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You Must Have No Enemies

No Enemies

No Enemies

You must have no enemies to succeed. If you feel left behind in life, pay attention to this story.

In 2023, MAPPA released the masterpiece “Vinland Saga Season 2”. This show tells the story of Thorfinn, a young Viking warrior who killed his longtime enemy, Askeladd to avenge his father’s death.

When Thorfinn eventually kills Askeladd, he loses his purpose in life. He turns from a mighty warrior to a slave with a broken spirit working for a farmer.

However, as the years go by, He works alongside Einar, another slave, and the two develop a strong friendship.

Thorfinn slowly discovers purpose through hardwork and starts to consider a more peaceful existence.

The truth Discovered by Thorfinn

You see, during his enslavement, Thorfinn realizes a harrowing truth: the mile-long road of men he’s slaughtered in pursuit of avenging his father’s death led to his undoing.

With this truth, the once-fearsome Viking warrior chooses a new purpose: rid the world of war and slavery.

When you think his tale is going to end well, the past comes to haunt Thorfinn.

An all-out war breaks in the remaining parts of Europe and the new king decides to attack the farmland where Thorfinn stays.

Thorfinn’s new philosophy is put into test when he comes to face to face with the new king and his army.

The Quest for no Enemies

War for Vikings serves as a testing ground where victors reap the spoils on the merit of how many people they slaughtered and sold. Or vie for a warrior’s death that would grant them entry into Valhalla – the promised land.

Thorfinn then realizes that his initial brutal and revenge seeking lifestyle has been caused by a series of tactical errors.

I’ll come back to tactical errors in a bit.

While contemplating on how to convince his enemies to stop this war, he remembers the words of his father who had embraced a life of peace:

“You have no enemies. No one in the world is your enemy. There is no one you need to hurt.’

Think on the above line for a while.

When its meaning is clear, then continue reading.

Now let’s talk about tactical errors.

Tactical errors

In football, a tactical error is when a manager makes a mistake without external pressure.

It’s a mistake that happens when the team’s strategy itself is flawed or players don’t execute it properly.

Can you imagine being at the top of your league, yet your mistakes keep costing you the trophy.

The best managers in the world have suffered this.

Carlo Ancelotti, Pep Guardiola, and Mikel Arteta are known for their consistency and discipline. But they have all made tactical errors that cost them trophies.

In the 2005 Champions League Final, Ancelotti’s Milan were up 3-0 at halftime but made errors that allowed Liverpool to come back and win.

In the 2021 UEFA Champions League Final, Guardiola played without a natural defensive midfielder. This was widely seen as a tactical error. Chelsea won the match 1-0, exploiting the gaps in City’s midfield.

Just this weekend, in the 2023/2024 Premier League final run, Arteta made a tactical formation error in a decisive match against Aston Villa and lost the game. This gave Manchester City the chance to go on top of the table and eventually win the Premier League.

While I don’t know what went through the minds of these managers in those moments – the leading cause of these errors is ego and flexibility. Some managers are overly wedded to their tactical philosophies and struggle to adapt during the game, even if the initial approach isn’t working.

Beware of your tactical Errors

Now look back at some of your tactical errors in the past few months.

Those moments when your ego caught up with you, preventing you from doing your best – not because you lacked the abilities, connections, or resources to pull it off.

The moments you tried to hide your talent from the public because of resurfaced rejections from the past.

Those moments you refuse to share your ideas because you don’t want to go the extra mile and be held accountable.

I can totally relate…. It’s difficult to reflect on, but dodging problems is a game for babies.

I need you to go to your battlefield and confront the enemies in front of you.

You will still win in life, my guy.

You are the deserving favorite and have spent your entire life preparing for this premier league title. But you must end the mental battle.

These are the different endings to those movies you keep seeing over and over in your head. That heart break, that wasted chance, the absence of a parent.

The conversations you can’t stop having in your head with your ‘village people’. But you eventually found your voice long after you realized you stay in the city?

Do you get the gist?

You can’t bring all this extra luggage around with you in the end game.

Yes, we are all not immune, but raising awareness is the first step.

Focus on what truly matters.

Tell yourself – “You have no enemies. There is no one you need to hurt.”

And then do your utmost best.

 

All Hits No Misses: A Review

All hits. No misses. 17 articles in total written in 2024 so far.

So here is the list:

JANUARY 2024:

FOCUS: How to Keep Accomplishing Tasks Until You are Successful

To always accomplish your tasks and activities successfully, the ability to be composed, clear-headed and cool even under pressure is what will separate you from the non-doers. You must practice being able to focus.

