Anarchapulco is wrapping up. The swarm of anarchists are packing up. And we’re here, in our hotel room, going over our brain-numbing pile of notes and pictures.
Last week, you’ll recall, our journey into Anarchapulco — the annual anarchist’s ball in Mexico — had just begun.
Since then, we’ve spoken with hundreds of liberty-minded individuals, including some of the top minds in the libertarian/anarcho-capitalist movement…
Today, as we try to process everything we’ve learned, we’re struck, yet again, with a simple and powerful truth. It’s the secret, we realize, to empowering yourself in a world full of daily demonization of the individual.
To explain this secret properly, let’s rewind back to last week — when I was en route to Mexico.
Nobody on the plane could tell, but while staring at the little screen in front of my window seat, my Mexico-bound mind was being blown to bits.
Unfortunately, I can’t find the original video I watched on the airplane TV. But I was able to find the study the woman talked about.
It was a negotiation research study conducted by Norbert Schwarz of the University of Michigan and Gerald Clore of the University of Virginia.
In the first part, the researchers set out to see if weather had an effect on a person’s mood. So they called half of their survey participants on a sunny day and the other half on a rainy day.
“As you might expect,” Professor Jennifer S. Lerner writes in her paper Negotiating Under the Influence, “participants who received calls on a rainy day reported significantly less life satisfaction than did participants who received calls on a sunny day.”
Not too earth-shattering, right? Rainy days aren’t nearly as energizing and uplifting as a day when the sun is rocking out on full blast.
But the second part of the study is where it gets a bit counterintuitive and extremely interesting: “… when researchers began the call by asking, ‘By the way, how is the weather down there?’ participants in the rainy condition responded as positively as participants in the sunny condition.”
The conclusion? “Acknowledging the bad weather defused its impact on their evaluations.”
In other words, by facing “bad” things in your surroundings, you are able to see them more clearly. Even more, they begin lose their power over you.
If you can’t immediately see how profound this insight is, don’t worry. You’ll understand completely by the end of today’s episode. And you’ll also see how it’ll help you live a freer, more prosperous life in the years to come.
In short, today, with the help of two men — a famous rapper and a New York Times bestselling author — you’re going to discover ten ways to empower yourself with this simple but extremely profound truth.
First, though, here’s why we bring this up now…
What worries us most these days is that, although most Americans understand (albeit often on a very superficial level) that something’s wrong, very rarely do they go look out the proverbial window to see how bad it really is.
It’s a small minority of people who want, no matter how uncomfortable the discovery might be, to face the truth.
It’s the minority who tunes out the Weatherman, turns off the television and goes outside to see how bad the coming storm really is.
And only the minority, therefore, is able to truly see what he or she needs to do in order to thrive in the coming years — despite the coming turmoil.
Unfortunately, it seems, most would rather turn up the TV, put all their eggs in the weatherman’s basket, stick their underutilized opposable thumbs in their pockets and hope for the best.
“Waddya’ gonna’ do?” they shrug.
But this, you already know, is not a wise choice. And here’s the biggest reason why…
“I believe,” one Anarchapulco attendee told me Saturday night over a Corona on the beach, “we are moving toward a time where the individual has the opportunity to be as free as he or she wants.
“But,” he hedged, “those who do not wake up and quickly heed all the opportunities the new world has to offer will become more and more beholden to the state. Sadly, many of them will become slaves to the very thing they thought was there to protect them.”
I took another swig of my cerveza, watching the waves pull in down below our feet.
“Well put,” I nodded. “I agree.”
It’s true. Everywhere we look, in every country we visit, we see opportunities sprouting up like mushrooms in a field full of cow patties.
Unfortunately, though, not everyone will enjoy the fruits of these new opportunities. Not immediately, at least.
We are living, you see, in a tale of two globes.
On one pole, the world is opening up and the forward-thinkers are becoming freer and more self-sufficient by the day. Anarchapulco, for example, was filled to the brim with some of the freest and most optimistic people on Earth.
On the opposite pole, though, many will continue to be caught off guard by the eradication of the old order. Simply because they refuse to let go of the way they believe things “should be” — rather than looking through the window at the way things are.
[These people are the ones still shouting, “That can’t happen here! This is America!”]
Today’s featured article (below) will show you how to use the “bad” to get closer to reality. Because the closer you can get to reality, the more you will be able to see all the opportunities to gain more freedom and autonomy in your life.
Truth is power. The closer we are to the truth, the more we are able to see the simple solutions to all of our complex problems.
So here we go…
In the featured article below, written by blogger Saverio Valenti, you’ll be given ten insights gleaned from the book The 50th Law, written by 50 Cent and Robert Greene.
Strange duo, sure. If you haven’t read it, though, it’s an extremely empowering book. And it came into my life at a time when I needed this particular perspective in order to evolve.
And maybe it’ll do the same for you. For that potential alone, we wanted to share the wealth.
The 50th Law By 50 Cent and Robert Greene – Top 10 Ideas
By Saverio Valenti
1. THE FEARLESS APPROACH
Fear comes from our own misconception of the world. When we feel fear we are self-hypnotized. We believe that something unreal can exist. Fear is just an irrational feeling without connection to reality that prevents people to take action towards their highest potential. How many times what you feared the most has actually happened?
Fear hide itself everywhere, I would go as far as saying that all actions and thoughts of ninety-nine percent of people are fear based, be aware of what you are doing, and most importantly, know the reasons of your actions.
