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What's this Chapter?

Ch.1 See Things For What They Are - Intense Realism

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What's this Chapter's Judgment?

Reality can be rather harsh. Your days are numbered. It takes constant effort to carve a place for yourself in this ruthlessly competitive world and hold on to it. People can be treacherous. They bring endless battles into your life. Your task is to resist the temptation to wish it were all different; instead you must fearlessly accept these circumstances, even embrace them. By focusing your attention on what is going on around you, you will gain a sharp appreciation for what makes some people advance and others fall behind. By seeing through people's manipulations, you can turn them around, the firmer your grasp on reality, the more power you will have to alter it for your purposes.

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The Fearless Approach
What's this chapter's quote by Fifty that is the motto to adopt?

"Reality is my drug. The more i have of it, the more power i get and the higher i feel." - 50 Cent

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The Fearless Approach
You might imagine that the streets that molded Fifty and the code he created for himself have little to do with your circumstances, but that is merely a symptom of your dreaming, of how deeply you are infected with fantasies and how afraid you are to face reality. The world has become as grimy and dangerous as the streets of Southside Queens - a global, competitive environment in which everyone is a ruthless hustler, out for him- or herself.
How do the words of Truth apply to you as much as to Fifty?

The greatest danger you face is your mind growing soft and your eye getting dull. When things get tough and you grow tired of the grind, your mind tends to drift into fantasies; you wish things were a certain way, and slowly, subtly, you turn inward to your thoughts and desires. If things are going well, you become complacent, imagining that what you have now will continue forever. You stop paying attention. Before you know it, you end up overwhelmed by the changes going on and the younger people rising up around you, challenging your position.

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The Fearless Approach
Understand: you need this code even more than Fifty. His world was so harsh and dangerous it forced him to open his eyes to reality and never lose that connection. Your world seems cozier and less violent, less immediately dangerous. It makes you wander and your eyes mist over with dreams. The competitive dynamic (the streets, the business world) is in fact the same, but your apparently comfortable environment makes it harder for you to see it, but it will find you in the end, and your inability to cope with it will be your ruin. Now is the time to stop drifting and wake up - to assess yourself, the people around you, and the direction in which you are headed in as cold and brutal a light as possible. Without fear.
Why do you need this code even more than Fifty?

The people around you are generally mysterious. You are never quite sure about their intentions. They present an appearance that is often deceptive - their manipulative actions don't match their lofty words or promises. All of this can prove confusing.

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The Fearless Approach
The people around you are generally mysterious. You are never quite sure about their intentions. They present an appearance that is often deceptive - their manipulative actions don't match their lofty words or promises. All of this can prove confusing. What do you stand to gain in mastering social realism?

Seeing people as they are, instead of what you think they should be, would mean having a greater sense of their motives. It would mean being able to pierce the facade they present to the world and see their true character. Your actions in life would be so much more effective with this knowledge.

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The Fearless Approach
Your line of work is another layer of reality. Right now, things might seem calm on the surface, but there are changes rippling through that world; dangers are looming on the horizon. Soon your assumptions about how things are done will be outdated. These changes and problems are not immediately apparent. Being able to see through them before they become too large would bring you great power.
The capacity to see the reality behind the appearance is not a function of education or cleverness. People can be full of book knowledge crammed with information but have no real sense of what's going on around them. How is it in fact a function of character and fearlessness?

Simply put, realists are not afraid to look at the harsh circumstances of life. They sharpen their eye by paying keen attention to details, to people's intentions, to the dark realities hiding behind any glamorous surface. Like any muscle that is trained, they develop the capacity to see with more intensity.

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The Fearless Approach
How do you convert to Realism?

It is simply a choice you have to make. At any moment in life you can convert to Realism, which is not a belief system at all, but a way of looking at the world.

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The Fearless Approach
What does it mean to convert to Realism?

It means every circumstance, every individual is different, and your task is to measure that difference, then take appropriate action. Your eyes are fixed on the world, not on yourself or your ego. What you see determines what you think and how you act. The moment you believe in some cherished idea that you will hold on to no matter what your eyes and ears reveal to you, you are no longer a realist.

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The Fearless Approach
It might seem that seeing so much of reality could make one depressed, but how is the opposite actually the case?

Having clarity about where you are headed, what people are up to, and what is happening in the world around you will translate into confidence and power, a sensation of lightness. You will feel more connected to your environment, like a spider on its web. Whenever things go wrong in life you will be able to right yourself faster than others, because you will quickly see what is really going on and how you can exploit even the worst moment. And once you taste this power, you will find more satisfaction from an intense absorption in reality than from indulging in any kind of fantasy.

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Keys to Fearlessness
America was once a country of great realists and pragmatists. This came from the harshness of the environment, the many dangers of frontier life. We had to become keen observers of everything going on around us to survive. In the nineteenth century, such a way of looking at the world led to innumerable inventions, the accumulation of wealth, and the emergence of our country as a great power. But with this growing power, the environment no longer pressed upon us so violently, and our character began to change. In what way?

