Jan 8, 2016

Review: Alexander the Great: The Macedonian Who Conquered the World

Alexander the Great: The Macedonian Who Conquered the World Alexander the Great: The Macedonian Who Conquered the World by Sean Patrick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this as a free book for Kindle reader. I first thought that this book involves my favorite Hero Alexander conquest, but the book deals about motivation factors, taking up the life of Alexander's military conquest as an example.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The author Sean Patrick mentions that the drive/purpose is the motivating factor for everybody once when it ends the author quotes the later life of Alexander as an example. Strange both example is from Alexander's life.

Some of the quotes I liked to highlight are:

While many theories were put forth, there was one common factor that researchers recognized in all great performers: they practiced so hard and intensely that it hurt.

Swedish psychologist Dr. K Anders Ericsson called the “10,000 hour” rule. The greatness was a long, grueling process.

Any great adventure involves trials and tribulations that transform the hero into something greater than s/he was when s/he began it.

In whatever form your adventure takes, there will be obstacles to overcome. Your dedication to your cause will be tested. Your wits will be forced to their limits. People will try to exploit your weaknesses and negate your strengths. The journey toward greatness is not for the meek.

All barriers yield to one mythical quality: drive. The will to persist and overcome. To never give up. To never accept defeat.

Just as nothing produces paralyzing apathy like doubt and resignation, nothing produces cleverness like staring down a crisis with a lionhearted snarl.

Ambition shows you the path to success, but drive is what gets you through it.

(And my favourite quote) Washington Irving— the famous author, historian and essayist— said, “Great minds have purposes, others have wishes. Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune, but great minds rise above it.”

If purpose dies, the entire adventure quickly follows suit. But what is a purpose, exactly? The dictionary defines it as follows: The reason why something is done or why something exists. It is something set up as an object or an end to be attained; an intention.

I give 5 stars for this wonderful small informative book.


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