You deliberately put yourself in difficult situations and you examine your reactions. In each case, you will notice that your fears were exaggerated and that confronting them has the bracing effect of bringing you closer to reality. (The 50th Law by 50 Cent and Robert Greene 22)
2. INTENSE REALISM
Nothing is inherently good or bad, anyone has the opportunity to interpret events as misfortunes or possibilities. What I have personally experienced is that life will bring to you everything you need at exactly the right moment to overcome you fears. This means that when something happen you have the chance to do a leap on a new level of consciousness, or you could easily refuse to accept what life has brought to you and never overcome that challenge. What you fear will keep representing itself in different forms, as long as you will not make the leap on the other side of fear.
You perceive reality through your beliefs and project it out on the world so you are watching the world through the lens of your thoughts. Do you want to see the world as a welcoming and peaceful place or you want to see it as a dreadful and dangerous place? The choice is up to you, is just a story; do you want to live in a good or a bad story? In the end though be aware that neither of them are real. Life is, and that’s it, nor good nor bad.
The 50th law, however, states that there is one thing we can actually control-the mind-set with which we respond to these events around us. And if we are able to overcome our anxieties and forge a fearless attitude towards life, something strange and remarkable can occur- that margin of control over circumstances increases. (The 50th Law by 50 Cent and Robert Greene page 19)
3. TURN SH*T INTO SUGAR
Non-acceptance about the changes of life will never bring something of value, as soon as something unexpected and unwanted happen everybody has the choice to embrace it and do something proactively to turn into a positive event, negative energy and problems are necessary steps for everyone to become better. If you chose to go the opposite direction of the stream of life you will just be carried on anyway, life doesn’t wait for anybody. It would be like swimming on the opposite direction of a waterfall, you can’t win, you can choose to let go and see where you will be led.
Life has a particular pace and rhythm, an endless stream of changes that can move slowly or quickly. When you try to stop this flow mentally or physically by holding on to things or people, you fall behind. Your actions become awkward because they are not in relation to present circumstances. It is like moving against a current as opposed to using it to propel you forward. (The 50th Law by 50 Cent and Robert Greene page 100)
4. BE COMPLETELY INDEPENDENT
We have to face the reality that in this world we are completely on our own. Nobody cares if we succeed or fail. When people help us they are usually waiting for something in return. The faster we understand this the faster we can start to work on our self, truly focused on what really matters the most to us, be ready to say no to unhealthy people, situations and influences. Probably one turns from a kid to a man when he truly understand that nobody is going to take care of him forever. If you want something you need to work hard for it, nobody owes you nothing in this life.
He quickly developed the habit of not depending on other people to protect or shelter him. (The 50th Law by 50 Cent and Robert Greene page 15)
5. HAVE CLEAR GOALS
If you are not planning your future in detail you are just floating through life without a particular goal. Like an arrow that is not aiming to his target, if you don’t know where you want to go how could you end up there?!
The further and deeper we contemplate the future, the greater our capacity to shape it according to our desires. (The 50th Law by 50 Cent and Robert Greene page 42)
6. SUCCESS IS YOUR ONLY OPTION
There is something magic in committing yourself on one single goal, without the slightest doubt about it. Working with certainty on it, you cut all other possibility, even better if you don’t have other possibility, on your mind there is just success, you will give all of yourself to achieve it.
Because he had no plan b, because it was either succeed at music or go under, he operated with a frantic bold energy that got him noticed in the rap world. (The 50th Law by 50 Cent and Robert Greene page 16)
7. BE WILLING TO WALK AWAY
If you deeply know that you will be fine with or without certain people, situations and jobs, you will be able to lead the rapport where you want it to be on your terms and conditions.When people sense that you are willing to walk away they will understand that you have other options and this will give you instantly more control and power over them.
In his experience, whenever he felt as if he had too much to lose and he held on to others or to deals out of fear of the alternative, he ended up losing a lot more he realized that the key in life is to be willing to walk away. He was often surprised that in doing so, or even feeling that way, people would come back to him on his terms, now fearing what they might lose in the process. And if they didn’t return, then good riddance. (The 50th Law by 50 Cent and Robert Greene page 271)
8. FOLLOW YOU PURPOSE
You have just one chance, one opportunity, one life and if you waste it, doing what others people want you to do, you are just squandering your time. You will always be frustrated and unhappy.
If you don’t follow your dreams you will never be realized in life. People will say every kind of things while on your journey, is up to you to understand if it is constructive criticism or just useless gossip, take what is worth considering and be ready to forget instantly all the rest.
I was born alone and I will die alone. I’ve got to do what’s right for me and not live my life the way anybody else wants it. (The 50th Law by 50 Cent and Robert Greene page 54)
9. KNOW HOW TO FIGHT
If you are ready for confrontation and know how to fight most of the time you will not need to do so, but if you are scared and never stood up for your rights people will keep exploiting you forever. It looks like people can sense that you will say yes to everything and never stand your ground. Your being radiates outward and can be read in your manner without you having to say a word. People will react to your own self-belief, they will treat you as you expect to be treated.
The kid in the school yard who doesn’t want to fight always leaves with a black eye. If you indicate you will do anything to avoid trouble, that’s when you get trouble. (The 50th Law by 50 Cent and Robert Greene page 125)
10. BE OPEN MINDED
It amaze me how people are sure of their position, thoughts and beliefs. Whenever you start believing that you are on the top of the mountain your decline is assured,instead, when you know that no matter how far you have come there will always be something to learn and improve, your growth will not be precluded.
Being open minded is key, recognize and admit that you were doing something wrong and be willing to act differently to get different results. What worked yesterday might not work today, be ready to change mind and action when needed, never attach yourself image to anything you do.
His superiority, was that he knew that he knew nothing. This left his mind open to experiencing things as they are, the source of all knowledge. (The 50th Law by 50 Cent and Robert Greene page 39)
[Ed. note: This article originally appeared at Saverio Valenti’s blog right here.]
Managing editor, Laissez Faire Today
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