Attila the Hun
Daily Beast Reader's Question to Charles Saatchi - Which of the great men of history had the most definitive clarity of purpose that informed his achievements?
Answer - I always felt Attila The Hun set the clearest path for himself, what would today be called his “mission statement.” “Happiness lies in conquering one’s enemies, in driving them in front of oneself, in taking their property, in savouring their despair, in outraging their wives and daughters.” What he lacked in modesty (his pet sobriquet was The Scourge of God), he made up for in wisdom; he never attempted to take on Rome or Constantinople, instead accepting payments to leave them alone. He succeeded in devastating or annihilating everything else between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean in his short life, before he died on the wedding night of his 214th marriage. In Hungary, Turkey and Central Asia, he remains greatly revered.