"I have often laughed at the weaklings who thought themselves good because they had no claws."
Scipio, who was a Roman general and eventually became Hannibal’s nemesis. So let me first tell you about Scipio. In his youth, Scipio was one of those Romans who lost everything to Hannibal. He was a soldier in the Roman armies Hannibal defeated, and narrowly got away with his own life. And he was the son and nephew of Roman commanders whom Hannibal’s brothers killed in battle. So Hannibal’s family wiped out Scipio’s family. Disaster.
But for Scipio, disaster was an impostor. It had the paradoxical effect of liberating his imagination, once he had nothing left to lose. So he became, in effect, a younger Hannibal. He had bold ideas, and reinvented Roman strategy. And that defeated Hannibal. Scipio is, in a word, reversal.
Hannibal’s life, my life, your life, anybody’s life – that whatever at first seems like failure or success does not necessarily turn out that way. It’s what success or failure makes you become that matters. If your success takes your imagination and creativity captive like a prisoner – and it has a strange way of doing that, as I describe by looking at Hannibal and Einstein, for instance – then it is really disaster. If your failure liberates you from staying on the wrong path – as it did for Hannibal’s enemy Scipio, for Steve Jobs or for Eleanor Roosevelt – then it is really a blessing. But you have to see it as such, of course. You have see through the impostors.
Hannibal’s style of winning is one of the things that make him so modern and universal, so relevant in martial arts, in business, in sports, in politics and so forth, even in erotic seduction. Hannibal basically made his enemies defeat themselves. I compare him to an Aikido master. Hannibal, like an Aikido master, “allowed” his opponents to lose their balance, then “allowed” them to fail. It was genius, but I think you and I can copy aspects of his method in our daily lives.
'Run, if you think it will save you.
Pray, if you think it will save you.’
Coolest fucking band on the planet. Saw them live last night. Got high with them for 3 hours after the show and brought them to the shittiest Mcdonalds in Toronto. CJ, if you’re reading this, those were some amazing mcflurrys.
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From quite early on, I had this idea of compartmentalized identities - ‘this is how you are when you are with your mom, and this is how you are when you are with your dad’ - so it seemed like I could never absolutely be myself. And the image of myself as compromised and inconsistent made me want to withdraw from the world even further. I had a sense of formulating a paper-mache version of myself to send out in the world, while I sat controlling it remotely from some smug suburban barracks.
Bill Shankly: “I was the best manager in Britain because I was never devious or cheated anyone. I’d break my wife’s legs if I played against her, but I’d never cheat her.”
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The satanic bible is actually the ultimate self-help book. It’s not about worshipping the devil. It’s about believing in yourself first and foremost and not wasting your time on psychic vampires. If you read it, You might learn a thing or two because it actually makes a hell of a lot more sense than the gobbledygook you’re passing off on the average everyday barnes & noble bottom-feeder. That’s right – I’ve read your book. I want my money back.
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