and all
the things you just want for reasons of ego. Punch down through
those layers and really find your heart's desire. What do you want
to be? Ask yourself that, and keep asking until you find a clear
and distinct answer. That answer is the meaning of your life. It
will give you a clarity of purpose, a goal which you can focus on
to rise above the irrelevant dramas of the present and something to
move toward. No matter how wild or amazing it seems, hold to it. It
is what you want the most. It is your Arete, your excellence.
Picture it clearly and often. Never, ever let it go.

Law 26

Get Your Hands Dirty

Get involved on every level. Never be above the grunt work. Make
the amount that you are willing to actually do in the pursuit of
excellence exactly this: as much as it takes. Do whatever it takes.
Make things happen. Build your castle stone by stone with your own
bare hands if you must. No task is ignominious that is part of the
pursuit of excellence.


Law 27

Utilize People's Desire to Connect to Create a Group of Staunch,
Powerful and Creative Allies

People have an overwhelming desire to believe in something. Never,
ever become the focal point of such desire. Remain grounded in
yourself, and fully human in public. Do not set yourself up to be
something you are not, because it is a gamble that you do not need
to make. Also, the benefits which it will give you will be
transitory and weak the worship that you are given by someone is
not a comment on your greatness, but on their insecurity. Instead,
remember that the greatest and most talented people in the world
need friends also. No-one is above gaining one more ally. Share
with them your vision of what you will become. Fuse your heart's
desires together into great projects. In a world filled with
apathy, indolence and selfishness, your honest pursuit of
excellence will be a breath of fresh air.

Law 28

Cultivate Effective Audacity

Hone your audacity like the edge of a blade by being audacious
whenever you can to the best of your ability. If you wish to
achieve something, but are unsure of a course of action, attempt it
anyway. Audacity and boldness are crucial skills for achieving
excellence. Even if you fail, you will learn more about taking
action, about seizing the initiative instead of overanalyzing an
opportunity until it is gone. You will learn more about how you
react under pressure, and what it feels like to face down fear.
These skills are more important than any contingent victory.
Cultivate them. Remember that any mistakes you commit through
audacity may well be corrected with more audacity as long as you
act swiftly and well.

Law 29

Make Specific, Contingent Plans

The detail is everything. Making specific plans is a creative
effort, and like any creative effort it is a skill which can be
developed to a very high level. Excellence is something that must
be cultivated, and excellence at making specific plans for
effective action is skill that is impossible to do without. No
matter how well you react to others, and no matter how effective an
opportunist you are, sooner or later you will need to seize the
initiative in a sustained way or lose it. As such, this skill, the
skill of practical planning, is effectively the skill of taking
control of your destiny. Do not be without it.

Law 30

Do Not Rely On Clever Tricks

When your actions are in line with your expertise, they are natural
and executed with ease. All the toil and practice that goes into
developing them becomes invisible. Do not feel you need to hide
this excellence is not a magic trick. It is something that you
must be developed, cultivated, built up from solid foundations.
Your excellence is not an illusion. Do not build it with clever
tricks, but around a core of rock solid central skills. You do not
need to have a dizzying repertoire of tricks let all your tricks
and shortcuts be totally incidental. Build your excellence on just
doing the obvious things really well.

Law 31

Create the Options: Play By Your Own Rules

An option is nothing more than an idea. It is very rare that there
are only two ideas which can resolve a situation. Usually, there
are millions of different ways to resolve a situation in your
favour. If you are presented with a stark choice where you lose
either way, detach your emotions from the situation and think
dispassionately and creatively. Avoid choosing the lesser of two
evils. Always look for a way out that benefits everyone involved
there is almost always one to hand.

Law 32

Appeal to People's Best Selves Give Them A Chance To Shine

The truth is often avoided because people are afraid of it. Many
people spend a great deal of time and energy building up their
fears into something big. Fear is ugly and unpleasant. Never appeal
to weakness and insecurity if you do only weakness and insecurity
will answer your call. If you build an empire on that, you are
building it on sand like a fool. The truth may be harsh, but it is
solid. Build an empire on truth and reality. It will have a strong
foundation. If you appeal to courage and excellence, courage and
excellence will answer your call. There is great power in tapping
into the excellence of the masses. That power can be focused and
unleashed, and as you build an empire of excellence in the world,
you build an empire of personal excellence inside yourself.

Law 33

Discover Each Man's Excellence

Everyone has a strength, one practical ability which they can
develop to an extremely high degree. It is what they love, it is
their passion and their calling. Whatever it is, if you can
encourage it in others, you will draw out of them all that is
highest and best. You can create extremely strong alliances this
way with people who quickly become highly effective and highly
skilled.

Law 34

Respect Yourself.

Self respect is based on a simple recognition that you are a human
being. Do not allow yourself to be treated badly. Do not compromise
your dignity. You are a human being, and all human dignity has
worth and value. Therefore your dignity itself has worth and value.
Do not compromise on disrespect. If someone disrespects you, call
them on it do not allow your feelings to be provoked, but call
them on their disrespect. Respect is something that your humanity
demands. It is not something you need to earn. It is your
birthright. Moreover, do not be cruel to yourself. Refrain from
berating yourself over past errors. You would not savagely berate
someone else for their mistakes - their humanity itself affords
them the right to err and still be of great intrinsic value. Your
humanity affords yourself the same right. Recognize that and act
accordingly.

Law 35

Master the Art of Opportunity

Your hard work and diligence is only as useful as the direction in
which you move. The opportunities that you seek are critical. Keep
a weather eye out for any chance of a break, and if you get one,
act swiftly and decisively. Your plans exist for you to seize the
initiative, but always understand that it is only through
capitalizing on the opportunities that are presented to you, and
the opportunities created by your victories that you will achieve
greatly. If you fail to take an opportunity, or fail to capitalize
on an opening, do not beat yourself up. Redouble your efforts.
Create another opening. Capitalize on that. Seize opportunities
with both hands. Drop everything and pursue them trust your
instincts. They are what you have been waiting for.

