It's been awhile but I am moving onward with my series on The 50th Law by 50 Cent and Robert Greene, the best selling book that shares intimate knowledge about success and power by two people with very intimate knowledge about it. With each chapter, 50 Cent gives the reader a glimpse into his life as he shares his experiences and the knowledge he has gained from it with us. To back up his theories, he also gives examples of great historical figures and leaders that had similar experiences or who learned to apply the theories to their own lives. In Chapter 3, 50 Cent explores Opportunism, which he simply refers to as turning sh-- into sugar, an adage similar to what most of us squares sat: turning lemons into lemonade. 50 Cent tells us that every negative situation contains the possibility to create a positive opportunity for ourselves, it only matters how we look at the situation.
50 Cent says that the fearless approach to life requires us to believe that:
Events in life are not negative or positive. They are completely neutral. The universe does not care about your fate; it is indifferent to the violence that may hit you or to death itself. Things merely happen to you. It is your mind that chooses to interpret them as negative or positive. And because you have layers of fear that dwell deep within you, your natural tendency is to interpret temporary obstacles in your path as something larger---setbacks and crises.
50 Cent admonishes us to think like a hustler, because nature is as harsh and unpredictable as life on the streets. He tells us to think like a hustler, one who says:
I must make the most of what I have, even the bad stuff, because things are not going to get better on their own. It is foolish to wait, tomorrow may bring even worse sh--.
So what are the keys to battling this fear and making the most of every opportunity?
Well, for one we need to cast aside the idea that being an opportunist is a bad thing, and instead view it as being one who is smart, resourceful, positive and powerful---not the derogatory self-centered term we have all been taught.
Once you have done this, you are ready to move on to the other keys of fearlessness. Here is a brief summary, you'll need to buy your own copy for more insight:
Make the most of what you have.
Turn all obstacles into openings.
Look for turning points.
Move before you are ready.
Best of luck. I can't recommend this book enough. Each chapter gets better and better.