Part 2 of the 100 Unbreakable Laws of Business Success by Brian Tracy covers the laws of success.
What is success? For Brian Tracy, success can be defined as “being happy with what you’ve got.” Success is not necessarily determined by material possessions or accomplishments. You can enjoy success simply by reaching the point where you are perfectly content with your life in every respect and you feel no dissatisfaction or pressing need for anything else. In this sense, you can be a success sitting by yourself in a quiet place contemplating the world. The laws of success are broken down into 14 sub-categories.
6. The law of control
You feel good about yourself to the degree to which you feel that you are in control of your own life. The reverse of this law, of course, is that you feel negative about yourself to the degree to which you feel you are not in control of your own life or that you are controlled by other people or circumstances.
7. The law of accident
Life is a series of random occurrences and things just happen by accident. This law is really a psychological principle that is accepted without question by most people, thereby making it a law for them. If you believe something to be true, even if it is completely false, you will think and feel in such a way that it will be true for you.
8. The law of responsibility
You are completely responsible for everything you are and for everything you become and achieve. You become what you think about most of the time. And only you can decide what you think and how you think about it. Therefore, only you are responsible for what happens in your life.
9. The law of direction
Successful people have a clear sense of purpose and direction in every area of their lives. Success is goals, and all else is commentary. Your ability to set clear, specific goals for yourself in every area of your life will do more to guarantee you higher levels of success and achievement than any other single skill or quality.
10. The law of compensation
You are always fully compensated for whatever you do, positive or negative. There is perfect justice in the world, at least in the long term. Whatever you put in, you get out. The more you give, the more you receive. If you want to increase the quality and quantity of your rewards, you must increase the quality and quantity of your contribution.
11. The law of service
Your rewards in life will be in direct proportion to the value of your service to others. Our primary job as members of society is to find the best way to incorporate ourselves into the fabric of society by serving as many others as well as we possibly can.
12. The law of applied effort
All worthwhile achievements are amenable to hard work. Nothing will bring you to the attention of your superiors faster than your developing a reputation for being a hard worker. People who are in a position to help you advance in your career will always be impressed by your willingness to work harder and longer than anyone else.
13. The law of over-compensation
If you always do more than you are paid for, you will always be paid more than you are getting now. To be a big success, you must always be looking for opportunities to go beyond the requirements of your job.
14. The law of preparation
Effective performance is preceded by painstaking preparation. The mark of the serious person, or the real professional, in any field is that he takes far more time to prepare than the average.
15. The law of forced efficiency
The more things you have to do in a limited period of time, the more you will be forced to work on your most important tasks. This is another way of saying that there is never enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do the most important things.
16. The law of decision
Every great leap forward in life is preceded by a clear decision and a commitment to action. All high-achieving men and women are decisive in their thinking and in their actions. They think things through carefully in advance. They decide exactly what they want, and then they make definite decisions. They then take specific actions to turn those decisions into realities.
17. The law of creativity
Your ability to generate constructive ideas is, to all intents and purposes, unlimited. Therefore, your potential is unlimited as well. Ideas are a mode of transportation, a vehicle that you can use to take yourself from wherever you are to wherever you want to go. Your job is to generate as many ideas as possible, evaluate them carefully against your current goals, and then take action on them. The greater the quantity of ideas that you develop, the greater will be the quality of the ideas you have available to you.
18. The law of flexibility
Success is best achieved when you are clear about the goal but flexible about the process of getting there. When you set a clear goal for yourself and make a plan, you usually have a fairly good idea of what it is you will have to do to get whatever it is you want to achieve. However, a thousand things can change, each of which can require changes to your plan. The most optimistic and creative people are those who are open, flexible, and fluid in the face of the inevitable and continual changes they are required to make as they move toward their goals.
19. The law of persistence
Your ability to persist in the face of setbacks and disappointments is your measure of your belief in yourself and your ability to succeed. Persistence is the iron quality of success. The most important asset you can have—the one quality that separates you from everyone else—is your ability to persist longer than anyone else.
That marks the end of Part 2 of the 100 Unbreakable Laws of Success by Brian Tracy.
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