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What's this Chapter?

Ch. 4 Keep Moving - Calculated Momentum

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What's this Chapter's Judgment?

In the present there is constant change and so much we cannot control. If you try to micromanage it all, you lose even greater control in the long run. The answer is to let go an move with t he chaos that presents itself to you - from within it, you will find endless opportunities that elude most people. Don't give others the chance to pin you down; keep moving and changing your appearances to fit the environment. If you encounter walls or boundaries, slip around them. Do not let anything disrupt your flow.

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The Huster's Flow
What was needed was a new skill set, a different mentality for handling the chaos. And Curtis would be the hustler to develop these skills to the maximum. For this purpose, he let go of any desire to dominate an area with one large operation. Instead he started experimenting with four or five hustles at the same time; inevitably one of the angle would work and pay for all the others. He made sure he always had options, room to move in case the police pushed in and cut off one of his access routes. He interacted with the fiends, looking for any changes in their tastes and ways he could appeal to them with some new marketing scheme. He let those who worked for him do things on their own time, as long as they produced results - he wanted as little friction as possible. What was the key to his success essentially?

He never stayed tied to one venture, one partner, or one way of doing things for very long. He kept moving.

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The fearless approach
What's this Chapter's quote by Fifty?

"50 Cent is a person i created. Soon it will be time to destroy him and become somebody else." - 50Cent

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The fearless approach
As infants we were surrounded by many things that were unfamiliar and unpredictable - people acting in ways that did not make sense, events that were hard to figure out. This was the source of great anxiety. We wanted the world around us to be more familiar. What was not so predictable became associated in our minds with darkness and chaos, something to dread. Out of this fear, a desire was born deep inside of us to somehow gain greater control over the people and events that eluded our grasp. The only way we knew how to do this was to grab and hold, to push and pull, exerting our will in as direct a manner as possible to get people to do what we wanted. Over the years, this can become a lifelong pattern of behavior - more subtle as an adult, but infantile at heart.
Every individual we come across in life is unique, with his or her own energy, desires, and history. But what is generally our first impulse?

But wanting more control over people, our first impulse is generally to try to push them into conforming to our moods and ideas, into acting in ways that are familiar and comfortable to us. Every circumstance in life is different, but this elicits that old fear of chaos and the unknown. We cannot physically make events more predictable, but we can internally create a feeling of greater control by holding on to certain ideas and beliefs that give us a sense of consistency and order.

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The fearless approach
This hunger for control, common to all of us, is the root of so many problems in life. Staying true to the same ideas and ways of doing things makes it that much harder for us to adapt to the inevitable changes in life. If we try to dominate a situation with some kind of aggressive action, this becomes our only option. We cannot give in, or adapt, or bide our time - that would mean letting go of our grip, and we fear that. Having such narrow options makes it hard to solve problems. Forcing people to do what we want makes them resentful - inevitably they sabotage us or assert themselves against our will. What we find is that our desire to micromanage the world around us comes with which paradoxical effect?

That the harder we try to control things in our immediate environment, the more likely we are to lose control in the long run.

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The fearless approach
Most people tend to think of these forms of direct control as power itself - something that shows strength, consistency, or character. But in fact, how is the opposite the case?

They are forms of power that are infantile and weak, stemming from that deep-rooted fear of change and chaos. Before it is too late you need to convert to a more sophisticated, fearless concept of power - one that emphasizes fluidity.

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The fearless approach
Before it is too late you need to convert to a more sophisticated, fearless concept of power - one that emphasizes fluidity. Why is that?

Life has a particular pace and rhythm, and 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.

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The fearless approach
Before it is too late you need to convert to a more sophisticated, fearless concept of power - one that emphasizes fluidity. How do you do this? 1/2

The first and most important step is to let go of this need to control in such a direct manner. This means that you no longer see change and chaotic moments in life as something to fear, but rather as a source of excitement and opportunity.

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The fearless approach
Before it is too late you need to convert to a more sophisticated, fearless concept of power - one that emphasizes fluidity. How do you do this? 2/2

In a social situation in which you want the ability to influence people, your first move is to bend to their different energies. You see what they bring and you adapt to this, then find a way to divert their energy in your direction. You let go of the past way of doing things and adapt your strategies to the ever-flowing present.

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The fearless approach
Often what seems like chaos to us is merely a series of events that are new and hard to figure out. What's the fearless approach?