Law 36

Disdain Things you cannot have: Ignoring them is the best Revenge

By focusing on problem, dramas and conflicts you distract yourself
from your goal personal excellence, alliance and the attainment of
your heart's desire. At the same time, you will encounter a myriad
of problems, dramas and conflicts in your pursuit of excellence.
Sometimes these things cannot be avoided. Some battles must be
fought. What you focus on is what life gives you. When facing
problems, focus on solutions. When facing drama, focus on
resolution. When faced with conflict, focus on victory.

Law 37

Be Spectacular

Let your excellence be a beacon to others. Develop yourself until
you can compete at the highest degree, and win. Be a fireworks
display of humanity, a living example of what can be achieved
through endurance, faith and courage. Find an arena where you can
excel openly, and excel there. Dominate it. Own it. Once you have
demonstrated that it is your own, find a bigger arena. Inspired by
your excellence, others will join with you, lift you higher and
raise themselves up in turn.

Law 38

Cultivate the skill of connecting with others, And Guard Against
Arrogance

If you have the ability to genuinely connect with others, you can
go against the times, explore and utilize unconventional ideas and
ground breaking methods, and people will still love you for who you
are. Never lose touch with your humanity, for if you do you will
lose touch with the humanity of others. Make sure that you
cultivate a love of humanity as part of your excellence disdain
for the weak is the thin end of the wedge of arrogance. Look for
the humanity in others, and cultivate compassion for those who live
enslaved by fear. Do not allow them to infect you with doubt, but
do not let them infect you with a sense of superiority either. The
only person you can gauge your success by is you.

Law 39

Let Your Enemies Defeat Themselves

Do not provoke others into conflict for the sake of glory. At the
same time, understand that in attempting to better yourself, in
pursuing excellence, you will threaten others who will seek to
attack you and bring you down. Answer only the intellectual content
of their attacks, and do not repay their vitriol in kind. Always
seek to link your ideas with theirs over shared common ground
instead of annihilating their intellectual position it is always
better to broaden your position so that it includes the main thrust
of their attack within it. In doing so, you will undercut their
attack and broaden your perspective. If they continue to attack
you, it will be increasingly obvious to anyone that they are not
motivated by rational concerns, but by jealousy, envy and spite.
They will lose by default.

Law 40

Despise the f r e e Lunch

Learn to accept help from others when it is offered. Your pursuit
of excellence will be inspiring to many who you cannot directly
assist. If they wish to help you, accept their help. Generosity is
a blessing which can center a person and transcend the petty
concerns in which they are bogged down. It allows them to become
part of something higher and greater, and their assistance to you,
as an act of kindness on their part, allows them to pursue
excellence in their own lives. There is nothing to fear from
accepting help when it is genuinely and f r e e ly offered. At the
same time be mindful that no-one uses the memory of past assistance
to blackmail you emotionally into compromising yourself.

Law 41

Stand on the Shoulders Of Giants

Do not try to reinvent the wheel. Learn from others and then
develop new directions with innovation and creativity. Always
strive to be at the cutting edge. Do not slavishly follow anyone,
and appreciate the fallible humanity of those you look up to. All
the legends in your chosen field of excellence were nothing more
than people, just like you. You are capable of more than them. Much
more. Think of them as the people who cleared the path for you to
blaze a trail further, brighter and higher than any who have come
before.

Law 42

Be Mindful Of The Profoundly And Consciously Selfish

Understand that some people who attack you will do so convincingly
and well. They are threatened by the existence of excellence
because they worship self-interest, manipulation and the control of
others. You, and especially your success, represents a critical
threat to the entire belief systems of these people, and they dare
not face the darkness in their own hearts because, in truth, it
terrifies them. If you come across such people, avoid them like the
plague. Cut them completely out of your life. They will become a
convergence point for dissident elements who wish to attack
excellence itself. Do not play by their rules, do not get sucked in
to their games, and remember this like vampires, they thrive on
shadows and darkness. They cannot stand the light of day. Do your
work in the open, and they will be unable to move against you
decisively without revealing their rotten nature.

Law 43

Connect With the Hearts and Minds of Others

If you openly coerce someone into helping you, they will nurse a
grudge and wait for an opportunity to take you down. Even if they
do not do this, they will spread poison behind your back, slipping
stilettos of doubt between the ribs of those who can help you. If
you manipulate someone into helping you out, the second they
realize they are your pawn they will attack you with a vengeance
many times as powerful as if you had openly coerced them. Moreover,
they will spread the truth of your deceitful nature among your
allies, and weaken your alliances. Coercion and manipulation are
desperate fall-back options when everything else has already
failed. As lifestyle choices, they are doomed to failure. Instead,
connect with someone's strengths. Do this by finding common cause
among others who pursue excellence, and those who you inspire to
pursue excellence. Do it also by forging true friendships among
those you work with.

Law 44

Your fear is your compass.

Do not build coping strategies to work your way around the things
you fear the most. Face them head on. The fact is that fear is the
root of every insecurity, every failure, every regret that you use
to beat yourself up with when you are feeling low. Defeating it is
not an optional extra. It is the critical flaw that has held you
back, and you must overcome it. Overcoming fear does not mean
becoming fearless. It means getting angry. Become furious at your
fear. Go straight for it, straight for the throat. Savage it. Never
let it get away with controlling you. It has nothing but your
failure at heart. It is your enemy. It is your greatest foe. It is
in many ways, your only true enemy. Fight it always, with righteous
fury. Whatever you are most afraid of is what you should be doing
right now in order to be f r e e .

