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7 ways men can be more like Vladimir Putin

Seven invaluable lessons from Putin every man should use.

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Russia’s action man president. Charming and intimidating. Admired at home and abroad. Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

All this is Vladimir Putin.

We list down 7 essential skills every man can learn from Vladimir Putin.

1. Stay strong in the face of adversity

Vladimir Putin’s is the only surviving child of Vladimir Spiridonovich Putin, a Soviet Navy conscript, and Maria Ivanovna Shelomova, a factory worker.

He had two elder brothers, named Viktor and Albert, born in the mid-1930s. Albert died only a few months after being born, and Viktor died from diphtheria during World War II in the siege of Leningrad (Saint Petersburg).

Vladimir Putin speaks of his humble beginnings, living in an apartment shared with several other families, chasing rats for fun.

Putin recalls:

“I come from an ordinary family, and this is how I lived for a long time, nearly my whole life. I lived as an average, normal person and I have always maintained that connection.”

And today he is the most powerful man in Russia.

2. Focus and discipline yourself

Vladimir Putin started school in 1960 at School No. 193 in Leningrad. He was not very interested in studying and was labeled a troublemaker by teachers and school administration.

Soon, Vladimir realized that focus can be gained from participating in sports. Thus, by the age of 12, he seriously got involved in sambo, a Russian martial art, and combat sport.

He then turned and learned how to read an opponent and use his opponent’s weaknesses to his advantage. Today, he holds a sixth-degree black belt in the sport.

But Putin didn’t stop there. He went on to conquer other forms of martial arts such as taekwondo and karate.

Putin recalls:

“Other priorities were emerging. I was asserting myself through sports, achieving something. There were new goals, too. No doubt, this had an enormous effect.”

3. Know what you want and take steps to get it

Young Putin was inspired by Soviet screen actors Vyacheslav Tikhonov and Georgiy Zhzhonov to become a spy. But he realized the importance of knowledge.

Putin recalls:

“It became clear that street smarts were no enough, so I began doing sports. But even that was not enough for maintaining my status, so to speak, for very long. I realized that I also needed to study well.”

So Vladimir went to a public reception office of the KGB Directorate to find out how to become an intelligence officer. He was told that first, he would have to either serve in the army, or complete college degree, preferably with a degree in law.

In 1975, upon graduation from the Leningrad State University’s law department, Putin was assigned to work in the State Security Committee.

Putin served in KGB for 16 years.

4. Make the right connections

After Putin resigned from the KGB, he was appointed as the advisor to Mayor Anatoly Sobchak on international affairs in 1990. Sobchak was Putin’s former professor of law at the Leningrad State University.

A year after, Putin was appointed head of the Committee for External Relations of the Saint Petersburg Mayor’s Office.

Despite the huge responsibilities the mayoral office brought upon Putin’s shoulders, in 1997, he still found time to defend his doctoral dissertation in economics at the Saint Petersburg State Mining Institute and got a Ph.D.

Putin’s work in Leningrad brought him to the attention of then Russian President Boris Yeltsin. Yeltsin appointed Putin as the Russian Prime Minister and consequently his successor to the presidency.

5. Use opportunities without hesitation

When Yeltsin offered him the position of acting president, Putin remarks of his decision to accept the offer:

“I had my own thoughts, my own reasoning, but at the same time, there was another logic I gat to consider, too. Fate was offering me the chance to work for the country at the very highest level and it would have been foolish to say, no, I’m going to go and sell sunflowers seeds instead, or go into private legal practice. I could do all those other things after all, and so I decided that this had to come first, and everything else later.”

As Putin’s example shows, life offers opportunities only every once in a while.

So once you see an opportunity, seize it with confidence, but with eyes open to the responsibilities that come along.

6. Be in unity with others

Putin understands the significance of unity in the country:

“I consider it to be my sacred duty to unify the people of Russia, to rally citizens around clear aims and tasks, and to remember every day and every minute that we have ONE Motherland, ONE people, and ONE future.”

In the same way, unity among people, whether in business or in family, enhances cooperation, creativity, and productivity.

7. Be committed and act accordingly

Without sustained action, any good idea will remain just an idea.

The commitment the man brings to his ideas and goals by putting in the actual work is what carries a business, a family, or any other institution forward.

According to Putin:

“If I do something, I try to see it through to its completion, or at least try to ensure that it brings the maximum results.”

Love him or hate him, Putin’s life offers many valuable lessons that every man can apply to their professional or personal life.

Tell us what you think of Vladimir Putin?

 

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Putin is the greatest leader of his era. I admire Russia for having such a competent and extraordinary leader

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The world is blessed.

