The 50th Law: Keep Moving-Calculated Momentum

It's been awhile since I've written on The 50th Law but I am pressing on into this series.  I will be finishing this series soon so bear with me the long breaks and absences of writing.  In Chapter 4, 50 tells us to Keep Moving using Calculated Momentum.  The theme of this chapter is that no matter what life throws us we must keep moving and never give up on our goals and dreams. As always, he begins this chapter with a recount of 50 Cent's life where this key has been used in both his street life and musical career.  50 points out that hustlers usually have more than one hustle going so that at least one of them pays off.  This theory is also used by many business models and some of the more innovative businessmen. It is a theory that can be used in almost every field and is the motto of many successful people.

He tells us that we must be fluid, like water, willing to adapt to and move around obstacles.  We should try different ventures without the fear of failing and develop new styles and directions.  We must be fluid in the following ways:

  1. Letting go of the need to control and micro-manage everything.

  2. Creating methods in attacking problems and adapting to circumstances.

  3. Using strategies that are fluid and unpredictable as strategy is the essence of human action.

  4. [Pages 93-103]

In this chapter I learned that momentum in life comes from fluidity and flexibility.

..Momentum in life comes from increased fluidity, a willingness to try more, to move in a less constricted fashion.  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...

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This fluidity comes from developing four forms of flow:

  1. Mental Flow-an insatiable hunger for knowledge across all fields like Da Vinci which can lead to unexpected ideas, new practices and opportunities.

  2. Emotional Flow-never let one emotion overtake you-counterbalance negative emotions with positive emotions to keep a balanced emotional center.

  3. Social Flow-provide framework but allow room for others to get involved and give the project more flow and force.

  4. Cultural Flow-we exist in a particular cultural moment with its own flow and style, don't follow trends but every four years reinvent ourselves.

50 Cent and Robert Greene's book(s) are controversial because they are not spiritually based but they are enlightening.  Many people find the concept of being fearless and using the strategies mentioned in this book disconcerting.  However, the 50th Law uses examples of prominent people who have used the strategies from all walks of life, across continents and historical eras.  In this chapter alone, he used examples of Da Vinci, Mao Zedong, Ingmar Berman and Miles Parker--all successful and controversial historical figures.

I will continue to press through and finish this book.  It has been a slow read for me because while it is engaging, I find this book really challenging as I look at my own life and how to apply the keys that I have learned.