Law 45

Embrace Change, but Keep a sense of direction and reality

The pursuit of excellence has internal and external aspects.
Internally, fight your fear and fix your heart's desire as your
ultimate goal. Externally, face your fear in reality day after day,
and forge your heart's desire into something real and amazing with
endurance, opportunism and courage. As you do this, make certain
though that you keep yourself grounded. If you lose touch with
reality, you will have failed. If you become lost in dreaming, you
will have failed. Excellence is something that must be real, that
must be realized, that must be pushed into actuality through force
of will. Reality is the ultimate testing ground for excellence.
Excellence must be given form in reality for it to have any
meaning. Honing yourself is a key facet of excellence, but do not
get lost in sharpening a sword you never draw in battle. If you
never wield your excellence in reality then you might as well not
waste your time honing it at all.


Law 46

Excellence is not perfection; Excellence is better.

Seeking perfection is self-defeating because perfection is static.
This means firstly that, as a static concept, it has no existence
in the real world. Secondly it means that a perfect thing is
something that has been completed, and thus ended. If you seek to
perfect yourself, you are really seeking to end yourself. To finish
yourself. If you seek something long enough, you will achieve it.
Excellence is dynamic, and as such it has no limits. If you seek
excellence, you are seeking to reach a state of positive dynamism
that is greater than anything yet seen. Excellence, unlike
perfection, leaves infinite room for personality, style, panache
and flair. As such, this quest is both endless, and endlessly
worthwhile.

Law 47

Remain grounded in reality but reach for the stars

Each victory is nothing more than a way point. Excellence is never
complete. Each victory is simply an opportunity to capitalize upon
and no victory, no matter how absolute, is ever the end of the
story. It is only the end of the chapter, and it opens the doorway
to the achievement of even greater things.

Law 48

Seek Excellence, and not Perfection

Excellence is your birthright as a man. If unclaimed, it will
forever elude you. If you turn your whole life to it's pursuit, the
world will salute you for your courage, and you will open the door
to the greatest future of which you are capable. Ultimately, the
universe is a mirror. If you make excellence the core of your
heart, excellence will find you and you will live an excellent
life. It will, at times, be hard. It will, at times, be scary. But
it will always, in some way, be excellent. As will you.
 
#2
Many thanks msr. I particularly like the one about fear, but there are many good ones here.

Right, I'm off out to pursue excellence :)
 
#3
I think these should replace Values and Standards of the British Army.
 
#6
msr said:
Maximillian Hell (maximillianhell) wrote,
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Haven't had a chance to read all of the following, but it looks interesting, albeit derived from Robert Greene. I have just skimmed it a bit so far. The first law really caught my eye, because it is something I've been tending toward lately with a particular UG, but have been savvy enough to prevent myself from falling into that trap. I've been deliberately trying to do the opposite of what she does:

Dr Henry Jekyll (www.brotherhoodofchange.com):
The 48 Laws Of Excellence


Law 1
Never Learn From Someone Threatened By Excellence

Never limit yourself to accommodate the insecurities of others.
Your goal is your own personal excellence and as such do not
curtail the development of your skills, self-confidence or courage
for anyone. If you are working for someone who is threatened by
excellence, you are working for the wrong person. If you are
learning from someone who is threatened by excellence, you are
learning the wrong lessons. If you are learning from a man who is
scared of being eclipsed, you have already eclipsed him.

Law 2
Make Trustworthy Friends

Surround yourselves with friends you can trust. No man ever
achieved anything great alone. It has never happened. Build trust
by being trustworthy, and cultivating a shrewd sense of character.
Do not allow yourself to fall into believing what you want to
believe about a person because they are beautiful, strong and
talented. Be honest with yourself. Make trustworthy friends.

Law 3
Be Relentlessly Open About Your Intentions

Inspire others to join with you by the boldness and openness with
which you act. Do not worry about others moving to cut off your
plans. Your bold and decisive action will cut through such
scheming, and seize the initiative. Learn the skill of quick and
decisive action.

Law 4
Always Say Exactly Enough To Be Understood Perfectly

Language is a tool. Use it. Learn how to use it as a master
violinist plays a violin. It's purpose is simple - the
communication of ideas, feelings and concepts. Use it to
communicate your intentions and plans, to inspire others to join
with you. Just don't talk too much for too long. You have work to
do.

Law 5
Your Reputation is Incidental

Reputation is symptomatic of excellence, and not causal - that is
to say, it happens around you when you cultivate excellence inside
yourself and live courageously. Do not hide from reputation, and do
not be ashamed to stand up and be counted, but do not get lost in
it's pursuit. If you focus on your reputation in and of itself,
that reputation will have no substance to back it up. If you
concentrate primarily on excellence, and make reputation a
secondary concern, then you will have a powerful foundation should
your reputation come under assault. Never attack the reputation of
others. Instead, look to their hearts, and see if they pursue
excellence, or something else, such as reputation. If they do,
their empire is built on a house of cards. It will be no obstacle
to you.

Law 6
Do Not Shy From Attention

This is a world of indolence and apathy. Many people are seduced by
the myriad of toys, games, flashing lights and drama which surround
us i the modern age. As such, mediocrity is commonplace. But the
potential for excellence is within everyone. As such, you must
expect that your excellence will draw attention. Use it. Use that
attention to project your excellence into the world, to inspire
others. Do not stand out just for the sake of standing out, but
stand out by the quality of your life, and the person you are. And
do not hide yourself.

Law 7
Ask for, Inspire and Accept Assistance, and Give Credit Where It's
Due

Remember this - your friends and comrades are as important to you
as your arms and legs. As and when you rise to a position where
people look up to you, delegate to them, but personally speaking,
treat them as equals. Use the wisdom, knowledge, and legwork of
other people to further a common cause you each share. Make sure
that you never allow these people to feel unappreciated. They are
so essential to your success that if they leave you it will be like
losing a body part. You must understand this. Only then can you
achieve greatly.