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he is the greatest leader that i saw in my lifetime

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PUTIN DESERVES RESPECT IT WASNT GIVEN TO HIM HE EARNED IT . RUSSIA IS BLESSED TO HAVE HIM AND RIGHT NOW THE WORLD IS TOO.

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I like and respect him very much.. Because he says what he thinks.. and does what he says.. The MAN of integrity..

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He’s an extraordinary leader and a man to emulate. Too bad he can’t be cloned!

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Vladimir Vladimirovich is the greatest leader ever. Just a few other men deserve mention, but most have been at least somewhat dictatorial, whereas Comrade Putin is a strong team leader, e.g. in the Russian Security Council, and is therefore unique in all of history I think (I also think that Muamar Qadafi came close – just to give some kind of reference point, though he was far more egotistical and eccentric of course). Not that I can believe in a god per se, but it’s as though some divine hand intervened in Russian and World events. In common terms it… Read more »

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Gerry, I believe THE divine hand has intervened and President Putin has said that he believes in God. And may God guide and protect this champion of Christian values.

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Extraordinary man. Note : “…. to UNIFY the people of Russia” Not divide and conquer like the Western Elite.

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Great Personality, charisma!

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Constantinople: Ukrainian Church leader is now uncanonical

October 12 letter proclaims Metropolitan Onuphry as uncanonical and tries to strong-arm him into acquiescing through bribery and force.

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The pressure in Ukraine kept ratcheting up over the last few days, with a big revelation today that Patriarch Bartholomew now considers Metropolitan Onuphy “uncanonical.” This news was published on 6 December by a hierarch of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (running under the Moscow Patriarchate).

This assessment marks a complete 180-degree turn by the leader of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople, and it further embitters the split that has developed to quite a major row between this church’s leadership and the Moscow Patriarchate.

OrthoChristian reported this today (we have added emphasis):

A letter of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople to His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine was published yesterday by a hierarch of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, in which the Patriarch informed the Metropolitan that his title and position is, in fact, uncanonical.

This assertion represents a negation of the position held by Pat. Bartholomew himself until April of this year, when the latest stage in the Ukrainian crisis began…

The same letter was independently published by the Greek news agency Romfea today as well.

It is dated October 12, meaning it was written just one day after Constantinople made its historic decision to rehabilitate the Ukrainian schismatics and rescind the 1686 document whereby the Kiev Metropolitanate was transferred to the Russian Orthodox Church, thereby, in Constantinople’s view, taking full control of Ukraine.

In the letter, Pat. Bartholomew informs Met. Onuphry that after the council, currently scheduled for December 15, he will no longer be able to carry his current title of “Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine.”

The Patriarch immediately opens his letter with Constantinople’s newly-developed historical claim about the jurisdictional alignment of Kiev: “You know from history and from indisputable archival documents that the holy Metropolitanate of Kiev has always belonged to the jurisdiction of the Mother Church of Constantinople…”

Constantinople has done an about-face on its position regarding Ukraine in recent months, given that it had previously always recognized the Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate as the sole canonical primate in Ukraine.

…The bulk of the Patriarch’s letter is a rehash of Constantinople’s historical and canonical arguments, which have already been laid out and discussed elsewhere. (See also here and here). Pat. Bartholomew also writes that Constantinople stepped into the Ukrainian ecclesiastical sphere as the Russian Church had not managed to overcome the schisms that have persisted for 30 years.

It should be noted that the schisms began and have persisted precisely as anti-Russian movements and thus the relevant groups refused to accept union with the Russian Church.

Continuing, Pat. Bartholomew informs Met. Onuphry that his position and title are uncanonical:

Addressing you as ‘Your Eminence the Metropolitan of Kiev’ as a form of economia [indulgence/condescension—OC] and mercy, we inform you that after the elections for the primate of the Ukrainian Church by a body that will consist of clergy and laity, you will not be able ecclesiologically and canonically to bear the title of Metropolitan of Kiev, which, in any case, you now bear in violation of the described conditions of the official documents of 1686.

He also entreats Met. Onuphry to “promptly and in a spirit of harmony and unity” participate, with the other hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, in the founding council of the new Ukrainian church that Constantinople is planning to create, and in the election of its primate.

The Constantinople head also writes that he “allows” Met. Onuphry to be a candidate for the position of primate.

He further implores Met. Onuphry and the UOC hierarchy to communicate with Philaret Denisenko, the former Metropolitan of Kiev, and Makary Maletich, the heads of the schismatic “Kiev Patriarchate” and the schismatic “Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church” respectively—both of which have been subsumed into Constantinople—but whose canonical condemnations remain in force for the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

The hierarchs of the Serbian and Polish Churches have also officially rejected the rehabilitation of the Ukrainian schismatics.