You cannot make sense of this apparent disorder if you are reactive and fearful, trying to make everything conform to patterns that exists only in your mind. By absorbing more of these chaotic moments with an open spirit, you can glimpse a pattern, a reason why they are occurring, and how you can exploit them.

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The fearless approach
As part of this new concept, you are replacing the old stalwart symbols of power - the rock, the oak tree, etc. - with that of water. Why?

Water is the element that has the greatest potential force in all of nature. It can adapt to whatever comes its way, moving around or over any obstacle. It wears away rock over time.

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The fearless approach
Water is the element to aspire to; but which attitude must you not confuse fluidity with?

This form of power does not mean you simply give in to what life brings you and drift. It means that you channel the flow of events in your direction, letting this add to the force of your actions and giving you powerful momentum.

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The fearless approach
You too face a world full of obstacles and limitations - a new environment where the competition is more global, complicated, and intense than ever before. Like the hustler, how must you find your freedom through the fluidity of your thoughts and your constant inventiveness?

This means having a greater willingness to experiment, trying several ventures without fear of failing here or there. It also means constantly looking to develop new styles, new directions you can take, freeing yourself up from any inertia that comes with age.

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The fearless approach
In a world full of people who are too conventional in their thinking, who respect the past far too much, such flow will inevitably translate into power and more room to move. What must you understand about flow?

That it is not only what you do that must have flow, but also how you do things. It is your strategies, your methods of attacking problems, that must constantly be adapted to circumstances.

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The fearless approach
Strategy is the essence of human action - the bridge between an idea and its realization in the world. Too often these strategies become frozen into conventions, as people mindlessly imitate what worked before. By keeping your strategies attuned to the moment, you can be an agent of change, the one who breaks up these dead ways of acting, gaining tremendous power in the process. How so?

Most people in life are rigid and predictable; that makes them easy targets. Your fluid, unpredictable strategies will drive them insane. They cannot foresee your next move or figure you out. That is often enough to make them give way or fall apart.

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Keys to Fearlessness
Momentum in life comes from increased fluidity, a willingness to try more, to move in a less constricted fashion. In many ways, we are the ones in control of this phenomenon, but it does not operate on a conscious enough level. On many levels it remains something hard to put into words, but by understanding the process, becoming more conscious of the elements involved, you can place your mind in a readied position, better able to exploit any positive movement in your life. Call this calculated momentum. For this purpose, which four types of flow must you practice and master?

-Mental Flow
-Emotional Flow
-Social Flow
-Cultural Flow

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-Mental Flow
Today we have regressed to a point that resembles the pre-Renaissance. Knowledge has once again hardened into rigid categories, with intellectuals shut off in various ghettos. Intelligent people are considered serious by virtue of how deeply they immerse themselves in one field of study, their viewpoint becoming more and more myopic. Someone who crosses these rigid demarcations is inevitably considered a dilettante. After college we are all encouraged to specialize, to learn one thing well and stick to it. We end up strangling ourselves in the narrowness of our interests. With all of these restrictions, knowledge has no flow to it. Life does not have these categories; they are mere conventions that we mindlessly abide by.
How does DaVinci remain the icon and the inspiration for a new form of knowledge?

In this form, what matters are the connections between things, not what separates them. The mind has a spectacular momentum itself; when it heats up and discovers something new, it tends to find other items to study and illuminate. All of the greatest innovations in history come from an openness to discovery, one idea leading to another, sometimes coming from unrelated fields.

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-Mental Flow
In this Davinci inspired form, what matters are the connections between things, not what separates them. The mind has a spectacular momentum itself; when it heats up and discovers something new, it tends to find other items to study and illuminate. All of the greatest innovations in history come from an openness to discovery, one idea leading to another, sometimes coming from unrelated fields. How must you develop this spirit and the same insatiable hunger for knowledge?

This comes from widening your fields of study and observation, letting yourself be carried along by what you discover. You will find that you will come up with unexpected ideas, the kind that will lead to new practices or novel opportunities. If things run dry in your particular line of work, you have developed your mind along other lines that you can now exploit. Having such mental flow will allow you to constantly think around any obstacle and maintain your career momentum.

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-Emotional Flow
By nature we are emotional creatures. It is how we primarily react to events; only afterwards are we able to see that such emotional responses can be destructive and need to be reined in. You cannot repress this part of human nature, nor should you ever try. It is like a flood that will overwhelm you all the more for your attempts to dam it up. What's the solution?