Reality came to be seen as something to avoid. Secretly and slowly we developed a taste for escape - from our problems, from work, from the harshness of life. Our culture began to manufacture endless fantasies for us to consume. And fed on such illusions, we became easier to deceive, since we no longer had a mental barometer for distinguishing fact from fiction.

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Keys to Fearlessness
This is a dynamic that has repeated itself throughout history. Ancient Rome began as a small city-state. Its citizens were tough and stoic. They were famous for their pragmatism. But as they moved from being a republic to an empire and their power expanded, everything reversed itslef. Their citizen's minds hungered for newer and newer forms of escape. They lost all sense of proportion - petty political battles consumed their attention more than much larger dangers on the outskirts of the empire. The empire fell well before the invasion of the barbarians. It collapsed from the collective softness of its citizens' minds and the turning of their back on reality. What's the lesson?

As an individual you cannot stop the tide of fantasy and escapism sweeping a culture. But you can stand as an individual bulwark to this trend and create power for yourself. You were born with the greatest weapon in all of nature - the rational, conscious mind. It has the power to expand your vision far and wide, giving you the unique capacity to distinguish patterns in events, learn from the past, glimpse into the future, see through appearances. Circumstances are conspiring to dull that weapon and render it useless by turning you inward and making you afraid of reality.

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Keys to Fearlessness
How must you come to view this tide of fantasy and escapism sweeping the culture?

Consider it war. You must fight this tendency as best you can and move in the opposite direction. You must turn outward and become a keen observer of all that is around you. You are doing battle against all the fantasies that are thrown at you. You are tightening your connection to the environment. You want clarity, not escape and confusion. Moving in this direction will instantly bring you power among so many dreamers.

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Keys to Fearlessness
There are 6 exercises for you mind - to make it less rigid, more penetrating and expansive, a sharper gauge of reality. Practice all of them as often as you can. What are they? (6)

-Rediscover Curiosity - Openness
-Know the Complete Terrain - Expansion
-Dig to the Roots - Depth
-See Further Ahead - Proportion
-Look at People's Deeds, Not Words - Sharpness
-Reassess Yourself - Detachment

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-Rediscover Curiosity - Openness
This position of basic ignorance was what you had as a child. You had a need and hunger for knowledge, to overcome this ignorance, so you observed the world as closely as possible, absorbing large amounts of information. Everything was a source of wonder. With time our minds tend to close off. At some point, we feel like we know what we need to know; our opinions are certain and firm. We do this out of fear. We don't want our assumptions about life challenged. If we go too far in this direction, we can become extremely defensive and cover up our fears by acting with supreme confidence and certainty.
What you need to do in life is return to that mind you possessed as a child, opening up to experience instead of closing it off. How do you do this 1/6

Just imagine for a day that you do not know anything, that what you believe could be completely false. Let go of your preconceptions and even your most cherished beliefs.

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-Rediscover Curiosity - Openness
This position of basic ignorance was what you had as a child. You had a need and hunger for knowledge, to overcome this ignorance, so you observed the world as closely as possible, absorbing large amounts of information. Everything was a source of wonder. With time our minds tend to close off. At some point, we feel like we know what we need to know; our opinions are certain and firm. We do this out of fear. We don't want our assumptions about life challenged. If we go too far in this direction, we can become extremely defensive and cover up our fears by acting with supreme confidence and certainty.
What you need to do in life is return to that mind you possessed as a child, opening up to experience instead of closing it off. How do you do this 2/6

Experiment.

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-Rediscover Curiosity - Openness
This position of basic ignorance was what you had as a child. You had a need and hunger for knowledge, to overcome this ignorance, so you observed the world as closely as possible, absorbing large amounts of information. Everything was a source of wonder. With time our minds tend to close off. At some point, we feel like we know what we need to know; our opinions are certain and firm. We do this out of fear. We don't want our assumptions about life challenged. If we go too far in this direction, we can become extremely defensive and cover up our fears by acting with supreme confidence and certainty.
What you need to do in life is return to that mind you possessed as a child, opening up to experience instead of closing it off. How do you do this 3/6

Force yourself to hold the opposite opinion or see the world through your enemy's eyes.

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-Rediscover Curiosity - Openness
This position of basic ignorance was what you had as a child. You had a need and hunger for knowledge, to overcome this ignorance, so you observed the world as closely as possible, absorbing large amounts of information. Everything was a source of wonder. With time our minds tend to close off. At some point, we feel like we know what we need to know; our opinions are certain and firm. We do this out of fear. We don't want our assumptions about life challenged. If we go too far in this direction, we can become extremely defensive and cover up our fears by acting with supreme confidence and certainty.
What you need to do in life is return to that mind you possessed as a child, opening up to experience instead of closing it off. How do you do this 4/6

Listen to the people around you with more attentiveness.

