“A man is great by deeds, not by birth,“ was the belief of Chanakya, the chief advisor of the Indian Emperor Chandragupta, the first ruler of the Maurya Empire and helped Chandragupta to turn the Mauryan Empire into one of the most powerful governments at that time.
He is considered the pioneer of the field of political science and economics in India. And his teachings are very helpful to be a good and effective leader. Chanakya’s teachings are applicable to modern management principles.
Here are some of his teachings that can help you to be successful in life.
Top 10 teachings by Chanakya
“Once you start a working on something, don’t be afraid of failure and don’t abandon it.” – Chanakya
“As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.”
“All urgent calls he shall hear at once, but never put off; for when postponed, they will prove too hard or impossible to accomplish.”
“Learn from the mistakes of others, you can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves.” – Chanakya
“A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.”
“The wise man should restrain his senses like the crane and accomplish his purpose with due knowledge of his place, time and ability.“
“Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.“
“Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.“
“Never share your secret with anybody. It will destroy you.” – Chanakya