I am a big fan of Count Dracula. But even so, I am not blind to his failings. Despite his great powers, patience and planning, Dracula, the resident bad ass of Bram Stoker’s novel, failed to prevail against the heroes and came to a grisly end. His embarrassing death aside, the story of Count Dracula can serve as a cautionary tale. Without further ado, let us see what the world’s most famous vampire could have done better.
The Mistakes of Count Dracula
Having lived for hundreds of years, Dracula had great faith in his powers. He was immortal, had great strength, and control over animals and humans to name a few. Given his great powers, it was easy for him to become complacent and arrogant. What could mere mortals do against him? Due to his overconfidence, he underestimated his enemies, which proved to be his undoing.
Confidence is healthy and necessary for success. If you do not believe you can succeed, your time and effort would have been in vain. But overconfidencekcan be fatal to your success. It makes you careless and sloppy in your planning and actions. On top of that, it also impairs your perception of reality. These factors can lead to your downfall. To have lasting success, you need to prepare for success and failure. This way, you will be able to act in harmony with the times and circumstances.
Dracula was rigid in his feeding habits. He insisted on only drinking the blood of humans to live. He could not adapt and change with the times. As such, his feeding habits made him a threat and earned him many enemies who wanted his life. In the end, the Count’s stubborn refusal to try other forms of nourishment led to his downfall.
Vampires needed blood to survive. Even so, sensitive new age vampires like Edward Cullen managed well by drinking the blood of animals instead. No doubt, the drinking of animal blood was gruesome. But it was a lesser evil than drinking human blood. Because he could adapt, Edward did not make needless enemies.
You have to adapt to the times and circumstances to reach your goals. If a method is not yielding the results you want, change it. You cannot expect different results if you keep trying the same thing. But if you adapt like water, you will be able to face any challenge with less difficulty.
3. Failure to Diversify
Dracula had predictable feeding habits. He enjoyed feeding on the same victims. Making matters worse, he did not move on to a different source after he killed Lucy. Instead, he went after her friend Mina. By refusing to diversify his source of sustenance, the Count aroused suspicion towards him and his activities. He soon became easy prey for the heroes who learned about his tricks and whereabouts.
It is always important to diversify and vary your approach. Placing all your eggs in one basket or being a one trick pony is not prudent. Firstly, it makes you extremely vulnerable if something upsets your plans. Secondly, it creates undue stress for you because all your hopes and dreams depend on one thing. Lastly, it is easy for you to grow too used to your comfort zone to react quickly to changing circumstances. So practice diversification. This way, when one pillar of support fails, you will have other pillars to fall back on.
4. Losing Sight of the Big Picture
As the story progressed, Dracula lost sight of the big picture. His original aim for leaving his castle in the Carpathian Mountains was not to get involved in a tangle with the heroes. It was to turn the millions of people in London into his minions and expand his power. Instead, he allowed his obsession for Lucy and then Mina to cloud his judgment. When he learned that the heroes were moving against him, he lost all focus. He had to make this personal. He had to punish and torment the heroes for opposing his plans. To achieve this end, he returned to feed on Mina, slowly turning her into a vampire. But by doing so, he also gave Mina to ability to sense his whereabouts. This allowed the heroes to find him and destroy him.
It is easy to get distracted and to lose sight of the big picture on your journey to success. kYou might end up focusing too much on the details and obsessing over a minor problem. As you invest more of your time and effort, your ego becomes involved as well. Soon your obsession will make it hard for you to let go and move on. It is important to maintain your clarity in the midst of adversity. Only when you are objective and clear about your true goals will you be able to reach them in the end.
5. Selfish Actions and Motives
All the actions that Dracula took were for his personal gain alone. He only had his own interests at heart. He did not care about other people. His minions were e8pendable tools that he threatened or manipulated with empty promises. As a result, they failed him at the worst possible moments because he did not inspire or win their loyalty.
The rest of the people were food to him. He did not care about the consequences of his actions. He was only concerned about getting what he wanted at the expense of others. It came as no surprise that the many enemies he made worked hard to bring about his demise.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to better your lot in life. But to do so at the expense of others will only cause you problems in the future. When you do not have the interests of others at heart, they will not be inclined to help you either. In the worst-case scenario, they might even try to bring about your downfall. Whenever you need support and help to succeed, it is best to give sincerely and to receive with gratitude. Only then can you achieve the success you seek.
Despite his great power, Dracula did not achieve success. The many mistakes and choices he made negated that possibility. Thus, power and ability alone does not mean you will succeed. Your success also depends on the choices you make, the actions you take and the relationships you have. If you can act in accord with the times and circumstances, you are likelier to succeed.
Are there any other mistakes of Dracula that I have failed to mention? Could Dracula have succeeded if he made better choices? What are your thoughts on this article? Do share your thoughts and comments below.