If there is one incident that illustrates perfectly the sheer PRACTICALITY of the Napoleon Hill saying “Every adversity, every misfortune, every unfortunate occurrence carries within in it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit”, it is what is going on in the world today.
Note that the great man did NOT say the flower of full blown success, but the seed from which said plant may be said to germinate.
And astounding as it might sound, the current India – China conflict going on that yours truly has written so much about is a perfect example of this.
Now don’t get me wrong, first off.
Lots of people think I “want” war between the two nations and more.
You couldn’t be more wrong if you thought so my friend. Or if you think so. Or if you even think so in the tiniest bit, way, shape or form.
Unfortunately, sometimes harsh steps need to be taken in order to contain a growing menace that knows no limits and has NO mercy whatsoever. And the same can be said of this conflict.
Everyone knows why, so I won’t get into that here, but rest assured that it’s almost inevitable it will happen.
And the world will get dragged into it, big time.
Do I want it? No. Would I be glad to be proven wrong? Hell yeah! (yes, Charles, there are no prizes for being right as you keep telling me, but are there any for being WRONG? I never did get an answer to that! ?).
But anyway . . .
If there is one truism that emerges from all this, it is what the late Deng Xiaoping, truly a great leader had to say on China back in the day.
And it’s imperialist and other ambitions.
Hide your strength, bide your time
I have made NO secret of the FACT that I don’t regard the CCP and Chinese leadership in general as being even human, let alone have a shred of respect for them.
I don’t, due to obvious reasons.
But, and this alone will probably cause most people reading this to hit “unsubscribe”, he was the very best leader China has ever had. Certainly better than Mao and Xi Jingping, both of whom fit the “buffoon” category perfectly (the former in some ways more so than the latter, but not a lot more).
Conversely, Deng was a practical man.
And it is HE that caused China to literally emerge from the ashes and turn into the rogue nation it is today . . . or should I say, have the economic heft to try and be one.
It is HE that almost single handedly pulled almost a billion plus people out of abject poverty.
And were his methods pretty?
Do I support Tinanemen? Do I support the one child policy? Do I support the hukous system?
But in that day and age, those sort of drastic actions had to be taken and he made those tough decisions, and look where China is today.
And he was a huge, huge proponent of “hiding your strengths and biding your time” until it truly WAS or IS time to reveal them strengths.
Which is a different way of saying what Napoleon Hill did.
“Tell the world what you’re going to do, but show it first!”
AT the right time . . .
And ole Deng, I can promise you, would probably be turning over in his grave right about now if he knew what was going on now.
Ole Deng was NOT a proponent of “imperialism”. Economically, YES, he wanted China to be a force to be reckoned with and then some, much like Japan.
But nothing further than that, I truly believe, and yes, I can’t prove it, but not everything HAS to be proven.
And if China truly was the economic superpower it claims to be, things would have fallen into place a long time ago. It isn’t, and they haven’t, and . . .
But anyway, Deng as I’ve said before is NOT the person responsible for the “Get rich at any costs” or the “To be rich is glorious” sayings both of which are INCORRECTLY attributed to him.
I’ve written about it on both the blogs, but the translation of what he said was “If some people get rich, that is a good thing”.
And he said that w.r.t opening the country up economically, and he was dead on RIGHT.
And he was even righter (is that even a word? Hehe) about the “hide your strength, bide your time” thingy.
When someone comes up to you as you’re starting a goal, or on your way there telling you “you’ll never get there”, or “you’ll never lose that weight”, or “you’ll never be strong enough”, or any of the other BS you might expect, one response might be to tell them (as I wrote in the last email) to go to hell.
Straight to hell.
Do so, but do so mentally, my friend.
Let the naysayers neigh, and always remember, any time someone says “no” they have themselves activated a large percentage of the forces responsible for you to do the exact opposite, and then some.
IT’s happened to me on so many occasiona I can hardly recount them all!
Same thing applies to fitness.
If the studs at the gym laugh at the pot belly you’ve got and your inability to do pull-ups, and call you a bonafide DUD at ‘em . . . well, let ‘em.
First thing you know, they’re right.
Second, get cracking on the courses on pull-ups. WORK towards your goal. Before long, you’ll be EQUALLING if not surpassing the braggarts, and that, my friend, will truly be the time to SHOW your strength as opposed to hide it.
There is a time and place for everything!
And by biding your time, and NOT telling the world about your goals or “reacting” when they criticize you or do your best to bring you down (believe me, I should know!) you eliminate any and all NEGATIVE energy that stands between you and your goal.
And channel the remaining bit of it wholeheartedly and FULL BLOODEDLY … into your goal!
And as Maximus Aurelius (I believe) a.k.a Russell Crowe said in the Gladiator,
“And victory shall be mine, in this life or the next!”
Armed with that belief and knowledge, there is nothing that can stand between you and success.
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(Edit – funnily enough it seems, and I’ve been saying this too, that India of all nations is following the “hide your strength, bide your time” maxim right about now. At least I hope that’s what they are doing, notwithstanding what their defence minister said!
Are we (those of subcontinental and Oriental origin) “Really all Asians”?
I’ve often been asked if I’m Chinese in mainland China. “You have yellow skin!”
And ole Deng looks half Indian to me to be honest, if you were to take the eyes away . . . and replace them with “bigger” or closer set eyes. Hehe.
Much like my ex boss Freddie, a great guy of Chinese origin and who was often called Indian!
Anyway, enough rambling on my part. Back soon – but hey – the message STANDS! ?).