Genghis Khan was one of the greatest military minds who ever lived.
More importantly, he was also a continual student, whose victories were largely the result of his ability to take the best ideas, innovations, and practices from every culture that his empire encountered.
In the book “Ego Is The Enemy,” Ryan Holiday says,
“Under Genghis Khan’s direction, the Mongols were as ruthless about stealing and absorbing the best of each culture they encountered as they were about conquest itself. Though there were essentially no technological inventions, no beautiful buildings or even great Mongol art, with each battle and enemy, their culture learned and absorbed something new. Genghis Khan was not born a genius. Instead, as one biographer put it, his was “a persistent cycle of pragmatic learning, experimental adaptation, and constant revision driven by his uniquely disciplined and focused will.”
Genghis Kahn became the greatest conqueror the world has ever known because of his ability to copy good ideas, as well as his willingness to learn from others more than any other conqueror that has come before and after him.
As the great artist Pablo Picasso once said, “Good artists copy, but great artists steal.”