Law 8
Do not be easily provoked. Cultivate Self-Discipline

If someone is attempting to provoke a reaction from you, you are
the one in control. It is always better to meet any opposition on
your terms and not theirs. Remember this. If someone is provoking
you, they have chosen that battlefield. Do not meet them there.
Meet them somewhere else, if at all. Always keep in mind though,
that your personal excellence is massively more important than any
personal victories you may enjoy over individuals.

Law 9
Take Actions, Do Not Get Lost In Argument, Or Thought.

Opinions are ephemeral and have no reality. Action matters.
Opinions and ideas are only of value when they inform action. They
only have any worth at all when they are manifested in reality.
When in doubt, take control of a situation by seizing the
initiative. This is a crucial law, which can be applied on a grand
scale or a very small scale - even in conversations. Develop the
art of moving decisively, and well. Cultivate the ability of
shooting from the hip with accuracy in your life. Hone your ability
to choose wisely, fast, then to act upon it in a totally committed
fashion.

Law 10
Infection: Avoid the Self-Indulgent and the Skeptical.

Negative emotional states are extremely infectious. If you are
keeping company with the lazy, the self-indulgent, those who have a
victim mentality or those who are habitually skeptical of ideas.
They are all each highly damaging in their own way, but perhaps the
worst of them are those of a victim mentality, and those who
criticize the ideas of others. Self-indulgence and skepticism are
easy and cowardly. These people attack excellence in all it's forms
and plant seeds of doubt in the minds of others. Fight this in any
way you can. Make a long term commitment to f r e e ing yourself of
their influence in every possible way.

Law 11
Learn to Inspire Independence in those who wish to Join You.

Another person is always of more use to you as a powerful ally than
as a sheep-like follower. Never accept blind adulation, and never
allow others to rest their self-esteem on your goodwill. Always
expect independence of those who seek to join with you. Reward
emotional independence in your friends with respect. A bond of
trust between brothers in arms is always stronger than a bond of
validation and power between leader and follower.

Law 12
Use Honesty and Generosity From a position of Strength to Disarm
your Enemies

Do not allow yourself to be taken advantage of, but cultivate the
ability to keep your ego out of the decisions that you make
regarding those who you dislike, or who dislike you. Attempt, as
far as possible, to distance yourself from negative feelings toward
others. You have bigger fish to fry than getting involved in
personal dramas. At the same time, remember that a man is always
more use to you as an ally than as an enemy. Extending an olive
branch to someone is simple, and if you are offering it from a
position of strength, it will most likely be accepted, which will
mean that you have one less enemy and one more ally.

Law 13
When Forging Alliances, Do not plead like a bleating sheep.

Get yourself to a position where you have something to offer, then
propose an alliance of mutual benefit with someone who's skills
complement your own. It is easy to forge win-win relationships with
people if you have something to offer them. Both of you together
can achieve more than either of you individually. Make certain that
you do not compromise yourself, and do not be quick to remind
others of past acts of charity. Your charity is your own business.
Generosity is its own reward. What matters in the moment is the
pursuit of excellence, of real achievement. Remember this.

Law 14
Do not Spend Time Obsessing Over Rivals

They are an irrelevance to you. You are not gauging your success by
that of others, but only by the distance you have travelled on the
road to personal excellence. If you are under threat, deal with the
threat decisively and shrewdly - but only if you are under threat.
Remember that your genuine cultivation of personal excellence makes
attacking you at a deep level very difficult. Even if someone could
successfully portray you as something else, such a deception, no
matter how convincing, would be no more than a facade. Reality
itself is on your side.

Law 15
Transcend your Enemy Totally

Do not pick fights. End them. Make certain that you are the most
difficult-to-provoke person in the world. You are succeeding on
your terms, not those offered to you by well-meaning friends or the
terms offered to you by those who attack you. If you get sucked in
to fighting personal battles, your excellence will always be
something that exists relative to another. You have bigger fish to
fry. As far as you can, beat your enemies by transcending the petty
concerns they wish to squabble over with you. If you need to
eliminate a threat, someone who is attacking you, always remember
that if they provoked the fight they have done so because of a
weakness in them, probably based on some form of self-deception and
fear which they have not overcome. As such, the truth is on your
side. Look for that truth. It is a weapon of incredible power.

Law 16

You Are Defined Most By How You Handle Damage

When you are weak, when you feel low, when you have been struck in
the most personal and heart-wrenching of ways that is the time to
fight harder than you've ever fought. It is in those moments of
absolute truth where we decide our own worth. It is when all logic
and reason are telling us to give up on what we know is right, on
what our hearts desire more than anything in the world, that we
must fight the hardest. Let the blows of your enemies and the cruel
twists of fate be spurs to your efforts. Cultivate your defiance of
them to an extremely high degree. Optimism is not an alternative to
pessimism. It is the state of mind of those who refuse, in the face
of logic and reason, never ever to give up on themselves or on
their heart's desire no matter what the situation in which they are
placed.

Law 17

Keep On Your Toes: Cultivate an Air of Dynamism

Humans are creatures of habit, and fall into patterns. You are not
immune, and neither are those around you. Cultivate in yourself the
faculty of creativity and imagination, so that your actions are
neither predictable nor ineffective. Demand constant and persistent
action in pursuit of your heart's desire, and do not get bogged
down in worrying about the correct method. If in doubt, act. You
will make mistakes, but you will also score victories and the more
action you take, the better you will become at taking action.
Effective action is like a muscle. Work it.

Law 18

The World Is A Mirror, So Drop Your Guard

The world is like a mirror. If you walk about the place with your
defences high, the world will raise its defences to you, and you
will be alone. If you walk around the world looking for weaknesses
and openings to exploit, people will not connect with you and you
will be alone. If you walk around the world with your guard
lowered, wearing your heart on your sleeve, you will be attacked
and it will hurt. But if you are willing to take any pain
associated with lowering your guard as a lifestyle, you will make
strong, effective and useful connections with other people of worth
and value. You will also condition your heart to be strong, as well
as open. This strength will serve as one of the key ingredients for
excellence.

