a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid. Synonyms: foreboding, apprehension, consternation, dismay, dread, terror, fright, panic, horror, trepidation, qualm. Antonyms: courage, security, calm, intrepidity.
Fear. It can play an integral part in out lives, choices we make, and how we go about our day. Reading The 50th Law made me wake up, and realize that fear is just an illusion. Now, that’s not to say that I won’t ever have fear in my life (I will) it’s human nature, but the laws discussed in this book will work for anybody.
The 50th Law describes 50 Cent’s (AKA Curtis Jackson) journey through life, and author Robert Greene, describes how each law has been used throughout history. Everyone can benefit from 50 Cent’s advice and his teachings. 50 Cent is a very smart guy, and every decision he makes is very calculated, and well thought out. There are so many great lessons in the book, and I will explain a couple.
Self-Reliance- This chapter will really make you think. It describes how to take full responsibility for your life, and how to become the best version of you. Being self-reliant will empower you and you won’t have to depend on people as much. Robert Greene describes dependency as a habit that is easy to always go to. The following are ways to become self-reliant.
Reclaim Dead Time- This step is crucial. Never let time just pass by. Always learn something new, or work on bettering yourself.
Create Little Empires- This step stresses to capture and entrepreneurial mindset, and do things on your own. Whether that may be making decisions on your own, creating something, or taking action on a goal you have set for yourself.
Move Higher Up The Food Chain- Once again, this step talks about continually moving up in life, and not depending on anybody. The clear message here, is if someone gives you things or does a favor for you, it is always with strings attached. Think about it.
Make Your Enterprise A Reflection Of Your Individuality- This particular step really struck me. You are one of one, and you will never be repeated in history ever again. Take advantage of your traits and qualities, so you can live life on your terms.
Opportunism- This chapter really explored how to make the best of any situation. The main message in this chapter, is that nothing in life negative or positive. They are neutral. Things are going to happen, and it’s up to you to decide if it is negative or positive. To me, this was very powerful to read-and I really thought hard about it. There are so many things that happen to us on a daily basis, and this way of thinking would put you ahead of 99.9% of the population. Here are the steps to acquire this “skill.”
Make The Most Of What You Have- This step describes to look past being materialistic, and understand that we will just want more after we get something we want. So, it is best to look at what we do have, and it will make us focus and come up with solutions.
Turn All Obstacles Into Openings- The point of this step and the main lesson here is: Turn any negative situation in your favor. You should welcome obstacles that come your way. It will make you stronger, and your mind will be better equipped to deal with such situations.
Move Before You Are Ready- This speaks volumes. I, myself, have struggled with this throughout the years. Taking a leap of faith, and never looking back, is key to accomplishing goals. It has been proven in history, and it is a reminder to stop telling ourselves we can’t, and start saying we can.
The 50th Law is a great read, and I hope you get the chance to read it. It’s so rare to have a book really teach you about life, and how to live it at the same time.