Chapter 10 | Looking Inside and Outside Yourself - Part 2
(Part 2 out of 2)
Types of Characters:
A person is made of a wide range of traits; but more than that, just as coping with fear and using your brain and thought, implementing these traits makes the person what he is.
In this section, I'll define a few characters, according to the traits they implemented and the ones they neglected (neglected for various reasons, as mentioned here in previous chapters).
You come across these characters daily, so it's important for you to be able to recognize them and evaluate them accordingly.
More importantly, check yourself.
What traits do you lack in order to succeed?
Below are the characters, arranged by their traits:
1. The three D's:
You probably know several people who have the desire (for example, to get rich), but lack the drive or discipline (or even both).
2. The three A's:
And you probably also know some ambitious people, who never develop their ability, mostly because they have the wrong attitude.
3. The three E's:
These people have an excellent education, but don't have experience in the real world.
With no such experience, they usually can't execute or achieve things at the right time and therefore can't show results.
4. The four H's:
The four H's are successful people who have achieved their success without honor, successful people who lack humility, people who have no sense of humor and aren't able to laugh at themselves, successful people who aren't happy.
The following part combines a summary of the ideas of all the topics in this chapter and some important quotes for you to think of.
To make a long story short, I won’t go down to details on how and when the custom of “I deserve it” evolved in most countries around the world, often without giving something in return; but we can reach some insights regarding this custom:
Mark Twain said beautifully: "Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first”.
The quote above may be radical, but it’s probably what you should answer those who think they deserve it all.
We can roughly divide the population of most Western countries, to three social classes:
1. Low class
2. Middle class
3. High class
I specifically wrote Western countries and I’ll tell you why in a minute.
We can say that in Western countries it's feasible to live a pretty good middle-class life, as opposed to other countries.
The Jewish Professor Yeshayahu Leibowitz once said: “Life is adjusted to the weakest link, making it easier for all to live". As an example, he mentioned a convoy moving at the pace of the slowest vehicle.
If so, you have the option to join the end of the convoy, making no special effort thus adding to the slowness of the convoy, or to join the head of the convoy and be one of those rare people who assist in increasing the pace.
Joining the head of the convoy isn't simple.
It demands making an effort, but you'll feel sweet pleasure after you did.
Donald Trump once said: "The best way to achieve an advantage is to live it" – that is so true.
Be honest with yourself, remember that with honesty comes clarity and with clarity appears opportunity.
Find out what’s preventing you from fulfilling your ambitions, it’s an important part of your journey – since identifying the problem creates an opportunity to finding a solution.
Don’t be a sucker... Think back to the question Mr. Shoaff asked Rohn: "Who sold you this plan?".
Be attentive to your surroundings, notice what’s going on – be conscious of what people are "selling you" in all areas of life.
Regarding this issue, Warren Buffett said: “If you've been playing poker for half an hour and you still don't know who the patsy is, you're the patsy".
Make sure you’re not the patsy...
Be creative - creative people find inspiration rather than wait for it.
Reading this site definitely shows you belong to the group of people looking for inspiration.
I'm sure you'll find it too, simply because that’s how it works.
One of Donald Trump’s famous quotes is: "Entrepreneurs see a vision, calling it unavoidable common sense. Everyone else calls it suspicion”.
This quote precisely explains the different approaches of diverse types of character, to life.
Even if you're not an entrepreneur by definition as Trump meant, develop yourself a habit of initiating.
While everybody else suspects - show your "suspicion", make it a habit.
Never give up on your vision or ideals, go over them again and again and they will become inevitable.
Make it a habit.
In respect to this context, Aristotle said: "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit”.
I'd like to end this chapter with an old saying: Poverty doesn't need plans, it doesn't need help because it is bold and ruthless. Wealth is shy and demure – you have to 'pull it out'.
Remember this saying, bear it in mind - it has proven itself time after time, for centuries now.
* Fears are nothing but a state of mind.
* Worry is a state of mind based on fear, and so is bad influence.
* A person's state of mind can be controlled.
* Your subconscious receives and files impressions and thoughts of all kind. You can plant in your subconscious, of your own accord, any plan or goal.
* One emotion, either positive or negative, has to be superior. Your goal is to ensure the positive emotions are the dominant influence on your mind - practicing and rehearsing all the ideas in this site will help you do that, until you make it a habit.
* There's a lot to be revealed yet regarding the brain, thought and subconscious; but the capability is certain.
* Your brain is a valuable tool. It's priceless and doesn't cost you anything...
* A person is made of a wide range of traits; but more than that, just as coping with fear and using your brain and thought, implementing these traits makes the person what he is.
* Based on the types of characters and traits - check yourself. What traits do you lack in order to succeed?
* You have the option to join the end of the convoy, making no special effort thus adding to the slowness of the convoy, or to join the head of the convoy and be one of those rare people who assist in increasing the pace.
* Be attentive to your surroundings, notice what’s going on – be conscious of what people are "selling you" in all areas of life.
* Never give up on your vision or ideals, go over them again and again and they will become inevitable. Make it a habit
Continue to Chapter 11 | The Day that Changes Your Life