Hannibal and Me: What History's Greatest Military Strategist Can Teach Us About Success and Failu re

By Andreas Kluth

The lifetime of Hannibal, the Carthaginian common who crossed the Alps along with his military in 218 BCE, is the stuff of legend. And the epic offerings he and his Roman enemies made at the battlefield and in existence supply undying classes to us at the present time approximately how we should always reply to our personal victories and defeats. encouraged by way of historical background, Hannibal and Me explores the triumphs and failures in our lives by means of reading the selections made by way of Hannibal and others, together with Albert Einstein, Eleanor Roosevelt, Steve Jobs, Ernest Shackleton, and Paul Cézanne. Kluth indicates why a few triumph over failure and others succumb to it, and why a few fall sufferer to good fortune whereas others thrive on it. the result's a page-turning experience story, a compelling human drama, and an insightful consultant to realizing habit.

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THE GENIUS of a Hannibal or a Meriwether Lewis desires to burst out and alter the realm. while you are that kind, your luck, if it comes, may be explosive. The temperament of a Truman or an Uncle Lulu slowly and steadily matures to develop into integrity. while you are that sort, luck, if it comes, most likely arrives extra steadily and later in existence. those temperaments are inclined to bring about very varied existence trajectories. these pursuing their colossal dream may possibly in achieving magnificent good fortune early in lifestyles; these wandering via their early years may well discover a extra slow acceptance later in lifestyles. it's possible you'll name the 1st trajectory one among towering peaks, the opposite one among lightly emerging hills. because it occurs, towering peaks might be lethal. 1 examine, for instance, the tale of Abraham and Isaac within the Bible. 4 TOWERING PEAKS No a part of earth reaches the sky; no top is insuperable to males. —Hannibal You, to not succeed, i believe you misinform your self! i've got already instructed you: within the artist there are males, the poet and the workman. One is born a poet, one turns into a workman. And… you bitch whilst all you must prevail is to workout your arms, to develop into a workman! —Émile Zola in a letter to Paul Cézanne Arange of towering peaks stood among Hannibal in his Iberian base and the Romans at the Italian peninsula: the Alps. Hannibal knew that the Romans idea that no military may perhaps pass those mountains. sure, the nice hero Hercules had as soon as crossed the Alps whilst he was once returning with a herd of livestock from Iberia, through Italy, to Greece. yet Hercules was once the son of Jupiter and have become immortal. And sure, there can have been a few wild, slightly human Gauls dwelling within the foothills. however the Romans have been certain that for civilized and mortal humans, let alone complete armies with provide trains, the Alps have been an impenetrable barrier. No maps existed of the glaciers, peaks, and passes. Above the timberline, there has been little to devour and no shield, purely lethal crevasses and ice polished blue by way of whipping gales. To Hannibal, considering his target of conquering Rome, those similar peaks, lengthy ahead of he observed them, shaped the correct threshold—physically and psychologically—for his quest. the truth that in simple terms Hercules had crossed them earlier than made him much more keen. He may take an identical course that Hercules had taken to illustrate to the entire Mediterranean peoples that he used to be their new hero. finally, Hercules, having crossed the Alps, had long past to the precise web site the place Rome might later stand and killed a vicious ogre. 1 Now Rome itself had turn into that ogre, and Hannibal might free up the Italians from its tyranny. He could do whatever so daring that the Romans couldn't think it and accordingly have been not likely to devise for it. His feat will be actually Herculean. Hannibal determined to take his military around the Alps. HANNIBAL’S MOTIVATION in hatching this plan used to be definitely partly romantic: he was once twenty-nine and observed himself as Hamilcar’s lion cub became Carthage’s roaring lion with a full-grown mane just like the one Hercules had worn as a helmet.

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