Review by Dwayne Williams
“Very few people have hearts of conquerors, those that do will eventually unlock
the secret code and conquer the battle of life.”
This self improvement book tells the story of guy named Alex who’s down on his luck. Divorced, bitter for having been through a string of failed relationships. He’s looking for answers, although he doesn’t know it yet. It’s true, when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. Asked by a friend to attend a charity event in China. He reluctantly agrees. Meets an old wise sage named Yelu Bao Zhi, who happens to be descendent of Yelu Chucai, advisor to famed Mongolian ruler Genghis Khan.
Together they embark on a series of deep conversations stretching over 10 days that will bring clarity to Alex’s thinking and revolutionize his life.
The heart of these talks - the six great desires in life - make up the core of Code of the Conquer. And happens to be responsible for so much misery in everyday life, especially Alex’s. Almost like the 7 deadly sins. The metaphorical trap doors in life. This book explains in detail how to avoid this fate by focusing on 6 key areas in our lives - Power, Relationships, Lust, Action, Knowledge and Energy.
In sum, I believe this is the single BEST lesson in this book:
“I recall,' he [Yelu Bao Zhi] started hesitantly, 'my grandfather sitting me down as young boy and warning me of the battles to come in my life. He was very proud mystical man, who sensed darkness within me. He foretold I had two wolves gnawing away at my heart, it would end in the bloodiest of battles. They would eventually rip each other apart with such ferocity that I would never be the same person again...
...one wolf was full of desire, lust, anger, envy, arrogance, self-pity, false pride, sorrow and regret. The other he said, was full of joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy and truth...
Which wolf would win the fight. As my [dying] grandfather drifted in and out of consciousness I asked. Eventually he whispered, “The one you feed the most.”
I love that story! It encapsulates the nature of man, both good and bad, and the choice that demands an answer from each one of us.
The Code of the Conqueror is a great short story full of timeless wisdom and life lessons from dozens of ancient philosophers and military leaders which even 5000 years later is still relevant in modern life.