Law 19

Be Mindful Of Creating Enemies.

You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs, and there's
no need to tiptoe around people's egos when you have to do what is
right. At the same time, if you can do what is right without
offending others, do it that way. This is not something to obsess
over, but make certain that if you are making an enemy, you are
aware of what you are doing and you've thought through the
consequences. There are millions of ways to achieve each and every
goal you set yourself. It's better for you not to put yourself in a
position where you might come under attack in the future.

Law 20

Commit to your conscience, Commit to yourself.

Your moral sense is the core of your being, whether you like it or
not. Never be ashamed to act upon what you believe to be right. At
the same time, and as much as is possible, retain your integrity,
and hold control of your anger. Always control your indignation do
not allow it to control you. At the same time, your morality is
critical. It drives you to do what is highest and best, and it will
show you the path that your life should be taking, if you let it.
Listen to it, and commit to its call. It is the heart of you. If
you walk in tune with your morality, you will be at peace with
yourself, even if the road you tread is a difficult one.

Law 21

Never Be Ashamed Of Your Gifts, And Do Not Hide Them

If you are intelligent, be openly intelligent. If you are eloquent,
be openly eloquent. If you are skilled at your job, be openly
skilled at your job. If you have a skill, do not hide it for the
benefit of others. The only part of them you are benefiting is the
lowest and least worthy their ego. Develop your excellence in the
light of day. Those who feel intimidated by this and who shy away
from you or snipe at you, even if large in quantity will be totally
outclassed by the quality of the people your pursuit of excellence
will draw to you.

Law 22

Use the Surrender Tactic: Give the Baby His Bottle

If you are being sucked into a conflict, it's often better to
surrender graciously very early on. The key is knowing whether or
not the conflict is something worth fighting. Most of the time it
isn't. It is hard to see this sometimes because when you are
provoked, many people will stand their ground over a point of
principle when the actual reality of the conflict is basically
irrelevant to them. This is anathema to excellence. Cultivate
within yourself the ability to step back from conflicts and examine
them dispassionately. If it is apparent that someone is throwing a
tantrum over an issue that has no higher meaning, give the baby his
bottle. You will often find that it is insecurity and fear which
motivated them in the first place, and once they do not see you as
a threat, they may indeed become a useful ally.

Law 23

Concentrate Your Efforts

Achieve things by focusing your efforts totally on the achievement
of one task at a time. This is critical. Focus yourself on
completing that task to a degree of excellence and effectiveness,
and then move swiftly on to the next task. Focus completely on
that. This is the principle of the application of maximum force.
Focus all your energies at one challenge at a time, overcome that
challenge, then focus all your energies on the next one. You are
invincible in this as long as you do not let up, or lose focus, and
you continue to assault the problem for as long as it takes for
that problem to be overcome. No task is beyond your power to
accomplish.

Law 24

Never Play the Courtier

It is far better to offend someone than it is to make a habit of
lying. The excellence of your genuine self is what you seek to
develop. Deception and trickery are a gamble and a trap. If you
allow yourself to use these tools out of fear or greed then they
can and will obscure your true self from others, and from you. This
is catastrophic. Instead, work on the development of your skills of
self-expression, and make the genuine self you express a powerhouse
of excellence. There will be no limit to how far you can rise in
the world.

Law 25

Re-Create Yourself In Line With Your Deepest And Most Noble Desire

Look into yourself. Take a long time with this one. Really plunge
deeply. Work through all the layers of propriety and social
programming, all the things you've been told are important and all
the things you just want for reasons of ego. Punch down through
those layers and really find your heart's desire. What do you want
to be? Ask yourself that, and keep asking until you find a clear
and distinct answer. That answer is the meaning of your life. It
will give you a clarity of purpose, a goal which you can focus on
to rise above the irrelevant dramas of the present and something to
move toward. No matter how wild or amazing it seems, hold to it. It
is what you want the most. It is your Arete, your excellence.
Picture it clearly and often. Never, ever let it go.

Law 26

Get Your Hands Dirty

Get involved on every level. Never be above the grunt work. Make
the amount that you are willing to actually do in the pursuit of
excellence exactly this: as much as it takes. Do whatever it takes.
Make things happen. Build your castle stone by stone with your own
bare hands if you must. No task is ignominious that is part of the
pursuit of excellence.


Law 27

Utilize People's Desire to Connect to Create a Group of Staunch,
Powerful and Creative Allies

People have an overwhelming desire to believe in something. Never,
ever become the focal point of such desire. Remain grounded in
yourself, and fully human in public. Do not set yourself up to be
something you are not, because it is a gamble that you do not need
to make. Also, the benefits which it will give you will be
transitory and weak the worship that you are given by someone is
not a comment on your greatness, but on their insecurity. Instead,
remember that the greatest and most talented people in the world
need friends also. No-one is above gaining one more ally. Share
with them your vision of what you will become. Fuse your heart's
desires together into great projects. In a world filled with
apathy, indolence and selfishness, your honest pursuit of
excellence will be a breath of fresh air.

Law 28

Cultivate Effective Audacity

Hone your audacity like the edge of a blade by being audacious
whenever you can to the best of your ability. If you wish to
achieve something, but are unsure of a course of action, attempt it
anyway. Audacity and boldness are crucial skills for achieving
excellence. Even if you fail, you will learn more about taking
action, about seizing the initiative instead of overanalyzing an
opportunity until it is gone. You will learn more about how you
react under pressure, and what it feels like to face down fear.
These skills are more important than any contingent victory.
Cultivate them. Remember that any mistakes you commit through
audacity may well be corrected with more audacity as long as you
act swiftly and well.

