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    Thread: The Great Mongol Empire Blueprint: Seven Ironies that You Must Learn from Genghis Khan

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      Default The Great Mongol Empire Blueprint: Seven Ironies that You Must Learn from Genghis Khan

      There are no other nights that can be as sleepless as cramming for an epic exam in History subject. History alongside Math equally holds the reputation of being every student’s worst nightmares; most of the time, Math is even more merciful than the other one. “Just leave the past behind!”, “Will it help me be rich?”, ‘Oh, names, dates, places, and figures again!”, there was a time in your life that you have also uttered these rants during History class. On a personal note, History is really an interesting subject, and the reason why a lot of people hate this is the pressure to get even at least 75% in order to get a passing rate for the semester. Now that I was already grown-up, I usually spend my idle time watching videos related to history. Without the academic pressures that I used to have, I consider history to be similar to fictional tales, it has protagonists, antagonists, supporting characters, and interesting plots.

      History teachers might be tired to explain that history is the compass towards a brighter future. History is not just about wars, slavery, and colonization. It provides accounts of how society was transformed by influential leaders. The essence of history is to learn from others’ experiences by not repeating the same mistakes and try to tailor-fit the success recipes in today’s times. It’s our responsibility to decide whose ideas are to be reincarnated and whose are best to remain just a history. How about Genghis Khan?

      If you are an Asian, you should know the name “Genghis Khan” even when you are sleeping; so I was a little bit guilty that I didn’t know so much about this historical figure since I am living in an archipelago. We didn’t study so much about this guy as much as we studied the life and journey of Ferdinand Magellan and Christopher Columbus. Genghis Khan was the man behind the long strip of land that stretches across parts of Eurasia; it was under his leadership that the Great Mongol Empire became one of the greatest empires in history. However, “Genghis Khan” is also an epitome of ruthless, barbaric, and bloodthirsty tyrant. The Mongols even slaughtered two-thirds of the Chinese population during his leadership.

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      As horrific as these may sound, we should be constantly reminded to see the good things in everyone, including Genghis Khan. He would not be able to build this grand empire if he didn’t have what it takes to be a great leader.

      Here are the Seven Ironies that You Must Learn from Genghis Khan which served as the Blueprint of the Great Mongol Empire


      Nothingness is the Motivation to Build a Great Empire

      Born Temujin year 1162 in an aristocratic Khan Family, he was fatherless and lived a life of poverty. He had this blood clot on his hand which indicated that he would be a great leader of the whole nomadic tribes across Asia. Being nomads, they didn’t have a permanent kingdom, territory, or even a shelter of their own. Wandering with their foldable tents and possessions, famously known as caravan, is part of their everyday lives; they needed to endure the scorching heat of the sun during summer, as well as the coldness of the winter. When the right time came, he fought for his rights, and get back what was rightfully his. The daunting wandering over the earth was not the time to be in despair, but to have a clear perspective of their envisioned territory if they will not give up. He inspired others that how far their eyes could reach is how far they could have. They didn’t put any sufferings and hardships into wastes, but instead, these are their motivation to fight for whatever they desire. This is the perfect emblem that most of the time it takes nothing to have everything.

      Servanthood is the Solid Foundation of a Great Leadership

      Genghis Khan didn’t set himself apart, even though he was their leader. Their chances of being alive were all the same once they assembled themselves on the battlefield. He may have the stature as a leader, but servanthood didn’t vaporize from his heart. A true leader can not achieve true happiness if he wasn’t able to make his people happy. A great leader knows how to be a great example to his followers; he knows how to enjoy every victory of success, and knows how to endure every suffering. He considers luxury as something that destroys your focus, goal, and vision. A person who doesn’t have the spirit of humility and doesn’t know how to swallow his/her pride has no right to become a leader.


      Success of Men will Never be Possible without Strategic Women

      No matter how ruthless and heartless he was according to the majority, it was very interesting to note that the Great Genghis Khan believed in Love at First Sight. He was still a young boy when he first met the girl who would turn his world upside-down and be with him through thick and thin. Borte, who was described to have sharp slant eyes with a strong pair of legs; a girl who is worth fighting for. She has been kidnapped after their marriage, but the young man Temujin rescued her from the barbarians. He loved her so much that he even accepted her baby as his own. Genghis Khan had been captured a lot of time, but Borte was always there to rescue him. Even though there were a lot of concubines around, Borte was the only wife he had; she was the one who’s got away.

      Women have important roles during those times. While the men were busy in training to excellently utilize their weapons and master horse-riding at the same time, the women have the authority in managing migrations and taking care of their herds of cattle, sheep, camel, and alike. The women were in charge of preparing the “Mongol Diets” and treating the injured warriors. Before the warriors march and attack their enemies, they need to make sure that their tummies were filled by marching protein-filled foods. Being nomads, they heavily rely on meats as their food, and this is one of their advantages from their starch-dependent opponents. The women also carried the responsibility of raising the future warriors who were the hopes of their empire.