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-Rediscover Curiosity - Openness
This position of basic ignorance was what you had as a child. You had a need and hunger for knowledge, to overcome this ignorance, so you observed the world as closely as possible, absorbing large amounts of information. Everything was a source of wonder. With time our minds tend to close off. At some point, we feel like we know what we need to know; our opinions are certain and firm. We do this out of fear. We don't want our assumptions about life challenged. If we go too far in this direction, we can become extremely defensive and cover up our fears by acting with supreme confidence and certainty.
What you need to do in life is return to that mind you possessed as a child, opening up to experience instead of closing it off. How do you do this 5/6

See everything as a source for education - even the most banal encounters.

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-Rediscover Curiosity - Openness
This position of basic ignorance was what you had as a child. You had a need and hunger for knowledge, to overcome this ignorance, so you observed the world as closely as possible, absorbing large amounts of information. Everything was a source of wonder. With time our minds tend to close off. At some point, we feel like we know what we need to know; our opinions are certain and firm. We do this out of fear. We don't want our assumptions about life challenged. If we go too far in this direction, we can become extremely defensive and cover up our fears by acting with supreme confidence and certainty.
What you need to do in life is return to that mind you possessed as a child, opening up to experience instead of closing it off. How do you do this 6/6

Imagine that the world is still full of mystery.

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-Rediscover Curiosity - Openness
When you operate this way, how will you often notice that something strange happens?

Opportunities will begin to fall into your lap because you are suddenly more receptive to them. Sometimes luck or serendipity is more a function of the openness of your mind.

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-Know the Complete Terrain - Expansion
War is fought over specific terrain. But there is more involved than just that. Explain how your goal is to follow the path of Napoleon.

You want to take in as much as possible with your own eyes. You communicate with people up and down the chain of command within your organization. You do not draw any barriers to your social interactions. You want to expand your access to different ideas. Force yourself to go to events and places that are beyond your usual circle. If you cannot observe something firsthand, try to get reports that are more direct and less filtered, or vary the sources so that you can see things from several sides. Get a fingertip feel for everything going on in your environment - the complete terrain.

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-Dig to the Roots - Depth
When you do not get to the root of a problem, you cannot solve it in any meaningful manner. People like to look at the surfaces, get all emotional and react, doing things that make them feel better in the short term but do nothing for them in the long term.
What must be the power and the direction of your mind whenever you encounter some problem?

To bore deeper and deeper until you get at something basic and at the root. Never be satisfied with what presents itself to your eyes. See what underlies it all, absorb it, and then dig deeper. Always question why this particular event has happened, what the motives of the various actors are, who really is in control, who benefits by this action.

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-Dig to the Roots - Depth
What is often at the root of a problem?

Often, it will revolve around money and power - that is what people are usually fighting over, despite the surface gloss they give to it.

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-Dig to the Roots - Depth
How can you always win by digging to the roots?

You may never get to the actually root, but the process of digging will bring you closer. And operating in this way will help develop your mind into a powerful analytical instrument.

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-See Further Ahead - Proportion
By our nature as rational, conscious creatures, we cannot help but think of the future. But most people, out of fear, limit their view of the future to a narrow range - thoughts of tomorrow,a few weeks ahead, perhaps a vague plan for the months to come. We are generally dealing with so many immediate battles, it is hard for us to lift our gaze above the moment. What, however, is a general Law of power?

It is a law of power that the further and deeper we contemplate the future, the greater our capacity to shape it according to our desires.

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-See Further Ahead - Proportion
How does having a long-term goal for yourself, one that you have imagined in detail, better your decision making in the present?

You know which battles or positions to avoid because they don't advance you towards your goal. With your gaze lifted to the future, you can focus on the dangers looming on the horizon and take proactive measure to avert them. You have a sense or proportion - sometimes the things we fuss over in the present don't matter in the long run. All of this gives you an increased power to reach your objectives.

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-See Further Ahead - Proportion
By seeing further ahead, you know which battles or positions to avoid because they don't advance you towards your goal. With your gaze lifted to the future, you can focus on the dangers looming on the horizon and take proactive measure to avert them. You have a sense or proportion - sometimes the things we fuss over in the present don't matter in the long run. What's the flip side of this process?

As part of this process, look at the smaller problems that are plaguing you or your enterprise in the present, and draw arrows to the future, imagining what they could possibly lead to if they grow larger. Think of your own biggest mistakes or those of others.

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-See Further Ahead - Proportion
As part of this process, look at the smaller problems that are plaguing you or your enterprise in the present, and draw arrows to the future, imagining what they could possibly lead to if they grow larger. Think of your own biggest mistakes or those of others. How could they have been foreseen?

Generally there are signs that seem so obvious afterwards. Now imagine those very same signs that you are probably ignoring in the present.

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-Look at People's Deeds. Not Words - Sharpness
In war or any competitive game, you don't pay attention to people's good or bad intentions. They don't matter. It should be the same in the game of life. Everyone is playing to win, and some people will use moral justifications to advance their side. What is your task as a Realist?

All you look at are people's maneuvers - their actions in the past and what you might expect in the future. In this area, you are fiercely realistic. You understand that everyone is after power, and that to get it we all occasionally manipulate and even deceive. That is human nature and there is no shame in it. You don't take people's maneuvers personally; you merely try to defend or advance yourself.