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Develop his power rather than his power


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I am Morgane Miel, editor-in-chief of "Madame Figaro" in charge of business matters.

For fourteen years, I have been exploring issues related to the professional life of women, to help them overcome obstacles, to move forward without sacrificing everything, but also to establish their influence and their impact on the world of tomorrow.

I wanted, after all these years, all these articles, to go to the other side of the mirror.

To tell you "I", to weave with you the thread of a more direct conversation.

I can't invite you all for coffee, but the spirit is there.

Welcome to this newsletter, this space for expression designed for you, which you will find every two weeks.

Do not hesitate to answer me, to write to me, to suggest avenues of reflection to develop together.

Vital and inner energy Maria Stavreva, Guetty images.

It's what you might call a revelation.

This slightly suspended moment when suddenly everything becomes clear.

Where a hitherto confused, nebulous thought revolves around a keystone.

It happened to me recently, when I was leading a business master class around the idea of ​​vision – “how to be one step ahead?”.

While the three guests debated, seeking to describe as precisely as possible this long mental process that leads to the feeling of being in the right direction, one of them, the philosopher and writer Julia de Funès, decided with passion .

A conviction from the depths

Of course, setting a course with foresight requires having first gathered as much information as possible.

Not to be blinded by the usual cognitive biases.

To assess its share of risk.

But above all, she continued, this requires being able to align her decisions with her values, and to affirm her convictions.

“This potentiality, we all have it in us, concluded the philosopher.

This is what Nietzsche calls the “will to power”.

It is the opposite of the will to power, which generally consists in crushing the other in order to better “bring out” oneself.

The will to power is a conviction from the depths, a vital and interior energy, a personal radiance that makes you want what you want and want to say what you want.

we are saying.

It's the courage to be yourself."

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Suddenly, everything became clear – sorry, I can't think of another word.

I finally understood what I had been trying to formulate much less clearly for many years in my articles.

When I wrote: "Access to positions of power yes, but for what?".

Or when we decided to put forward in our columns a new generation of leaders, inhabited by this ambition to reach high positions to defend a cause greater than themselves.

I think that being "aligned", carried by a project allows you to grow with it, to overcome obstacles in a more "organic" way, to maintain your creative energy.

The magnet effect

If in us conflicting forces clash, explains Nietzsche, it is precisely the hierarchy of these forces that says who we are and, when we know how to listen to it, allows us to surpass ourselves.

To ward off, too, sad passions.

From this alignment is born a power that sweeps away everything in its path;

unites through membership – where power isolates;

and knits around it a whole network of initiatives, desires, talents, a momentum that helps to look reality straight in the face and to accept uncertainty, well seated on its base.

Power, force issued from oneself, is equal to all powers.

I hope never to forget it...

My diagnosis:

If you too want to unleash your power, you can:

– Reread Nietzsche.

Or not ;)

– Define the values ​​that matter most to you


As psychiatrist François Bourgognon explains in his book

Do not let your life end before you have started it

(First Editions), being in accordance with your values ​​is the secret to a happy and meaningful life.

– “Develop in you the desire to win

, not in the sense of performance, but rather to always create, to constantly surpass yourself.

(…) Getting on board not thanks to vertical authority, but thanks to an attitude, an appetite for creativity, an approach to the usefulness of activities, an approach to others, and thanks to a project that goes beyond the simple fact of run the business."

Marion Darrieutort, in

Le Temps des leaders pop

(Ed. de l'Aube).

– Encourage creativity around you.

Because the power of some feeds that of others.

– Choose your cause.

The one that talks (also) about you.

– Learn to love the unexpected

, as advised.

Life always has more imagination than us, and sometimes that's good news.

Three mantras to meditate on until the next letter:

I am what I am

” Gloria Gaynor

"Where is the thought, there is the power."


"Conviction is the human will attained to its greatest power."

Honoré de Balzac

Source: lefigaro

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