How much do I want to read more? 9/10
I like this one, I rate it 9 to make sure I will read it, because it's short, and it's a well packed wisdom inside a story.
A wise man teaches a young man about the "law of success". There's much to learn from this man, and we might see ourselves as this man seeking for advice.
Listen to that old man, and practice them right away, as he beg you to.
‘Most people just laugh when they hear that the secret to success is giving… Then again, most people are nowhere near as successful as they wish they were’
Joe learns that changing his focus from getting to giving – putting others’ interests first and continually adding value to their lives – ultimately leads to unexpected results.
1: The Go-Getter
He worked hard, worked fast, and was headed for the top. ambitious young man.
he was doing a lot of going but not a lot of getting.
Joe didn’t have much time to think.
2: The Secret
The man had a very successful career with a wide range of enterprises. Now mostly retired, he devoted most of his time to teaching and mentoring others. He was in great demand as a consultant to Fortune 500 CEOs and as a keynote speaker. He had become something of a legend.
“Actually, successful people do this all the time. Typically, the more successful they are, the more willing they are to share their secrets with others.”
“Actually, Joe, in the brief time we have this morning, that’s where I want to begin. You and I are coming from two different directions when it comes to wealth creation. If we’re going to take this walk together, we need to start by facing the same direction. If you notice, what I said was, ‘share her coffee.’ What you said was, ‘make a killing.’ Do you see the difference?"
“You see,” Pindar continued, “the majority of people operate with a mindset that says to the fireplace, ‘First give me some heat, then I’ll throw on some logs.’
It is like trying to travel a superhighway at seventy miles an hour with your eyes glued to the rearview mirror.
successful people keep their focus on what they’re… giving, sharing.
“Most of us have grown up seeing the world as a place of limitation rather than as a place of inexhaustible treasures. A world of competition rather than one of co-creation.”
What you focus on is what you get.
Go looking for people to take advantage of you, and they generally will. See the world as a dog-eat-dog place, and you’ll always find a bigger dog.
Go looking for the best in people, and you’ll be amazed at how much talent, ingenuity, empathy and good will you’ll find.
“Ultimately, the world treats you more or less the way you expect to be treated.”
“In fact, Joe, you’d be amazed at just how much you have to do with what happens to you.”
“Like a healthy immune system—the disease is all around you, but you don’t catch it?”
my Five Laws of Stratospheric Success.
“first you’ll need to agree to my conditions.”
“I need you to agree that you will test every Law I show you by actually trying it out. Not by thinking about it, not by talking about it, but by applying it in your life.”
“And that’s not all. You must apply each Law right away, the same day you first learn it.”
"how would you know?”
“I wouldn’t. But you would. It’s the honor system. If you don’t find a way to apply each law I show you the very same day you learn it, I’ll trust that the next morning, you’ll call Brenda to cancel the rest of our appointments.”
“I have to know you’re taking this seriously. But here’s what’s far more important: you have to know you’re taking this seriously.”
Joe nodded slowly. “I think I understand. You want to make sure I’m not wasting your time. Fair enough.”
Pindar smiled. “Joe, no offense, but you don’t have that power.”
“I mean, the power to waste my time. Only I can do that. And truthfully, it’s a vice I gave up a long time ago. The reason for my Condition is that I don’t want to see you wasting your time.”