Had a bad day? Feeling a bit like you’re surrounded by enemies who are continually plotting your downfall? Then today is a great day to re-frame stuff. Let’s start by looking around for a role model who could turn these types of situations into platforms to propel themselves forward to revenge.
In fact let’s think bigger than that; mere revenge is so passé. Let’s look for someone who didn’t just get even, didn’t just get revenge but went all the way to total world domination. As luck would have it history gives us a helping hand on honing into a suitable candidate to channel as we kick back in the twilight and plot. Because today in 1227 saw the death of Genghis Khan: the greatest role model for anyone feeling a little bit wronged or hard done to. So let’s get drunk and think big.
Don’t spend the evening as you usually do just bitching about the boss – do something dastardly. Look at your work whistleblower policy – they’ll have one – and work out a way you could use it to your advantage. Claim they called you a ‘mongol bastard’ in a private meeting or some such nonsense. (This is doubly good as not only is it unlikely you’d make up such a random thing, it’s also cultural which scares the life out of companies. With a bit of luck they’ll end up so terrified you’ll sue that you can spend the rest of your work life doing fuck all.)
But, also – learn how to wait your time. Don’t rush. My friend Tony has the wonderful motto of “He who waits long enough on the banks of a river will, sooner or later, see the bodies of his enemies pass by” and Genghis understood this too. He spend quite a bit of his young life tethered to a tent by his father’s enemies until he escaped (Genghis – not Tony) and headed towards world domination and making his opponents wish they’d been a bit nicer to him. We can all learn from his steely patience and iron willed decision making.
So the next time the boss has you commuting home feeling beaten or inferior think of Genghis, a tether, a tent, a fantastic bottle of wine, the wonder of time and dead bodies floating down waterways.
You time will come. Your kingdom is vast and waiting …..
A quote: “What contemptible scoundrel stole the cork from my lunch?”
Larson E. Whipsnade (W.C. Fields) You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man (1939)