‘Good morrow’, my merry maidens and jaunty gentlemen, all chivalrous citizens of
culture and commerce. This is the seventeenth day in the furry month of February in
the Chinese Year of the Rooster; and in the Gregorian calendar, the seventeenth
year of the second Millennium.
I have decided to travel back four hundred years. The Bard of Stafford-upon Avon
has just died, so I shall attempt to write in that ancient idiom in the hope that you will
understand what I have to say. It will take more effort on your part, but if you are still
determined and dearly wish to take that step forward, you will succeed.
OK I shall have one more sip of my Château Lafitte Rothschild 1949….ahh! Now it is
back to the past to try to understand the future.
I hereby go forth, like Icarus towards the Sun, to extend my loving arms to those
whose lives seem as stagnant as a fly-blown ewe trapped in the waters of the
flooded River Tigris. But wait, those muddy waters soon recede and the Ram of the
flock arrives to save his beloved mate. By springtime, new-born lambs frolic in the
nearby pastures green
Maybe sheep cannot read that which I offer thy good selves, hoping it will spur one
and all to wrap themselves in the constructive cloak of life, as the chimes of midnight
in yonder tower beckon one to act now,
TAKE COURAGE! Like the troubled Prince of Denmark, it is the ability to do
something which frightens him. ‘To be, or not to be? That is the question.
BE BRAVE! To face any ordeal, one must muster all one’s courage for whatever
time it takes, whether it be one day, one week, one month, one year – like King
Henry V in France prior to the Battle of Agincourt – ‘Once more unto the breach’
‘All that glisters is not gold’, says Portia in ‘The Merchant of Venice’. Bear that
quotation in your mind-set as you peruse the ensuing text….
Whichever task, large or small, one is called upon to tackle, regardless of importance
or reward, one must muster oneself to undertake that task, at all times, to the best of
one’s ability, neither feigning fatigue nor citing ill health. Herewith is an example
even Shylock, Portia’s father, the crafty Merchant of Venice dare not contemplate:
When with besom broom, sweeping vigorously across the cold stone slabs, around
the reclining seat upon that floor, then twice more around the nearby straw matting
for slumbering upon when darkness fell, then pausing to wipe one’s weary, furrowed
brow, one espies the carcass of a dead rat, hitherto unnoticed on yet another soiled
slab, one would not even consider, ‘methinks on the morrow shall I sweep away that
diseased, deceased morsel’. Such arrogance would not be tolerated, instead
LESSON I: Beginneth NOW your proposed venture.
LESSON II: Seek and maketh conversation NOW with investors & money-lenders.
LESSON III: Train NOW to make thy dreams come true.
LESSON IV: Plan thy future NOW!
COURAGE, DETERMINATION, DEDICATION – WHATEVER THE EXPENDITURE!
THEN VICTORY WILL BE THINE OWN REWARD – CHAMPION GLADIATOR,
THE MIDAS TOUCH WILL BE THINE FOREVER MORE.
THY TRUE CHARACTER WILL EMERGE HENCEFORTH IF ONE FOLLOWS
ONE’S OWN PATH EVEN WHEN NO-ONE NOTICES.
THE SAME PATTERN WILL THEREFORE NEXT BE OBSERVED WHEN ALL
CREATURES ARE PRESENT.
Which creature fits most thy character – wolf or sheep, leader or follower? Doth thy
babble on to fellow countrymen, not about one’s intended riches but about thy ready
wealth? ‘To thine own self be true’.
We doth pause for a moment to imagine the noble Roman soldier, Mark Antony, in
the year of 59BC, on the steps of the Forum in the center of this ancient city,
proclaiming to the citizens below:
‘Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears
My illustrious career is just beginning but my intentions are clear
Whether it be the glorious villa I intend to erect on one of the seven hills surrounding
this Imperial city – or the imposing Chariot flanked by 6 white stallions I wish to
acquire ere three years are out,
I am here to speak what I do know and shall hereby devote my own self to those
present here, for the betterment of all our futures’
Cheers ring out from the throng gathered at the Forum, inspired by the integrity and
the promises of this honorable young soldier.
TICK TOCK, TICK TOCK, TICK TOCK..
Three years have elapsed. It is now the year 56BC. Mark Antony is still a young
soldier. He has not yet met his mentor, Julius Caesar. He is ambitious but he hath
not yet acquired the ability to focus and concentrate his mind upon his strengths and
ideals. Nevertheless, clad in his white toga trimmed with gold, the tall, lean soldier.
once again ascends the steps of the Forum to address the same group of citizen
followers and supporters.
‘Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.
