Although they have not seen each other eye-to-eye, the two main characters displayed great admiration for each other. But they were still enemies, because they wore different uniforms and they knew that only one can prevail at the end. At the finale, when Ed Harris knew that he was caught dead in Jude's sniper sight, he let out a sigh and turned to face his fate at a worthy opponent. Bang!
Unlike the yeehaw movies we have been fed all this while, we didn't see Jude's character jumping up and down in a touchdown like celebration. Instead his eyes displayed sadness, relief and respect for his enemy.
We make more enemies than friends
Today, I want to blog about our own enemies. Let's face the fact - everyone will have enemies, no matter how kind, intelligent, hard-working or nicely behaved they were. You will make enemies at work, school, associations, mahjong tables, swimming pool, on the road, internet... my goodness, maybe even at the public toilet! In fact, you will make enemies just being who you are. So, still think that you don't have enemies? hehehe, think again...
At work, most of our enemies are snipers too. You sense bullets zinging past you, hitting your desk, car, files and worse, a few of your friendly parties even got killed... but you still can't see that bloody snipper fella(s). They will get you by ensuring that your projects fail, but the easier way is through rumours and gossips to kill you off.
In my 12 years of working life, I have only met one enemy whom I had to fight cowboy style. Imagine "Gunfight at OK Corral"... walking down a deserted street...spurs clicking... facing your known enemy... bang bang bang! Well, in that shoot out I had to withdraw, wounded but not dead, because he was using Carl Gustav and Claymore mines whilst I only had a 15 year old HK9mm pistol! But I learnt a lot from that fight. Honestly, it wasn't like I wanted to fight someone with such high powered weapons but I had no choice... he saw me as an enemy that needs to be eliminated and I had no other choice but to defend myself.
And why did I, a small fly compared to him, became his enemy? A very good friend of mine (whom now is promoted higher than this enemy, who has proceeded to make more enemies than supporters) said it all. I was a threat by virtue of me being smarter, better looking, more charming with the ladies but the most damning was me being ambitious and hungry for success.
Yes, you are definitely going to make enemies when you are ambitious. The eagerness to build a personal brand by taking risks, taking stands, making sure you are heard and accomplishing big things will not go down well with people who are jealous or are afraid that you will soon be the boss.
So what do you do? Stay silent like those strong silent types depicted by chinese TV dramas? Sorry lar, it doesn't work that way in reality. You better find out who are those fellas who have been sniping at your heels, find out what the rumours are and then fight them with all your heart!
There are always ways to fight back. Open your eyes and ears and you will find them. If you have a reputation for fairness and professionalism, it won't be hard to get supporters. When you have to fight, you fight! There's no such thing as being afraid lar, scared to fight lar... my goodness! If you won't fight for your own self-respect, no one will.
"Let people know that you are benevolent when dealt with fairly but dangerous when roused, and they are certain to treat you with respect. "
Source: Career Warfare by David F D'Alessandro
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven;Ikan bilis sayings... there wouldn't be any hero warriors if there weren't any wars, right?
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build...
NIV Eccl 3:1-3