      Past Privileges have nothing to do with Present Rewards

      Genghis Khan gave each of them the equal opportunities to be the best that they could be, and show what they’ve got. He gave merits, promotion, and recognition based on the person’s attitude, loyalty, and overall competence. He destroyed the pre-existing norms that only people born of a certain status-quo can receive the highest honors.

      He aimed to create a unified system, so it was never wrong to abolish the insignificant practices that they used to have, such as aristocratic privileges. The old things should be left behind in order to be motivated by the futuristic objectives. He regarded loyalty as a very important ingredient for the success of an empire. One of his winning strategies was to scatter all his loyal comrades along with the newly conquered troops to prevent the rise of any revolt against him.


      Innovation is Essential to Save a Tradition

      What sets apart Genghis Khan’s soldiers from others is they picked up all the weapons of the enemies they have defeated. They would dedicate much time to study how these work, and use these as their own; they believed in the power of innovation. They use torch, wood, and fire to communicate from a distance and let their fellows know where they are located. They used flags to show signals while they are on the battlefield.

      Aside from the art of fighting, he also showed unique appreciation and saw great potentials on what the other territories can offer. He was so much fascinated in China’s gun powder, white pottery, and silk; as well as the gold from Tibet. In addition to his unique aesthetic gaze when it comes to material things, he spared the lives of young children belonging to the opponent’s tribe. He had seen the opportunity of training these kids to be loyal to him and to the whole empire. Kids were taught of superb equestrian skills at a tender age on four.


      Acceptance of Uniqueness is What Unites Differences

      Invasion doesn’t mean complete transformation. Even though Genghis Khan invaded a lot of territories, he didn’t interfere with their existing customs, traditions, and religions. He made it possible to find unity in the midst of differences and adversity; he allowed the practice of different religions as long as these people pray for him and the entire troop.

      It was Genghis Khan’s cultural appreciation and tolerance towards differences which made it possible for these ancient practices and beliefs to be passed on succeeding generations, even until this present era of the digital age. The unity under the leadership of Genghis Khan is similar to that of a golden brocade, where the Chinese finest silks and gold from Tibet were delicately sewn and crafted by sewers from Baghdad. These golden brocades were used to clothe warriors and horses. Similar also with oriental porcelain which was a fusion of Chinese white pottery and Iranian blue dye.


      Length of Time is not the Determining Factor of Legacy

      The Great Mongol Empire may not have lasted long, but it is still considered as one of the bests if not the best; its significant contributions still live on until today. The Silk Road which allows the free flow of trade along the countries in the Eurasian region is one of its brainchildren. Along with this are the rule of law, religious freedom, as well as excellent modes of logistics. Even without formal education, he can be considered to be the “Father of Supply Chain Management”. Before his death, he was able to establish four autonomous empires. China’s Yuan dynasty, which greatly contributed to the Golden Age of Science and Agriculture; Iran’s Ilkhanate, which gave rise to new monumental architecture and miniature Persian paintings; Central Asia’s Chagatai Khanate; and East European’s Golden Horse, which gave rise to a trading post. You cannot see “cultural barriers” in Genghis Khan’s vocabulary. He is the person to whom we owe the beauty of cross-cultural relationships.

      If given a chance to live longer, perhaps Genghis Khan had already conquered the entire world. The name “Genghis Khan” was, is, and will always be known for his legacy of “World Domination”. It was just very unfortunate that the only reason the empire fell was the lack of a competent leader to replace him and his children. After the death of Khan’s descendants, the generals gathered and formed armies to fight each other. The value of Genghis Khan slowly vaporized like mist in the air. One of these generals forced to pull out his army and became Syria and Israel; this move sparked encouragement to other armies to do the same.

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      Final Thought: Who would have thought that this ruthless barbarian could be a “Man of Wisdom”? If you want to build your own empire, you might try to consider doing it the “Genghis Khan Way” minus the annihilation scene, of course. This history lesson can give an idea to businessmen that if they want their business to boom, they should start in Asia. To the peacemakers, if you want to maintain world peace, don’t ever dare to start a war in Asia. Another interesting thought to ponder is the possibility that you might have been one of Genghis Khan’s descendants.


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      In my view, history is one of the interesting subjects because it allows us to know about the past to understand the current modern world and to be better in the future. It's good know about Genghis Khan's leadership and influence.


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      Quote Originally Posted by ds28     
      In my view, history is one of the interesting subjects because it allows us to know about the past to understand the current modern world and to be better in the future. It's good know about Genghis Khan's leadership and influence.
      thanks for the appreciation. i hope a lot of people will appreciate history as well :-)


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