Notes from The 50th Law by Robert Greene and rapper 50 cent

These are my notes from the book The 50th Law by Robert Greene and rapper 50 cents. I think they are very good insights and I hope that if I can keep focused, it will help me achieve some breakthroughs. The book was awesome and although I don’t really like rap or his music I think that his story is pretty amazing. To come from where he was and to have that kind of beginning in life and to be where he is now, it’s very inspirational.

I didn’t expect that someone in that kind of career would have such deep insights to share and that it actually required that much mental preparation to get to where he is. I had expected that to be a musician or singer, you just had to be talented and lucky. Boy, was I wrong! You really should read his story. [Read more…]

How to Get Un-stuck!

What if you have so many ideas, projects, and visions for the future and you feel stuck because your current life resembles a chop suey pot of stew with no purpose or direction? (For those of you that aren’t Chinese, chop suey means something that’s a mixture of everything dumped together.)

How do you prioritize everything? The answer is to find out what’s really important to you. What do you want to make real, bring to life, and what are some of the other things you are willing to sacrifice for this to happen?

The first step to get un-stuck is to sit and think about why you feel stuck in the first place. There are many reasons such as A) You’re overwhelmed by too many things B) You feel like things are not changing, there’s no growth and you don’t believe the future you envision will happen (if that’s the case, you need to ask ‘why?’ you feel that way C) Not knowing what to do next D) Don’t have the skill or confidence to pull it off or get un-stuck. [Read more…]

Turn Your Life Around

I live in a city (in Hawaii) that tourists come from all over the world to visit and it’s a beautiful place, but there are all these homeless people sitting on the sidewalks and asking for money. When I was walking home I decided that instead of just giving someone $1, I could do something better for them.

Give them advice in a letter and put the $1 in an envelope with that letter. When I pass by those homeless people I ask myself, what would I want more than anything if I were in that kind of situation? Money would be nice, but I think that there is something even more valuable than money.

It’s advice and knowledge. The knowledge to change and the knowledge to know what to do to get yourself out of trouble, out of any unwanted situation. That is MORE valuable than money. The old saying of, “Give a man a fish and you’ll feed him for a day, but teach a man how to fish and you’d feed him for life” rings true in this instance.

What would I say in the letter? [Read more…]

Learn to Accept Good things that Come Your Way and Into Your Life

Most people hate change, whether it’s good or bad. They may ask for something positive in life but when it happens, they don’t want it because it’s uncomfortable or requires change or some stretching and growth. Promise you won’t be like that.

For example: Some people turn down promotions or advancement because it involves learning new things or handling different things/people and they might associate that with more stress. Or some people don’t want to move to a better house within a nicer neighborhood because they’ve always lived in the same house and they are used to it. Or they reject a romantic partner because that person is too good or smart for them and they think that person is out of their league.

It’s not a bad thing if they are consciously aware of the decision to reject certain opportunities or things in life even if it’s better for them, if they understand the whys behind it. There is no right or wrong answer, it’s their life. But to turn something good down because of fear or because they are afraid of it makes no sense. How could you fear something good? It’s like a level up in a game, just accept it and move up. Playing at level 1 time after time will get boring even if you’re the King or Queen of level 1. [Read more…]

Unfortunate Events Might Lead to Breakthrough

When people say that things happen for a reason, there is some truth to that. Unfortunate events that might have some cringing and unhappy might lead to a wonderful breathrough of new ideas or a bursting out of one’s comfort zone. Sometimes it takes that extra jolt to snap us out of our usual course and to pay attention to where we’re going and to actually take that correct turn.

Use setbacks as a stepping stone to:
1. Brainstorm new ideas
2. Find out why it’s not working
3. Discover what the good is in this situation and what you can learn from it
4. Be thankful regardless of not knowing why and what the reason or purpose of something horrible that happened. Maybe it had to happen in order for it to trigger another event or for something else to come into your life.
5. Realize it’s not really that bad. Take a step back and take a deep breath. When it’s dark and bleak, step back and observe the entire situation objectively and try to see the good. It could be worse, be thankful it’s not.
6. If everything falls apart, what’s left? What can you salvage from it? [Read more…]