Pat. Bartholomew concludes expressing his confidence that Met. Onuphry will decide to heal the schism through the creation of a new church in Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church under Metropolitan Onuphry’s leadership is recognized as the sole canonical Orthodox jurisdiction in Ukraine by just about every other canonical Orthodox Jurisdiction besides Constantinople. Even NATO member Albania, whose expressed reaction was “both sides are wrong for recent actions” still does not accept the canonicity of the “restored hierarchs.”

In fact, about the only people in this dispute that seem to be in support of the “restored” hierarchs, Filaret and Makary, are President Poroshenko, Patriarch Bartholomew, Filaret and Makary… and NATO.

While this letter was released to the public eye yesterday, the nearly two months that Metropolitan Onuphry has had to comply with it have not been helped in any way by the actions of both the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Ukrainian government.

Priests of the Canonical Church in Ukraine awaiting interrogation by the State authorities

For example, in parallel reports released on December 6th, the government is reportedly accusing canonical priests in Ukraine of treason because they are carrying and distributing a brochure entitled (in English): The Ukrainian Orthodox Church: Relations with the State. The Attitude Towards the Conflict in Donbass and to the Church Schism. Questions and Answers.

In a manner that would do any American liberal proud, these priests are being accused of inciting religious hatred, though really all they are doing is offering an explanation for the situation in Ukraine as it exists.

A further piece also released yesterday notes that the Ukrainian government rehabilitated an old Soviet-style technique of performing “inspections of church artifacts” at the Pochaev Lavra. This move appears to be both intended to intimidate the monastics who are living there now, who are members of the canonical Church, as well as preparation for an expected forcible takeover by the new “united Church” that is under creation. The brotherhood characterized the inspections in this way:

The brotherhood of the Pochaev Lavra previously characterized the state’s actions as communist methods of putting pressure on the monastery and aimed at destroying monasticism.

Commenting on the situation with the Pochaev Lavra, His Eminence Archbishop Clement of Nizhyn and Prilusk, the head of the Ukrainian Church’s Information-Education Department, noted:

This is a formal raiding, because no reserve ever built the Pochaev Lavra, and no Ministry of Culture ever invested a single penny to restoring the Lavra, and the state has done nothing to preserve the Lavra in its modern form. The state destroyed the Lavra, turned it into a psychiatric hospital, a hospital for infectious diseases, and so on—the state has done nothing more. And now it just declares that it all belongs to the state. No one asked the Church, the people that built it. When did the Lavra and the land become state property? They belonged to the Church from time immemorial.

With the massive pressure both geopolitically and ecclesiastically building in Ukraine almost by the day, it is anyone’s guess what will happen next.

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Ukrainian leadership is a party of war, and it will continue as long as they’re in power – Putin

“We care about Ukraine because Ukraine is our neighbor,” Putin said.

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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has branded the Ukrainian leadership a “party of war” which would continue fueling conflicts while they stay in power, giving the recent Kerch Strait incident as an example.

“When I look at this latest incident in the Black Sea, all what’s happening in Donbass – everything indicates that the current Ukrainian leadership is not interested in resolving this situation at all, especially in a peaceful way,” Putin told reporters during a media conference in the aftermath of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

This is a party of war and as long as they stay in power, all such tragedies, all this war will go on.

The Kiev authorities are craving war primarily for two reasons – to rip profits from it, and to blame all their own domestic failures on it and actions of some sort of “aggressors.”

“As they say, for one it’s war, for other – it’s mother. That’s reason number one why the Ukrainian government is not interested in a peaceful resolution of the conflict,” Putin stated.

Second, you can always use war to justify your failures in economy, social policy. You can always blame things on an aggressor.

This approach to statecraft by the Ukrainian authorities deeply concerns Russia’s President. “We care about Ukraine because Ukraine is our neighbor,” Putin said.

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine have been soaring after the incident in the Kerch Strait. Last weekend three Ukrainian Navy ships tried to break through the strait without seeking the proper permission from Russia. Following a tense stand-off and altercation with Russia’s border guard, the vessels were seized and their crews detained over their violation of the country’s border.

While Kiev branded the incident an act of “aggression” on Moscow’s part, Russia believes the whole Kerch affair to be a deliberate “provocation” which allowed Kiev to declare a so-called “partial” martial law ahead of Ukraine’s presidential election.

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When Putin Met Bin Sally

Another G20 handshake for the history books.

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In the annals of handshake photo-ops, we just may have a new winner (much to the delight of oil bulls who are looking at oil treading $50 and contemplating jumping out of the window).

Nothing but sheer joy, delight and friendship…

…but something is missing…

Meanwhile, earlier…

Zoomed in…

And again.

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