He had never regarded other men as anything but puppets of a sort, created to fill up an empty world.
He divided them into two classes: those he greeted because some chance had put him in contact with them, and those he did not greet.
But both these categories of individuals were equally insignificant in his eyes.
– Guy de Maupassant (An Old Man)
How would you like your life to be different?
Imagine the next time you find yourself in a challenging situation that you also found yourself fearless and daring. How would your life be different then? My guess is that this new found courage brings with it a breath of fresh air for you.
Now imagine that, in addition to your dauntless approach, you were also charming and displayed a devil-may-care attitude. How would the people you interact with respond? Again, refreshing, isn’t it?
Before you get too comfortable with these new found traits of yours, understand that I’ve been describing something known as “fearless dominance.” It is the desire to be in control at all times, to prevail at all costs, and even a willingness to take extreme risks. It is a life where worry takes a backseat to mastery.
And this trait is also a component of being a sociopath.
And it is also the trait of some of our more successful Presidents and entrepreneurs and business tycoons.
So how do you make certain that you use “fearless dominance” for good rather than bad?
A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO FEARLESS DOMINANCE
1. Act as if you’ve chosen everything that happens to you. Even when something happens that you didn’t expect. There’s a secret to improvisation in the business world and it all centers around constantly saying, “of course,” to whatever comes your way. This all boils down to having intense faith in yourself and your ability to say “I can handle this” at every step along your journey.
2. Be fanatical about everything that’s important. And make most of what you give your attention to important. This means you have to dig deep and get in touch with what truly motivates you and prioritize what you do in order to make those things that are important happen. This also means you have to surround yourself with people who will support your passion and zeal.
3. Take risks and be impulsive. Take lots of risks. And learn to be spontaneous. Grab opportunities that pop up by the throat and refuse to let them go until they yield to you. Opportunities arise, by the way, when you look out at the world with confidence and passion (see Items 1 and 2). You must then take massive action to act on what is presented to you or what arises from your acts of creation.
4. Always be training and studying. Everyone you meet is your teacher. Learn from them. Always be asking “how can I use this?” And always train and study with the aim of being prepared. Warren Buffet once said, “Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.” While I want you to take risks (see Item 3), I encourage you to make them calculated risks.
5. