The only men I learn from and admire are those who already accomplished things the that I, myself, want to accomplish.
I want to learn, be inspired, and possess the traits of great men who made things happen, who moved the world with their force and passion.
It matters not what ideology these men subscribed to: they could be as extreme and flawed as they wanted for all I care—all that matters to me is their ability to inflict change. But no matter how much I disagree with their views, I am willing to learn from them if they possessed any skills that I admire. I am more than ready to imitate their resolve and determination if they have demonstrated an exceptional level of them, and I am not squeamish about employing their methods for my own mission.
I also don’t care if these men are vilified and hated by the lesser men who do nothing for themselves but pass judgement onto those who take action. Does it matter that others think these men are “evil” because of the number of people they killed? If that’s what it took for them to achieve power, then so be it. The struggle for power is never pleasant and it’s not like you can ever achieve universal approval. I would rather judge a man by how much power he exerted in his life than by the number of people who don’t hate him. Great men always have a way of polarizing people’s opinions.
The above reasons are why I am willing to learn from the likes of Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Mussolini, Hitler, Che Guevara, Pablo Escobar, Khomeini, Osama bin Laden, and so on even if I don’t subscribe to their views and no matter how controversial they may be (this is not to say that these are the only type of men that I’m drawn to). Whereas lesser men with all their pettiness can only balk with scorn and express their dislike for these figures with childish bitterness, I see things differently. I see individuals who gave their best to achieve their vision. I see revolutionaries who made the ultimate sacrifice for a cause they believed in. I see men who achieved power and changed the course of world history—which is more than what can be said for their critics who can only bitch and moan on the Internet while having no accomplishments of their own. Next time anyone denounces a man of change, I would like to know what he has done with his own small life.
This attitude of appreciating men’s abilities above all else also means that I have no interest in learning from—let alone admiring—intellectualists who have nothing but words. I may learn a thing or two from reading their works, but I find it impossible to respect anyone who does nothing for himself. Even the most lauded intellectualist cannot inspire me to action if he’s never done anything to show for. I once fancied myself reading the works of Nietzache, Evola, and others, but now I wonder if it would even be worth my time. If these men cannot lead by example and through action, with what confidence can I embrace their words? Once you realize this, the words of intellectualists become hollow: they lose their potency. For this reason, my respect goes to men who fight like wolves—even if they may be simpleminded—rather than to the grandest of intellectualists who confine themselves to their desks, trapped in their own minds. Intellectualists may inspire change, but it is the revolutionaries who make it happen.
The primary traits that I learn from great men include: focus, energy, tenacity, discipline, courage, cunningness, force of will, fighting spirit, charisma, and their ability to move the masses. As you can see, their intellect and the content of their beliefs are of little importance to me. What matters to me is that they used their abilities to establish a world in accordance to their will. These men weren’t some intellectualists with a hobby of accumulating as much knowledge as possible so that they can merely share their own opinions and perspectives. No. They always advanced to the next step of applying their knowledge to the world. They weren’t just sitting around for things to happen; they created the changes they wanted to see. They went against the grain in spite of the dangers. They were a force to reckon with.
If you are like me and you want to change this world instead of being a mere spectator, you should be willing to learn from just about anyone—even your enemies. You must always keep an open mind and adapt the best you can. Whatever you wish to do in this world, let those who’ve gone through similar struggles be your guide and teacher. And last, remember that all knowledge must be concentrated towards action, for it alone can change destiny.
If you want to learn more about how to engage in worldly struggles, read ‘Man’s Fight for Existence‘.