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Concentrate Your Forces

Conserve your forces and energies by keeping them concentrated at their strongest point. You gain more by finding a rich mine and mining it deeper, than by flitting from one shallow mine to another – intensity defeats extensity every time. When looking for sources of power to elevate you, find the one key patron, the fat cow who will give you milk for a long time to come.

The world is plagued by greater and greater division - within countries, political groups, families, and even individuals. You are all in a state of total distraction and illusion, not able to keep one's mind in one direction without being pulled in a thousand other directions. The modern world's level of conflict is hihher than ever before, and you have internalized it, in your life.

The best strategy is always to be very strong; first, in general, then at the decisive point.... there is no higher and simpler law of strategy than that of keeping one's forces concentrated... In short, the first principle is: act with the utmost concentration. On War, Carl von Clauswitz, 1780-1831

The solution is a form of retreat inside of ourselves, to the past, to more concentrated forms of thought and action. Napoleon knew the value of concentrating forces at the enemy's weakest point - it was the secret of his success on the battlefield. His will power and his mind were equally focused on this notion. Singlemindedness of purpose, total concentration on the goal, and the use of these qualities against people less focused, will win every time.

Beware of dissipating your powers; strive constantly to concentrate them. Genius thinks it can do whatever it sees others doing, but it is sure to repent every ill-judged outlay. Johann Goethe, 1749_ 1832

In the world of power, you will constantly need help from other people, who are more powerful than you. The fool flits from one person to the other, believing he will succeed by spreading himself out. It is a corollary of the law of concentration that much energy is saved and more power is attained by affixing yourself to a single appropriate source of power. The scientist, Nikolai Tesla, ruined himself by believing that he somehow maintained his independence by not serving a single master. He turned down J P Morhan, who offered him a rich contract. In the end, Tesla's independence meant that he could depend on no single person, but always needed help from dozens of them. Later in his life, he realized his mistake. In the end, the single person appreciates your loyalty and becomes dependant on your services; in the long run, the master serves the slave.

Imagine the arrow. You can not hit two targets with one arrow. If your thoughts stray, you miss the target. Mind and target must become one. Only with such concentration of mental and physical power can your arrow hit the target.

Finally, power always exists in concentrated forms. In any organization, it is inevitable for a small group to control. And, often, it is those with the titles. You must discover who controls, who is the director behind the scenes. As Cardinal Richelieu discovered in the court of King Louis XIII, it was not the king, but the king's mother He attached himself to the mother and rose through the ranks of courtiers, to the top.

It is enough to strike oil once - your wealth and power are assured for a lifetime.

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