“The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”  Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?”  He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”  Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.” – John 21:17 (NIV)

Napoleon is considered one of the greatest military commanders in history.  A noted public monument has been erected to him in the city of Paris.  But those who perhaps knew Napoleon best – those who lived with him after he was exiled to St. Helena Island – would never have raised a monument to him.  Why?  Because in many ways, Napoleon was considered a selfish fool.

When Napoleon was exiled, who was there to share his exile?  His wife?  No. She returned to her father.  Was Berthier, his lifelong comrade, there with him?  No.  He deserted him without even saying good-bye and became a captain in Louis XVIII’s guard.  Two of Napoleon’s trusted marshals openly insulted him.  Even the servants who had slept across his bedroom threshold for years left him.

Napoleon lived for himself, and in the end he died alone.


Dr. John Maxwell once said, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

People want to know that you care.  Like Napoleon’s friends and family, they don’t want to feel they’re being used for selfish gain.  At the heart of all truly successful lives is care and concern for others.


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