Law 29

Make Specific, Contingent Plans

The detail is everything. Making specific plans is a creative
effort, and like any creative effort it is a skill which can be
developed to a very high level. Excellence is something that must
be cultivated, and excellence at making specific plans for
effective action is skill that is impossible to do without. No
matter how well you react to others, and no matter how effective an
opportunist you are, sooner or later you will need to seize the
initiative in a sustained way or lose it. As such, this skill, the
skill of practical planning, is effectively the skill of taking
control of your destiny. Do not be without it.

Law 30

Do Not Rely On Clever Tricks

When your actions are in line with your expertise, they are natural
and executed with ease. All the toil and practice that goes into
developing them becomes invisible. Do not feel you need to hide
this excellence is not a magic trick. It is something that you
must be developed, cultivated, built up from solid foundations.
Your excellence is not an illusion. Do not build it with clever
tricks, but around a core of rock solid central skills. You do not
need to have a dizzying repertoire of tricks let all your tricks
and shortcuts be totally incidental. Build your excellence on just
doing the obvious things really well.

Law 31

Create the Options: Play By Your Own Rules

An option is nothing more than an idea. It is very rare that there
are only two ideas which can resolve a situation. Usually, there
are millions of different ways to resolve a situation in your
favour. If you are presented with a stark choice where you lose
either way, detach your emotions from the situation and think
dispassionately and creatively. Avoid choosing the lesser of two
evils. Always look for a way out that benefits everyone involved
there is almost always one to hand.

Law 32

Appeal to People's Best Selves Give Them A Chance To Shine

The truth is often avoided because people are afraid of it. Many
people spend a great deal of time and energy building up their
fears into something big. Fear is ugly and unpleasant. Never appeal
to weakness and insecurity if you do only weakness and insecurity
will answer your call. If you build an empire on that, you are
building it on sand like a fool. The truth may be harsh, but it is
solid. Build an empire on truth and reality. It will have a strong
foundation. If you appeal to courage and excellence, courage and
excellence will answer your call. There is great power in tapping
into the excellence of the masses. That power can be focused and
unleashed, and as you build an empire of excellence in the world,
you build an empire of personal excellence inside yourself.

Law 33

Discover Each Man's Excellence

Everyone has a strength, one practical ability which they can
develop to an extremely high degree. It is what they love, it is
their passion and their calling. Whatever it is, if you can
encourage it in others, you will draw out of them all that is
highest and best. You can create extremely strong alliances this
way with people who quickly become highly effective and highly
skilled.

Law 34

Respect Yourself.

Self respect is based on a simple recognition that you are a human
being. Do not allow yourself to be treated badly. Do not compromise
your dignity. You are a human being, and all human dignity has
worth and value. Therefore your dignity itself has worth and value.
Do not compromise on disrespect. If someone disrespects you, call
them on it do not allow your feelings to be provoked, but call
them on their disrespect. Respect is something that your humanity
demands. It is not something you need to earn. It is your
birthright. Moreover, do not be cruel to yourself. Refrain from
berating yourself over past errors. You would not savagely berate
someone else for their mistakes - their humanity itself affords
them the right to err and still be of great intrinsic value. Your
humanity affords yourself the same right. Recognize that and act
accordingly.

Law 35

Master the Art of Opportunity

Your hard work and diligence is only as useful as the direction in
which you move. The opportunities that you seek are critical. Keep
a weather eye out for any chance of a break, and if you get one,
act swiftly and decisively. Your plans exist for you to seize the
initiative, but always understand that it is only through
capitalizing on the opportunities that are presented to you, and
the opportunities created by your victories that you will achieve
greatly. If you fail to take an opportunity, or fail to capitalize
on an opening, do not beat yourself up. Redouble your efforts.
Create another opening. Capitalize on that. Seize opportunities
with both hands. Drop everything and pursue them trust your
instincts. They are what you have been waiting for.

Law 36

Disdain Things you cannot have: Ignoring them is the best Revenge

By focusing on problem, dramas and conflicts you distract yourself
from your goal personal excellence, alliance and the attainment of
your heart's desire. At the same time, you will encounter a myriad
of problems, dramas and conflicts in your pursuit of excellence.
Sometimes these things cannot be avoided. Some battles must be
fought. What you focus on is what life gives you. When facing
problems, focus on solutions. When facing drama, focus on
resolution. When faced with conflict, focus on victory.

Law 37

Be Spectacular

Let your excellence be a beacon to others. Develop yourself until
you can compete at the highest degree, and win. Be a fireworks
display of humanity, a living example of what can be achieved
through endurance, faith and courage. Find an arena where you can
excel openly, and excel there. Dominate it. Own it. Once you have
demonstrated that it is your own, find a bigger arena. Inspired by
your excellence, others will join with you, lift you higher and
raise themselves up in turn.

Law 38

Cultivate the skill of connecting with others, And Guard Against
Arrogance

If you have the ability to genuinely connect with others, you can
go against the times, explore and utilize unconventional ideas and
ground breaking methods, and people will still love you for who you
are. Never lose touch with your humanity, for if you do you will
lose touch with the humanity of others. Make sure that you
cultivate a love of humanity as part of your excellence disdain
for the weak is the thin end of the wedge of arrogance. Look for
the humanity in others, and cultivate compassion for those who live
enslaved by fear. Do not allow them to infect you with doubt, but
do not let them infect you with a sense of superiority either. The
only person you can gauge your success by is you.

Law 39

Let Your Enemies Defeat Themselves

Do not provoke others into conflict for the sake of glory. At the
same time, understand that in attempting to better yourself, in
pursuing excellence, you will threaten others who will seek to
attack you and bring you down. Answer only the intellectual content
of their attacks, and do not repay their vitriol in kind. Always
seek to link your ideas with theirs over shared common ground
instead of annihilating their intellectual position it is always
better to broaden your position so that it includes the main thrust
of their attack within it. In doing so, you will undercut their
attack and broaden your perspective. If they continue to attack
you, it will be increasingly obvious to anyone that they are not
motivated by rational concerns, but by jealousy, envy and spite.
They will lose by default.

