Lessons From The 12 labors of Hercules

Mi'kail Eli'yah
4 min readJun 7, 2018

Many of us had read the Dodekathlon (δωδέκαθλον) a.k.a. the 12 labors of Hercules, but what are these parables trying to tell us?

I will leave you to read the stories and instead provide the insights from the morals they are teaching us.

Nemean lion

Lessons From The 1st Labour: Nemean lion

1. What cannot be penetrated may have something on itself to self-penetrate. (Use the problem against itself)2. If you cannot cut in, cut off (sources).3. There is no need for close quarter combat, think alternative warfare.4. Protect your weak joints.5. Know thy opponent.6. Re-use the strength of the opponent.
Lernaean Hydra

Lessons From The 2nd Labour: Lernaean Hydra

1. Get help. Don’t fight alone.2. Don’t underestimate the ideas of simple people.3. Check the growth of the problem to ensure no recidivism.4. With every problem solved, equipped yourself along the way.5. Don’t be confused. Behead and secure the tasks or problems 1 at a time.
Ceryneian Hind

Lessons From The 3rd Labour: Ceryneian Hind

1. Every entity has a nature of function. Understand it’s cycle, and laid in wait, instead of chasing them in vain.2. Diplomacy is part of strategy.
Erymanthian Boar

Lessons From The 4th Labour: Erymanthian Boar

1. Make friends, you never know the little things s/he knows can be pivotal to your tasks at hand.2. Always gather ideas and advice. They cue up a series of possibilities and lead us to somewhere.
Mi'kail Eli'yah