Learn how to stay focused, avoid distractions and keep moving forward till you accomplish your tasks.

A Solution to Always Complete Your Goals

You need consistency. Consistency helps you get better at things. When you consistently work towards a goal, you are more likely to succeed. It’s like taking small steps every day towards something big.

Learn what you need to be consistent and always accomplish any goal you have.

Is it Time to Change Your Attitude?

Your mindset can empower or hold you back. This means you must always choose the mindset that serve you best. The right mindset leaves room for curiosity and innovation. With the right mindset, you’re more willing to learn and try new things, leading to personal and professional growth.

Learn how you can have a resilient attitude that you can be proud of.

Master the Art of Deep Work This Year

Think of deep work as your brain’s ultimate gym. It’s about getting into “the zone,” where hours melt away and you emerge with a masterpiece, a new skill conquered, or a problem cracked wide open. When pursuing your goals, it’s not just about working hard, it’s about working deeply.

Learn how to enter and master the art of deep work.

FEBRUARY 2024:

The Best Way to Handle People

Over 30 million copies of “How To Win Friends and Influence People.”  have been sold worldwide, and even recommended by Warren Buffet. Carnegie’s book is full of timeless wisdom and insights that you can use to bring out the best in your relationships.

In the first section of the book, Carnegie shared the fundamental techniques in handling people. He also narrates stories of people who achieved extraordinary progress in their businesses, politics, and career. Because they applied these methods to bring out the best in their relationships.

This article shows you the main techniques, so you don’t have to spend hours studying his book. Or tens of other relationship books.

How to Make People Like You

Your happiness and success at work can be strongly influenced by how well-liked you are by others.

People that are likable are regularly better at influencing others—whether it’s convincing coworkers, winning over ideas, or boosting team spirit. Stronger, deeper connections with others can also be nurtured by your likability, and this results in sustaining friendships and partnerships.

This article shows you the four quick ways to make people like you.

Always Win People Over With These Techniques

You can build stronger relationships with friends, family, and coworkers when you can convince people of your points of view and effectively convey them. Gaining the ability to comprehend diverse viewpoints and communicate effectively can help you grow personally. This in turn boosts your flexibility, empathy, and critical thinking.

This article shows the principles you can apply to always win people over to your side.

How to Truly Change People as a Leader

The role of a leader is to coach, guide and inspire others. To perform this role excellently, a leader’s job often includes changing your people’s attitudes and behavior. And there are mistakes you must avoid in performing this role of positively influencing people for good.

These suggestions shared in the article are from the famous book – How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

MARCH 2024:

What It Means to Productize Yourself

Productizing yourself means that you must figure out what you’re uniquely good at and apply as much leverage as possible. It’s like taking the best of what you are and packaging it in a way that creates value for others. This concept is common in entrepreneurship, freelancing, consulting, and personal branding.

Read this article to apply this concept to yourself today.

Always Maintain a Main Character Energy

Getting through your work and doing your job (or business) to make money is a multi-player game you are currently engaged in. However, your mindset and how happy or miserable you are – this is entirely up to you. Because Life itself is a single-player game. And you are the main character.

Read this article to reflect on what it means to be a main character.

How to Fall in Love with Reading

By embracing the joy of reading, you unlock a world of knowledge and empower yourself to excel in all aspects of life. Reading also enhances your writing skills and communication abilities. And these are valuable assets in any profession.

Read this article to learn why reading is essential, what to read, and most importantly, how to love the process.

A Unique Way to Level Up Your Life

The modern struggle is Lone individuals summoning inhuman willpower, fasting, meditating, and exercising… Up against armies of scientists and statisticians weaponizing abundant food, screens, and medicine into junk food, clickbait news, infinite porn, endless games, and addictive drugs.

The concept of “Solo Leveling” is a brilliant way to learn how to level up your life. Read this article to see how the concept of Solo Leveling can apply in you in real life.

APRIL 2024:

Receive and Give the Best Form of Feedback

If you’re serious about rapidly enhancing your skills and achieving your goals, you need the best form of feedback – the kind that not only points out what you’re doing wrong but shows you how to fix it.

This article will show you exactly how to do that.

What it means to be Truly Happy

If you constantly walk around thinking, “I need this,” or “I need that,” trapped in the web of desires – you are not happy. Happiness is the state when nothing is missing. When nothing is missing, your mind shuts down and stops running into the past or future to regret something or to plan something.