Law 40

Despise the f r e e Lunch

Learn to accept help from others when it is offered. Your pursuit
of excellence will be inspiring to many who you cannot directly
assist. If they wish to help you, accept their help. Generosity is
a blessing which can center a person and transcend the petty
concerns in which they are bogged down. It allows them to become
part of something higher and greater, and their assistance to you,
as an act of kindness on their part, allows them to pursue
excellence in their own lives. There is nothing to fear from
accepting help when it is genuinely and f r e e ly offered. At the
same time be mindful that no-one uses the memory of past assistance
to blackmail you emotionally into compromising yourself.

Law 41

Stand on the Shoulders Of Giants

Do not try to reinvent the wheel. Learn from others and then
develop new directions with innovation and creativity. Always
strive to be at the cutting edge. Do not slavishly follow anyone,
and appreciate the fallible humanity of those you look up to. All
the legends in your chosen field of excellence were nothing more
than people, just like you. You are capable of more than them. Much
more. Think of them as the people who cleared the path for you to
blaze a trail further, brighter and higher than any who have come
before.

Law 42

Be Mindful Of The Profoundly And Consciously Selfish

Understand that some people who attack you will do so convincingly
and well. They are threatened by the existence of excellence
because they worship self-interest, manipulation and the control of
others. You, and especially your success, represents a critical
threat to the entire belief systems of these people, and they dare
not face the darkness in their own hearts because, in truth, it
terrifies them. If you come across such people, avoid them like the
plague. Cut them completely out of your life. They will become a
convergence point for dissident elements who wish to attack
excellence itself. Do not play by their rules, do not get sucked in
to their games, and remember this like vampires, they thrive on
shadows and darkness. They cannot stand the light of day. Do your
work in the open, and they will be unable to move against you
decisively without revealing their rotten nature.

Law 43

Connect With the Hearts and Minds of Others

If you openly coerce someone into helping you, they will nurse a
grudge and wait for an opportunity to take you down. Even if they
do not do this, they will spread poison behind your back, slipping
stilettos of doubt between the ribs of those who can help you. If
you manipulate someone into helping you out, the second they
realize they are your pawn they will attack you with a vengeance
many times as powerful as if you had openly coerced them. Moreover,
they will spread the truth of your deceitful nature among your
allies, and weaken your alliances. Coercion and manipulation are
desperate fall-back options when everything else has already
failed. As lifestyle choices, they are doomed to failure. Instead,
connect with someone's strengths. Do this by finding common cause
among others who pursue excellence, and those who you inspire to
pursue excellence. Do it also by forging true friendships among
those you work with.

Law 44

Your fear is your compass.

Do not build coping strategies to work your way around the things
you fear the most. Face them head on. The fact is that fear is the
root of every insecurity, every failure, every regret that you use
to beat yourself up with when you are feeling low. Defeating it is
not an optional extra. It is the critical flaw that has held you
back, and you must overcome it. Overcoming fear does not mean
becoming fearless. It means getting angry. Become furious at your
fear. Go straight for it, straight for the throat. Savage it. Never
let it get away with controlling you. It has nothing but your
failure at heart. It is your enemy. It is your greatest foe. It is
in many ways, your only true enemy. Fight it always, with righteous
fury. Whatever you are most afraid of is what you should be doing
right now in order to be f r e e .

Law 45

Embrace Change, but Keep a sense of direction and reality

The pursuit of excellence has internal and external aspects.
Internally, fight your fear and fix your heart's desire as your
ultimate goal. Externally, face your fear in reality day after day,
and forge your heart's desire into something real and amazing with
endurance, opportunism and courage. As you do this, make certain
though that you keep yourself grounded. If you lose touch with
reality, you will have failed. If you become lost in dreaming, you
will have failed. Excellence is something that must be real, that
must be realized, that must be pushed into actuality through force
of will. Reality is the ultimate testing ground for excellence.
Excellence must be given form in reality for it to have any
meaning. Honing yourself is a key facet of excellence, but do not
get lost in sharpening a sword you never draw in battle. If you
never wield your excellence in reality then you might as well not
waste your time honing it at all.


Law 46

Excellence is not perfection; Excellence is better.

Seeking perfection is self-defeating because perfection is static.
This means firstly that, as a static concept, it has no existence
in the real world. Secondly it means that a perfect thing is
something that has been completed, and thus ended. If you seek to
perfect yourself, you are really seeking to end yourself. To finish
yourself. If you seek something long enough, you will achieve it.
Excellence is dynamic, and as such it has no limits. If you seek
excellence, you are seeking to reach a state of positive dynamism
that is greater than anything yet seen. Excellence, unlike
perfection, leaves infinite room for personality, style, panache
and flair. As such, this quest is both endless, and endlessly
worthwhile.

Law 47

Remain grounded in reality but reach for the stars

Each victory is nothing more than a way point. Excellence is never
complete. Each victory is simply an opportunity to capitalize upon
and no victory, no matter how absolute, is ever the end of the
story. It is only the end of the chapter, and it opens the doorway
to the achievement of even greater things.

Law 48

Seek Excellence, and not Perfection

Excellence is your birthright as a man. If unclaimed, it will
forever elude you. If you turn your whole life to it's pursuit, the
world will salute you for your courage, and you will open the door
to the greatest future of which you are capable. Ultimately, the
universe is a mirror. If you make excellence the core of your
heart, excellence will find you and you will live an excellent
life. It will, at times, be hard. It will, at times, be scary. But
it will always, in some way, be excellent. As will you.
Law 49

Drink like it's your last night on earth.

