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    msr LE

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.
  4. No further questions M'Lud.
  5. Good post, I think I'll be using a few of those lines in an up coming activity.
  6. 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.
  7. :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

    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
  10. MSR recently recorded:

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    Post subject: Re: Institutionalism?and individual Moral Courage as Officer

    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.


    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.
  11. I'm not comfortable with someone nicking my avatar! Change it!
  12. msr

    msr LE

    And you have to ask this on arrse because....?

  13. 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. 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......