“Unlimited Power” is a must read for those who are seeking change and sustainable success. These are the most important golden passages that I wanted to share with you today.
“To me, success is the ongoing process of striving to become more. It is the opportunity to continually grow emotionally, socially, spiritually, physiologically, intellectually, and financially while contributing in some positive way to others. The road to success is always under construction. It is a progressive course, not an end to be reached.”
“Action is what produces results. Knowledge is only potential power until it comes into the hands of someone who knows how to get himself to take effective action.”
“If you look at successful people, you’ll find they followed these steps. They started with a target because you can’t hit one if you don’t have one. They took action because just knowing isn’t enough. They had the ability to read others, to know what response they were getting. And they kept adapting, kept adjusting, kept changing their behavior until they found what worked.”
“The point is not to walk on fire. I think it’s fair to assume there’s no great economic or social benefit to be gained from a blissful stroll across a bed of hot coals. Instead, the firewalk is an experience in personal power and a metaphor for possibilities, an opportunity for people to produce results they previously had thought impossible.”
“People have been doing some version of firewalking for thousands of years. In some parts of the world, it’s a religious test of faith. When I conduct a firewalk, it’s not part of any religious experience in the conventional sense. But it is an experience in belief. It teaches people in the most visceral sense that they can change, they can grow, they can stretch themselves, they can do things they never thought possible, that their greatest fears and limitations are self-imposed.”
“Bunker Hunt, the Texas oil billionaire, was asked once if he had any one piece of advice he could give people on how to succeed. He said that success is simple. First, you decide what you want specifically; and second, you decide you’re willing to pay the price to make it happen—and then pay that price. If you don’t take that second step, you’ll never have what you want in the long term. I like to call the people who know what they want and are willing to pay the price to get it “the few who do” versus “the many who talk.” I challenge you to play with this material, to read it all, to share what you learn, and to enjoy it.
I’ve stressed the primacy of taking effective action. But there are many ways to take action. Most of them depend on a large degree of trial and error. Most people who have been great successes have adjusted and readjusted countless times before they got what they wanted. Trial and error is fine, except for one thing: it uses a vast quantity of the one resource none of us will ever have enough of—time.”
“So I ask you, What’s the difference between the haves and the have-nots? What’s the difference between the cans and the cannots? What’s the difference between the dos and the do-nots? Why do some people overcome horrible, unimaginable adversity and make their lives a triumph, while others, in spite of every advantage, turn their lives into a disaster?”
” Fact, there’s no more powerful directing force in human behavior than belief. In essence, human history is the history of human belief. The people who have changed history—whether Christ, Mohammed, Copernicus, Columbus, Edison, or Einstein—have been the people who have changed our beliefs. To change our own behaviors, we have to start with our own beliefs. If we want to model excellence, we need to learn to model the beliefs of those who achieve excellence.”
“The best salesmen are those who are rejected the most. They’re the ones who can take any “no” and use it as a prod to go onto the next “yes.”
The biggest challenge for people in our culture is that they can’t handle the word “no.” What would you do if you knew you could not fail? Think about it now. If you knew you couldn’t fail, would that change your behavior? Would that allow you to do exactly what you want to do? So what’s keeping you from doing it? It’s that tiny word “no.” To succeed, you must learn how to cope with rejection, learn how to strip that rejection of all its power.”
“There are no real successes without rejection. The more rejection you get, the better you are, the more you’ve learned, the closer you are to your outcome. The next time somebody rejects you, you might give him a hug. That’ll change his physiology. Turn “no’s” into hugs. If you can handle rejection, you’ll learn to get everything you want.”
“Power today is the ability to communicate and the ability to persuade. If you’re a persuader with no legs, you’ll persuade someone to carry you. If you have no money, you’ll persuade someone to lend you some. Persuasion may be the ultimate skill for creating change. After all, if you’re a persuader who’s alone in the world and doesn’t want to be, you’ll find a friend or a lover. If you’re a persuader with a good product to sell, you’ll find someone who’ll buy it. You can have an idea or a product that can change the world, but without the power to persuade, you have nothing. Communicating what you have to offer is what life is all about.”
Stay positive! Set clear detailed objectives, learn from mistakes! Take action, keep learning and enjoy!