No Retreat, No Surrender-The Myth of Napoleon Bonaparte's Heroism

Last Update: December 13, 2016

Napoleon Bonaparte was a French military and an emperor who in his time conquered much of Europe during the 19th century A.D.

Among the nations he conquered are Austria, Egypt, Russia, the Prussians, allied forces of Austrians, British, Prussians and Russians before he was finally defeated by the British Army.

This is the inspiring part of the story.

Napoleon wondered why such a brave leader and strong troop were prone to experience a defeat. They had an assessment on their weaknesses and their strengths and planned for the next invasion.

Part of the plan was to have a musician trained to be with them during the battle. Announcement had been made in the entire kingdom that the French army needs a musician.

A young gentleman succumb to the call and was trained to memorize two music pieces. A music for retreat and a music for forward.

So the battle went on and the musician was with them. The music served as the guide to the troop. The agreement was for as long as the music doesn't change the army press on forward.

The music for forward is now being played. On the ground were army being slain but the music did not change so they continued being faithful to the agreement they made.

At last the battle was over and the french army gathered for re-assessment and evaluation of their performance. The first man to be questioned was the musician. He was asked why did he not change the music when plenty of the army was being slain on the ground.

He answered, I forgot the music for retreat.

Though many soldiers died they have won the battle.

Why are we here? Do we feel loosing the battle because it's so challenging?

I like the spirit of the musician forgetting the music for retreat and I commend the faithfulness of the soldiers in the covenant they have made.

I would like to impress on myself these two values to ensure success.


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TheBuilder Premium
Interesting, thanks for sharing.

No Retreat, No Surrender. I remember Van dam
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accad Premium
Yeah, Van Dam is one of my Martial Arts artists favorite too.
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TheBuilder Premium
Do you practice TaiChi?
I practice Yang24 and Lee42
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accad Premium
I happen to enroll in Judo Karate when I was in high school but I did not pursue because I don't have money. How I really like to see Karate and Judo films. So Van Dam, Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Steven Seagal.
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TheBuilder Premium
Indeed they did wonderful films. I like the film "Karate Kids" as well.
You may now start practicing TaiChi. It's very good for the health. Can be practiced at any age even 90 or 100 years old.
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accad Premium
Yeah, you can do it with a group too and with a music.
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TheBuilder Premium
Yes, in the past I practiced it in a group ( a local Wushu association) and with music. I loved the Chinese music.

I also taught my students (in their extra-curricular classes) TaiChi movements to overcome Repetitive Strain Injury.
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accad Premium
I'm happy to know that.
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TheBuilder Premium
:)
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MarkHanley Premium
I have to agree with numerous

"the secret really is to just never give up until you get there. You might have to keep re evaluating what works and what doesn't, but always moving forward is the key".

Great work Accad

Mark
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accad Premium
Yes, sometimes losing or sacrificing is a way to be victorious.
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Carol46 Premium
A great narrative, Jimmy. The soldiers were very brave and faithful to the cause. Let us press on regardless!
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accad Premium
When I first that myth about Napoleon Bonaparte when I was still young it imprinted in my mind how successful a person when there are determination and courage to face all the obstacles in life.
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Numerous Premium
LOL I think that's one of those stories that only works because Napoleon won. Otherwise there would be no story because the entire army would be dead. :) Sorry I'm a military man, and I've seen enough stories of it going the other way because people didn't step back and find a better plan of action.

That being said I appreciate the sentiment. Too often people give up too quickly. When it comes to your personal success, the secret really is to just never give up until you get there. You might have to keep reevaluating what works and what doesn't, but always moving forward is the key. Great post.
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