Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus (Fabian) was a Roman statesman and general in the third century BC. A time when Rome was besieged by a great and terrible enemy; Hannibal of Carthage.
Hannibal repeatedly defeated the Roman forces and came close to taking Rome. Panicked, the Senate put Fabian to quell the war.
Fabian knew Hannibal had a great army. Being a wise man, he refused to meet Hannibal in open battle, opting instead to harass his supply lines, burned his crops, generally engage him in a war of attrition, Where through continuous losses in personnel, equipment and supplies, he wore down his enemy to such an extent that their will to fight collapsed.
Fabian eventually won and the Fabian Strategy is now a legitimately recognised military strategy.
Here are some concepts from the Fabian Strategy, that if applied will help us win the everyday battles of life.
1️⃣. ALL OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS TAKE TIME
It took Rome 23 gruelling years to tough out the Second Punic War.
It took Edison 1000 unsuccessful attempt at making the lightbulb.
The speed with which we get most things done these days has somehow numbed our thoughts to the fact that outstanding achievements take time.
We put undue pressure on ourselves by not only wanting to succeed but to succeed NOW!
Social media hasn't also helped with all the highlight in people's lives causing us to compare ourselves with others.
We forget that these are highlights, the upside of life, the reaping of rewards. People, after all, rarely upload their struggles for the world to see.
“No matter how great the talent or effort, some things just take time: You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.”
2️⃣. YOU NEED TO HANG IN THERE LONG ENOUGH
This I believe is the reason I wrote this article today. Having started 9 unsuccessful businesses within 20 years, I have come to realize that most people do have the talent, and are really good at what they do, but they need to hang in there a lot longer to reap the rewards.
Mike Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in history because he literally lived in the mountains of Catskill from age 13, abandoning school to pursue boxing.
Mozart was hailed for centuries as a child genius, but the man worked very, very hard — so much so that by the time he was 28 years old, Mozart’s hands were deformed from the hours he spent playing and composing.
Talent is only the spark. Persistence, hard work, patience, determination; all these unsexy sounding traits are the fuel that will keep you going, long after the initial spark of talent has fizzled out.
Always remember, the race of life is not a sprint. It's a marathon.
3️⃣. DON'T LISTEN TO THE NAYSAYERS
The Romans were accustomed to quick, decisive victories in open battle, and Fabian's patience tactic frustrated them to no end.
His political opponents nicknamed him Cunctator, (meaning “The Delayer.”) and mocked him, calling him a coward.
The Senate eventually removed Fabius from command and replaced him with two hotheaded consuls named Varro and Paullus.
They wasted no time in raising a massive army and engaging Hannibal in combat.
The ensuing battle resulted in one of the worst defeats in Roman history. Paullus was killed in combat, and Varrus fled.
The Senate then turned to Fabius for advice. Before, they believed him to be a fool and a coward, but now they thought he possessed the foresight of the gods.
One unfortunate but inescapable fact of life is that if you attempt something unconventional, you’re bound to attract criticism.
This is especially true if your efforts take a long time to bear tangible fruits.
If you’re confident that what you’re doing is right, feel free to block out all negative comments on your journey to the top.
Like Arnold Schwarzenegger said in his viral speech, one of his rules to success is to ignore the naysayers.
You may need to make a detour or recalibrate. But like my coach @iamsteveharris said to me " I think the destination is more important than the transportation"
To join the ranks of the credited and celebrated, you will have to come up with a winning strategy for what you intend to do accomplish.
Pull up those sleeves and get to work, knowing that it might take a while.
And while you are at it; ignore the naysayers.
Victoire à venir ( Victory ahead)
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