This article talks about what it means to be truly happy. The guidelines are also gotten from the Almanack of Naval Ravikant.

The Simple Truths of Life

This is a list of simple life truths from a book – Habits of the Household by Justin Earl. These statements reveal the simplicity and truth of living. These truths should remind you on what life is really all about. No need to overcomplicate things. These truths might feel radical or religious, but the most radical truths are really simple ones.

This article lists these simple truths of life.

The Rules of a Magical Life

The ability to achieve in silence and celebrate in style can seem like a lost art form in a culture that frequently prioritizes oversharing and instant gratification. But this strategy not only has the secret to success; it also has similarities to the basic laws of magic, which, when applied to everyday life, open up a whole new range of opportunities.

Living a magical life is learning a secret recipe to success – hidden in plain sight yet accessible only to a chosen few. Read this article to find out more.

Magical Life: Build in Secret, Celebrate in Public

Living a magical life is learning a secret recipe to success –  hidden in plain sight yet accessible only to a chosen few.

The ability to achieve in silence and celebrate in style can seem like a lost art form in a culture that frequently prioritizes oversharing and instant gratification. But this strategy not only has the secret to success; it also has similarities to the basic laws of magic, which, when applied to everyday life, open up a whole new range of opportunities.

A magical Life

A magical Life

Imagine if life’s strategies mirrored the art of magic, where silence speaks volumes and achievements are the grand reveal.

Two weeks ago, I read a newsletter that discusses the fundamental rules of magic that apply to life as well. I will share these rules in this article, but we will get to it later.

Just Last week Thursday, I saw a short article from Instagram that confirmed this theory:

MOVE SILENTLY, CELEBRATE PUBLICLY

Buy land in secret. Build the house in secret. Then do the housewarming party with publicity.

Date in secret. Propose in secret. Then marry in front of a crowd.

Let your haters only see your reality, never your vision, or you will have division.

In a game of chess, you don’t speak. You just act. The only time that you ever speak when playing chess is to say checkmate.

Life is like chess. Don’t broadcast your intentions. Act quietly.

Keep achieving. Your achievements are your checkmate.

In other words, you must achieve in silence and celebrate in style.

THE WISDOM OF THE SILENT CONQUEROR

Become the Silent Conqueror.

The mindset of the “Silent Conqueror” provides a novel viewpoint in a world that frequently confuses noise for success. True success comes from taking deliberate, quiet action rather than announcing our intentions to the world.

When Apostle Paul said “and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need,  I understand his words better now.

It’s often best to show your success before you show workings.

THE 4 RULES OF MAGIC (FOR A MAGICAL LIFE TOO)

Interestingly, the principles of the “Silent Conqueror” philosophy align with the fundamental rules of magic, as outlined in the newsletter I mentioned earlier. These rules serve as a framework for achieving success through strategic silence and calculated reveals.

Now, these were the 4 fundamental rules of magic I got from the newsletter:

Rule 1: Do not perform the same trick in front of the same audience too many times.

By mathematical probability, you’re bound to slip and the trick would be figured out eventually.

Just perform it well one time and let them retell the legend.

In life, stop oversharing or constantly broadcasting your plans, as doing so can diminish the impact of your achievements.

Rule 2: A good performance is a dramatic one.

Creating a sense of anticipation and buildup before unveiling your accomplishments.

This allows them to have a greater impact and leave a lasting impression.

Rule 3: Choose your collaborators wisely.

You will often need at least one collaborator in whom you may have to entrust the secret of this trick.

In the pursuit of success, Choose your confidants and allies wisely, entrusting them with the secrets of your vision while ensuring they share your commitment to discretion.

Pick this person carefully and wisely.

RULE 4: Overcome the ego’s desire to be seen as smart by blabbing about the workings of the trick.

Be humble.

Always recognize that true mastery lies not in boasting about your methods but in allowing your achievements to speak for themselves.

This is perhaps the most profound of these rules.

Meditate on these rules and apply them strategically.

FINAL WORDS

You are part of the elite, already steps ahead of the common masses.

Remember, real mastery lies not in broadcasting your intentions but in allowing your achievements to be your checkmate – the moment when your silent moves become loud victories.

So, embrace the art of silence, trust in the process, and let your actions speak louder than words. The world is waiting to be captivated by the magical life you create when you achieve in silence and celebrate in style.

Your goal is Silent Moves, Loud Victories.