Success Is Not How High You Have Climbed

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As Roy Bennett once said, “Success is not how high you have climbed, but how you make a positive difference to the world”. In past civilizations, a commonality amongst leaders is that they would use force and fear to secure their power over people. The reason being is to avoid future riots and the possibility of losing their territory to the people they conquered or their very own. However, there were moments in history where rulers exerted their dominance without having to ruin the lives of innocent people. When rulers clear themselves from selfish desires they become someone who their people look up to no matter what background, and that is what it means to be a true leader. Although it is thanks to Emperor Qin of China that people today have artifacts and information about his dynasty, he was one of those rulers whose actions did not help his people prosper. Even though installing public construction projects are usually a positive factor in boosting the economy, it was a downfall for the people under Emperor Qin’s rule because the “fatalities [rate] was high” (Rossabi, 64), and he implemented “forced labor” (64) for his projects. In fact many of his projects may have not been the intention for his people but rather his army, noble families, and his own legacy because of the labor force that went behind the creation of “elaborate palaces” (64). Although he implemented the construction of better road systems which is normally seen as a benefit for the people for safer
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