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Some Sharp Advice From A Medieval Assassin


Micheletto Corella was a ‘condottiero’, an assassin, and loyal subject of Cesare Borgia of Borgia family fame; the Italian Renaissance family with a scandalous reputation.

In fact, Cesare Borgia himself was the inspiration for The Prince by Machiavelli.

But that’s another story for another time.

Anyway, during sword training one day with Cesare (in preparation for potential combat with an adversary who had not only insulted his mother, but was rather inconveniently the husband of his mistress), Micheletto was to pass on some wise advice that was to save his life, and prove fatal for his enemy.

The advice?

Always carry a second blade.

Now, I am not saying you should dress up as an assassin and hide out in shady Venetian canal ways (although if that’s your thing there is always Comic-Con).

But do have a ‘metaphorical’ second blade.

Instead of a spare dagger, make sure your pencil is sharp and your words are ready for action.

Let the written word be your concealed weapon, and always have a Plan B all the way to Z.

Execute well. Let this be your creed.

What’s your secret weapon?

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