How to destroy your enemies according to Abraham Lincoln

In a speech Abraham Lincoln delivered at the height of the Civil War, he referred to the Southerners as fellow human beings who were in error. An elderly lady chastised him for not calling them irreconcilable enemies who must be destroyed. “Why, madam,” Lincoln replied, “do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” — page 23 of the 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene.

Most of our enemies are in our head.

You think someone is conspiring against you when really, it’s you creating the image of them conspiring against you in your head.

Impatience is making time an enemy. 

Making the person you could be an enemy turns into a lack of motivation.

If you want to defeat your enemies, put down  the sword and reach out with a hand.

When a customer came into Apple in a demonic state, there was a saying we had.

Kill them with kindness.

Or as Lincoln would say, make them your friend.