The 50th Law is a book by the authors Robert Greene and 50 Cent. Yes the same 50 Cent.
The dreamers, those who misread the actual state of affairs and act upon their emotions are often the source of the greatest mistakes in history. The wars that are not thought out, the disasters that are not foreseen. Realists on the other hand are the real inventors and innovators.
In the 19th century advertisers discovered that if they framed their stories and appeals with fear, they could capture our attention.
Fear creates its own self fulling dynamic. As people give into it, they lose energy and momentum.
What separates those who go under and those who rise above adversity is the strength of their will and their hunger for power.
Lincoln judged people by results, not friendliness or political values.
Genius of Lincoln was his ability to focus intensely on reality and see things for what they were.
It might seem that seeing so much of reality could make one depressed but the opposite is the case. Having clarity about where you are headed, what people are up to and what is happening in the world around you will translate into confidence and power, a sensation of lightness.
Understand that as an individual you cannot stop the tide of fantasy and escapism sweeping a culture. But you can stand as an individual bulwark to this trend and create power for yourself.
Socrates superiority he realised was that he knew that he knew nothing.
When you do not get to the root of a problem you cannot solve it in any meaningful manner.
You come to understand for instance that a person who is too obviously friendly after too short a time is often up to no good.
Look at your most recent actions as if they were the maneuvers of another person. Imagine how you could have done it all better, avoided unnecessary battles or confronted people who stood in your way, instead of running away from them.
The real poetry and beauty in life comes from an intense relationship with reality in all its aspects.
You came into this life with the only real possessions that even matter. Your body, the time that you have to live, your energy, the thoughts and ideas unique to you, and your anatomy.
Dependency is a habit that is so easy to acquire. We live in a culture that offers you all kinds of crutches. Experts to turn to, drugs to cure any psychological unease, mild pleasures to help pass or kill time, jobs to keep you just above water. It is hard to resist. But once you give in, it is like a prison you enter that you cannot ever leave.
We maintain an adult face and work to gain power for ourselves but deep inside we secretly wish that our spouses, partners, friends, or bosses could take care of us and solve our problems.
Most of us enter adult life with great ambitions for how we will start our own ventures, but the harsh realities of life wear us down. We settle into some job and slowly give in to the illusion that our bosses care about us and our future, that they spend time thinking about our welfare. We forget the essential truth that all humans are governed by self-interest.
Never be a minion always be an owner.
Remember: your bosses prefer to keep you in dependent positions. It is in their interest that you do not become self reliant, and so they will tend to hoard information.
What you really value in life is ownership, not money.
You must remember that when people give you things or do you favours it is always with strings attached.
Get in the habit of taking what you need for yourself instead of expecting others to give it to you.
You are one of a kind. Your character traits are a kind of chemical mix that will never be repeated in history.
You must not be afraid of your uniqueness and you must care less and less what people think of you.
Events in life are not negative or positive. They are completely neutral. The universe does not care about your fate; it is indifferent to the violence that may hit you or to death itself. It is your mind that chooses to interpret them as negative or positive.
You do not wait for things to get better, you seize this chance to prove yourself. Mentally framing a negative event as a blessing in disguise makes it easier for you to move forward. It is a kind of mental alchemy, transforming shit into sugar.
The truth is that life is by nature harsh and competitive.
People fear the new.
Hunger for control, common to all of us is the root of so many problems in life.
Strategy is the essence of human action. The bridge between idea and its realisation in the world.
Momentum in life comes from increased fluidity, a willingness to try more, to move in a less constrained fashion.
We end up strangling ourselves in the narrowness of our interests.
In Niccolo Machiavelli’s view, it is precisely our fixed nature, our tendency to hold to one line of action or thought, that is the source of human misery and incompetence. A leader can come to power through acts of boldness, but when the times shift and require something more cautious, he generally will continue with his bold approach. He is not strong enough to adapt; he is a prisoner of his fixed nature. What raised him above others then becomes the source of his downfall.
Those who remain true to some idea or value without self-examination often prove to be the worst tyrants of life.
Take on an aggressor instead of avoiding him; you strategize and push for something you want instead of waiting someone to give it to you.
When you submit in spirit to aggressors or to an unjust and impossible situation, you do not buy yourself any real peace.
A prince or leader must first and foremost be effective in his actions and to do so he must master the art of knowing when and how to be bad.
In this world, you cannot relax and rest on your name, your past achievements, your title. You have to fight to impose your difference and compel people to follow your lead.
The greatest generals in history, however are invariably those who lead from the front and by themselves.
Big words and promises mean nothing only actions carry weight.
The greatest leaders in history all inevitably learned by experience the following lesson: it is much better to be feared and respected than be loved.
For it is a general rule of human nature that people despise those who treat them well and look up to those who make no concessions.
Your own level of excitement and self belief will convince people that you know where you are going and should be followed.
Alone, in our minds, we can imagine we have all kinds of power and abilities. Our egos can inflate to any size.
We are by nature creatures of impatience. It has always been hard for us to want something and not have the capacity to get it.
We come to value breadth of knowledge over depth, the power to move here or rather than digging deeper to the source of a problem and finding out how things tick.
The real secret, the real formula for power in this world, lies in accepting the ugly reality that learning requires a process, and this in turn demands patience and the ability to endure drudge work.
Too often our concept of learning is to absorb ideas from books, to do what others tell us, and perhaps to do some controlled exercises. But this is incomplete and fearful concept of learning. Cut off from practical experience.
To master any process you must learn through trial and error. You experiment, you take hard blows, and you see what works and doesn’t work in real time. You expose yourself and your work to public scrutiny
To feel inspired you must first experience a moment of emptiness.
People will constantly attack you in life. One of their main weapons will be to instil in you doubts about yourself, your worth, your abilities, your potential. They will often disguise this as their objective opinion, but invariably it has a political purpose, they want to keep you down.
People judge you by appearances, the image you project through your actions, words, and style.
Consistency is an illusion, each day brings changes within you.
The truth is that the greatest inventions and advances in technology or business generally come in negative periods because there is a greater necessity for creative thinking and radical solutions that break with the past.
Death represents the ultimate reality, a limit to our days and efforts in a definitive fashion.
From the moment we are born, we carry inside ourselves our death. It is not some outside event that ends our days but something within us. We have only so many days to live. This amount of time is something unique to us; it is ours alone, our only true possession.
We are creatures that live in language. Everything we think and feel is framed by words, which never really quite express reality.
Death is the ultimate equaliser. It strikes rich and poor alike.
There is no knowledge that is not power.
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