It very well may be. Get shedded. Don't hurt anyone. Eat spicy meat in foreign bread. Sleep in your clothes.
 
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:D But if all the above should fail become a HERMIT and drink a lot :roll:
 
#8
Dull American cack.
 
#9
Law 4
Always Say Exactly Enough To Be Understood Perfectly

Language is a tool. Use it. Learn how to use it as a master
violinist plays a violin. It's purpose is simple - the
communication of ideas, feelings and concepts. Use it to
communicate your intentions and plans, to inspire others to join
with you. Just don't talk too much for too long. You have work to
do.


And then drag out saying the same few (albeit valid) points for another 44 laws? Hardly succinct or memorable is it?

Some good stuff, but reworded and rephrased to pad the list out. I am sure these could be compiled into half a dozen key points.

And that's a constructive contribution, before anyone ignores me for being sceptical or negative (Law 10). :D
 
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MSR recently recorded:

Law 20

Commit to your conscience, Commit to yourself.

Your moral sense is the core of your being, whether you like it or
not.
-italics added. Never be ashamed to act upon what you believe to be right. At the same time, and as much as is possible, retain your integrity, and hold control of your anger. Always control your indignation do not allow it to control you. At the same time, your morality is
critical. It drives you to do what is highest and best, and it will
show you the path that your life should be taking, if you let it.
Listen to it, and commit to its call. It is the heart of you. If
you walk in tune with your morality, you will be at peace with
yourself, even if the road you tread is a difficult one.


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You think nothing of perjuring yourself by lying in court that 'Soldier X is a great bloke with a promising career' despite the fact that he's as guilty as a puppy sitting next to a pile of poo....
So I ask Dear all...

Interested to see comments on this aspect of 'institutionalism', if it exists at all, and any individual Moral Integrity that also may, or may not exist, by giving you a salient example by of a difficult scenario that was put across me recently.

Scenario

Me, final Commissioning/pre-deployment interview, Full Col, brilliant at 'Devil's Advocate' in questioning this Col, no fu*king about at all.

Col: "So, Mr. X, imagine for a minute you are a Junior Officer in Iraq, you come around the corner of an outbuilding on base to see your A1 brilliant SNCO chap holding an Iraqi in a chokehold (the Iraqi who appears to have been roughed up) preparing to 'beat the sh*t out of him' [Col's words here]. What do you do? Do you collar him? Are you prepared to end this chap's career? And what do you do about the Iraqi who is now running about the community telling everyone that 'The British Army' beat him up?" No further info variables given, eg., under fire, Op Security...and the like.

So, what would you out there in The Ether, being of the responsible Officer class, and therefore typically wearing many hats at the same time, do in such a situation, if you were unfortunate enough to be tasked?

NB. I would say, not interested in the 'Kill Em All'-type response, but that would be prejudicial and could therefore exclude other Officers who are tasked with a helping running very distincts parts of The Army from what will likely be required of me.

I am not afraid to say that my answer to this particular Col. caused me a somewhat sleepless night...da*m the man who invented the implement, the mirror.
 
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I'm not comfortable with someone nicking my avatar! Change it!
 
#12
WaitIhaveanidea said:
Scenario

Me, final Commissioning/pre-deployment interview, Full Col, brilliant at 'Devil's Advocate' in questioning this Col, no fu*king about at all.

Col: "So, Mr. X, imagine for a minute you are a Junior Officer in Iraq, you come around the corner of an outbuilding on base to see your A1 brilliant SNCO chap holding an Iraqi in a chokehold (the Iraqi who appears to have been roughed up) preparing to 'beat the sh*t out of him' [Col's words here]. What do you do? Do you collar him? Are you prepared to end this chap's career? And what do you do about the Iraqi who is now running about the community telling everyone that 'The British Army' beat him up?"
And you have to ask this on arrse because....?

msr
 
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Edited to add: Hoping this comment may add to the bringing of 'ARSE chat' back up to the realm level that 5-10% of the UK population should be comfortable having a chat in/under/around/over/about...IMHO lately the intellectual chat has appeared a bit net-caught-Tuna!

Being a committed Masochist, I eagerly await the basting.....
 
#14
MSR, make him change his avatar!!!
 
#15
I'm not comfortable with someone nicking my avatar! Change it!
Who nicked who then I wonder...maybe RAF Waddington back in the day, early 2000s Media literature was mixed up then mate ( mate meant to include both sexes, of course)

Cracking pic though, isn't it......
 
#17
MSR-agreed. Just looking for 'variants' that may satisfy curiousity on Ethics, as this seems to be foremost lately.

Wench-Never easy crossing over is it...? Give us a shout so we can discuss the old days....Gosh, I have missed the old group, thought I was the last (tel provided in PM)...if you are not who I suspect you are (female, avg. height,nose slightly 'horse-like'...you get idea, so be v. careful how you use pics matey!) well, then maybe change your visio-identifiers.

As to core Values & Standards of The Britsh Army, regardless of situation on the ground at particular second, I don't think that this has been put to bed.
 
#18
WIHAI, do you speak English?
 
#19
Wench3000 said:
WIHAI, do you speak English?
WaitIhaveanidea said:
Edited to add: Hoping this comment may add to the bringing of 'ARSE chat' back up to the realm level that 5-10% of the UK population should be comfortable having a chat in/under/around/over/about...IMHO lately the intellectual chat has appeared a bit net-caught-Tuna!
Apparently not...
 
#20
WaitIhaveanidea said:
As to core Values & Standards of The Britsh Army, regardless of situation on the ground at particular second, I don't think that this has been put to bed.
Unless you can quote the paragraph from the MATTs which lists the occasions that the values and standards do not apply then it very much has.

FFS you are going to be one of the people whose job it is to maintain them. If you can't see this then perhaps going for a commission is not for you..

msr
 

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