“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” – Napoleon Hill
Last May, I went to a superb exhibition at the Army Museum in Paris, ‘Napoléon The Strategist’. It helped me understand what this quote means as I saw how Napoléon used his skills as ‘a military genius’. It was fascinating to learn how ‘strategy’ was always on his mind when he defined and made it evolve.
From being only a military affair to a wider one in the fields of politics, economy, finance and communication. For doing so, artefacts were used such as documents, maps and objects. It was Napoléon’s way to help others to succeed best and quickest and to learn from failures in addition to being a recognized leader.
Helping each other to succeed and others to succeed can start with conversations. As Paul Simbeck-Hampson (@simbeckhampson), co-founder of Supro and kind learning partner based in Germany, told me later in meaningful (a)synchronous online conversations:
“Very great change starts from very small conversations, held among people who care.” – MJ Wheatley
His curiosity on my challenges and what I am up to, my curiosity on what his journey, he and his ecosystem are instigating, have triggered insightful conversations, and an exploration of an upcoming engagement and collaboration. Stay tuned for more. In the meantime, this insight may catch your attention for your own exploration:
“when those four things exist: asking questions, listening, heightened interest and the desire to learn, we will create conversation and gain all the other benefits that come with that.” – Kevin Eikenberry
It is about mutual respect, too.