Plans are still afoot to erect my sumptuous villa on one of the Seven Hills of this
glorious city of Rome.
The intention to acquire a golden chariot is yet to occur because….’
By now, his disappointed disciples no longer lend their ears to his list of excuses and
negative thoughts and wander from the Forum to an edifice nearby, the vast,
imposing Coliseum, there to experience exciting gladiatorial combat, a more
rewarding pastime, with a positive outcome. Mark Antony stands alone, by now a
braying ass his only witness.
Think of this, my good fellows, unlike Mark Antony in 53BC ….
In those three years….
Hast thy career prospects improved?
Hast thou added to thy savings?
Canst thy please oneself to do whatever one wishes at all times?
THAT, MY DEAR FELLOWS – IN ANY ERA, IN ANY MILLENNIUM –
IS LIVING LIFE TO THE FULL!
MORE QUESTIONS – IN ANY ERA, IN ANY MILLENNIUM TO ASK ONESELF….
Where am I going?
What do I want to achieve?
Am I doing all I can to be the best I can be?
Am I improving myself – or really procrastinating?
Am I positive – or a complainer?
Men and women were built for a purpose, to procreate, to provide, to prosper –
not sit around, not doing anything.
It is lack of direction, not lack of time –that is the problem.
If you are always tired and feel unhappy, then have the strength and courage to
change your life.
Be like a hungry lion, take the right direction, be consistent, be persistent, be clever.
You will get what you need and what you deserve.
‘If you want to keep on getting what you are getting, keep on doing what you are
To continue the path to achieve your goal, you will have to change – not your hair
color, your car, your abode or your spouse! That is not real change. I am talking
about changing your – MIND!
If I want to start my own business, I shall take that risk. I will take courses, study hard
to be the master of my own destiny.
Will REAL change be easy? NO IT WON’T!!
Will there be times you want to give up? YES –AND OFTEN!!
Will you make mistakes? YES!! But you will learn from those mistakes.
Will it make you a better person? – Hell YEAH!!!
Throughout my life I have had to change, and to learn from my mistakes in order to
start business – I am still learning NOW!
But I embrace change; I enjoy change; I look forward to the challenge every day of
my life. Why?
That’s what winners do, going with passion after that change, that dream, that goal!
Stop been a victim, just waiting for good things to happen to you. Start saying, ‘I am
going to make it – in whatever field I choose.
Stop saying you are ‘broke’. Start saying, “I have a temporary cash flow problem”.
Stop saying you are having a bad day. Start saying, ‘I’m having a character
YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES!
YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR MIND!
YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR CAREER!
YOU CAN CHANGE THE PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE – ACCENTUATE THE
POSITIVE, ELIMINATE THE NEGATIVE!
YOU CAN BECOME NUMBER ONE IN YOUR CHOSEN FIELD!
Human beings can become anything they want to be – we have GREATNESS
CUT OUT NEGATIVITY
CUT OUT MEDIOCRITY
CHASE THE PASSION
CHASE THE DREAM
MOST OF ALL ..
ENJOY THE PROCESS!
We are such stuff that dreams are made on
And our little life is rounded with a sleep’
The sands of time are in reverse and thee is now neareth those forty years ere the
virgin birth of Jesus Christ in a stable in the little town of Bethlehem in the land of
Mark Antony the dashing Roman soldier and politician, has become a supporter of
the distinguished Roman General, Julius Caesar.
Did Mark Antony fulfill his dream after his appointment as Caesars right – hand man?
He served as one of his Generals in the conquest of Gaul and played an important
role in the transformation of the Roman Republic from an oligarchy into the
autocratic Holy Roman Empire. He was a very successful man with a lifestyle to
match. He remained loyal towards Caesar, warned of a plot to assassinate him the
previous evening and gave the oration at Caesar’s funeral – in the poetic words of
the Bard of Avon, one Will Shakespeare, one thousand and six hundred years Hence.
‘Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
The evil that men do lives after them,
The good is oft interred with their bones:
So let it be with Caesar. The noble Brutus
Hath told you Caesar was ambitious;
If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
And grievously hath Caesar answered it.
YES, Mark Antony fulfilled his dream in terms of his career.
BUT his complex personal life wreaked havoc on himself and others. He was
profligate with money, married thrice, including Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt who bore
him three children. And in 31BC, at the age of 52, he took his own life.
LEARN FROM THIS…DEDICATION AND DISCIPLINE ABOVE DESIRE.
BEAR IN MIND THESE WORDS FROM THE GREAT BARD…
All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts.
HERE ENDETH MY BLOG: ANCIENT & MODERN ….
WHY DID I DO THIS?
‘To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.’