What you want is for these endless emotion that assail you during the day to wash over you, to nevver hold on to one single emotion for very long. You are able to let go of any kind of obsessive feeling. If someone says something that bothers you, you find a way to move quickly past the feeling - either to excuse what they said, to make it less important, or to forget.

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-Emotional Flow
Which skill must you develop in order to have emotional flow?

That of forgetting.

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-Emotional Flow
If you cannot help but feel anger or disgust in the moment, make it a point to not let it remain the following day. When you hold on to emotions like that, how is it as if you but blinders on your eyes?

For that amount of time, you see and feel only what this emotion dictates, falling behind events. Your mind stops on feelings of failure, disappointment, and mistrust, giving you that awkwardness of someone out of tune with the moment. Without realizing it, all of your strategies become infected by these feelings, pushing you off course.

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-Emotional Flow
For that amount of time, you see and feel only what this emotion dictates, falling behind events. Your mind stops on feelings of failure, disappointment, and mistrust, giving you that awkwardness of someone out of tune with the moment. Without realizing it, all of your strategies become infected by these feelings, pushing you off course. To combat this, how must you learn the art of counterbalance?

When you are fearful, force yourself to act in a bolder fashion than usual. When you feel inordinate hate, find some object of love or admiration that you can focus on with intensity. One strong emotion tends to cancel out the other and help you move past it.

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-Emotional Flow
It might seem that intense feelings of love, hate, or anger can be used to impel you forward on some project, but how is that an illusion?

Such emotions give you a burst of energy that falls quickly and leaves you as low as you were high. Rather, you want a more balanced emotional life, with fewer highs and lows.

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-Emotional Flow
Why do you want a more balanced emotional life, with fewer highs and lows?

This not only helps you keep moving and overcoming petty obstacles, but it also affects people's perceptions of you. They come to see you as someone who has grace under pressure, a steady hand, and they will turn to you as a leader. Maintaining such steadiness will keep that positive flow in motion.

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-Social Flow
Working with people on any level can be a disorderly affair. They bring their differences and own energy to the project, as well as their own agendas. The natural tendency for a leader is to try to tamp down these differences and get everyone on the same page. This seems like the strong thing to do, but in fact it stems from that infantile fear of the unpredictable. And in the end it becomes counterproductive. How so?

Those who work for you bring less and less energy to the task. After an initial burst of enthusiasm in your venture, the discontent of those working for you can quickly stifle any momentum you had developed.

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-Social Flow
Working with people on any level can be a disorderly affair. They bring their differences and own energy to the project, as well as their own agendas. The natural tendency for a leader is to try to tamp down these differences and get everyone on the same page. This seems like the strong thing to do, but in fact it stems from that infantile fear of the unpredictable. And in the end it becomes counterproductive. What should be your model for any venture that involves groups of people?

You provide the framework, based on your knowledge and expertise, but you allow room for this project to be shaped by those involved in it. They are motivated and creative, helping to give the project more flow and force. You are not going too far in this process; you set the overall direction and tone. You are simply letting go of that fearful need to make people do exactly as you desire.

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-Social Flow
You provide the framework, based on your knowledge and expertise, but you allow room for this project to be shaped by those involved in it. They are motivated and creative, helping to give the project more flow and force. You are not going too far in this process; you set the overall direction and tone. You are simply letting go of that fearful need to make people do exactly as you desire. How does this strategy help you in the long run?

In the long run, you will find that your ability to gently divert people's energy in your direction gives you a wider range of control over the shape and result of the project.

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-Cultural Flow
Understand: you exist in a particular cultural moment, with its own flow and style. When you are young you are more sensitive to these fluctuations in taste and so you generally keep up with the present. But as you get older the tendency is for you to become locked in a style that is dead, one that you associate with your youth and its excitement. If enough time passes, your style-lock can become quite ludicrous; you look like a museum piece. Your momentum will grind to a halt as people come to categorize you in a narrow period of time.
Instead, how must you find ways to periodically reinvent yourself?

You are not trying to mimic the latest trend - that will make you look equally ludicrous. You are simply rediscovering that youthful attentiveness to what is happening around you and incorporating what you like into a newer spirit. You are taking pleasure in shaping your personality, wearing a new mask. The only thing you really have to fear is becoming a social and cultural relic.

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What's this Chapter's first Reversal?

In Western culture, we tend to associate strength of character with consistency. People who shift around too much with their ideas and image can be judged as untrustworthy or even demonic. We honor those who are true to the past and certain timeless values. On the other hand, people who challenge and change the prevailing conventions are often viewed as destructive figures, at least while they are alive.