Rules of Self-Esteem

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There are two rules of self-esteem and self-liking: Rule number one is that you can never like or love anyone else more that you like or love yourself. You can’t give away what you don’t have. 

Rule number two is that you can never expect anyone else to like or love you more that you like, love or respect yourself.

Brian Tracy

Product and System

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Almost daily, people come to me with business plans with the hope of raising money for their idea or their project.

Most of the time I turn them down for one main reason: the people raising the money don’t know the difference between a product and a system.

For a business to survive and thrive, 100 percent of all systems must be functioning and accountable. For example, an airplane is a system of systems. It it takes off and, let’s say, the fuel system fails, there often is a crash. The human body is also a system of systems. Most of us have had a loved one die because one of the body systems failed. The same thing happens in business.

Praise Your Competitors

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With me, a quarter of a century of praising competitors has proved to be a very happy and profitable way of doing business.

I’ve found that one of the quickest ways to win and hold the confidence of others is to apply the rule spoken by one of the world’s greatest diplomats, Benjamin Franklin: “I will speak ill of no man and speak all the good I know of everybody.”

So Rule Three is: Praise Your Competitors.

Frank Bettger

God Don’t Make No Junk

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As the sign on the wall of a inner-city school reads, “God don’t make no junk.” Each person is capable of achieving excellence in some way, in some area. You have within you, right now, the ability to function at genius or exceptional levels in at least one and perhaps several different areas. Your job is to find out which one.

Successful people look for the good in every situation. They know that it is always there. 

If your beliefs are positive enough, you will seek the valuable lesson in every setback or difficulty. You will confidently believe that there are many lessons that you have to learn on the road to achieving and keeping your ultimate success. You’ll therefore look upon every problem as a learning experience.

Brian Tracy

Do Create, Do Not Compete

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Substance will make things for you, but it will not take things away from someone else and give them to you. You must get rid of the thought of competition. You are to create, not to compete for is already created. You do not have to take anything away from any one.

You are to become a creator, not a competitor; you are going to get what you want, but in such a way that when you get it every other man will have more than he has now.

Wallace D. Wattles

The Turning Point

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Remember, too, that all who succeed in life get off to a bad start, and pass through many heartbreaking struggles before they “arrive”. The turning point in the lives of those who succeed, usually comes at the moment of some crisis, through which they are introduced to their “other selves”

There is a difference between wishing for a thing and being ready to receive it. No one is ready for a thing, until he believes he can acquire it. The state of mind must be belief, not mere hope or wish. Open-mindedness is essential for belief. Closed minds do not inspire faith, courage, and belief. 

No more effort is required to aim high in life, to demand abundance and prosperity, than is required to accept misery and poverty.

Napoleon Hill

As You Think, So You Are

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Thought allied fearlessly to purpose becomes creative force. He who knows this is ready to become something higher and stronger than a mere bundle of wavering thoughts and fluctuating sensations. He who does this has become the conscious and intelligent wielder of his mental powers.

All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts.

A man’s weakness and strength, purity and impurity, are his own, and not another man’s. They are brought about by himself, and not by another; and they can only be altered by himself, never by another.

As he thinks, so he is; as he continue to think, so he remains.

James Allen

The Two Major Fears

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The two major fears that stand as the greatest obstacles on your road to success are the fear of failure, or loss, and the fear of criticism, or rejection. These are the major enemies to be overcome.

It is not the actual failure or rejection that hurts you or holds you back. It is the fear of failure or rejection that stops you from acting.

The average person moves away from and avoids the fear-causing situation. A brave person forces himself to confront the fear and do what is feared anyway.

Glenn Ford, the actor, once said, “If you do not do the thing you fear, then the fear controls your life.”

Instead of waiting until you feel courageous enough, do the thing you fear, and the courage will come afterward.

Brian Tracy

The Gaze in Strategy

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The gaze should be large and broad. This is the twofold gaze “Perception and Sight”. Perception is strong and sight is week.

In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things. it is important in strategy to know the enemy’s sword and not to be distracted by insignificant movements of his sword. You must study this. The gaze is the same for single combat and for large-scale strategy.

Generally I dislike fixedness in both long swords and hands. Fixedness means a dead hand. Pliability is a living hand. You must bear this in mind.

Musashi Miyamoto

Expand Your Reality

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Rich dad had the ability to continually change, control, and expand his reality. And because he could continually expand his reality, he become richer and richer while working less and less.

My poor dad, on the other hand, chose to live within his reality.

If you want to retire young and retire rich, you may need to change and expand your reality and make expanding and changing your reality a habit. 

One way rich dad had his son and me expand our realities was through reading biographies of people who lived the lives we wanted to live. For example, rich dad had us read the biographies of John D. Rockfeller and Henry Ford. More recently, I have read books by or about Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, and others.

Robert T. Kiyosaki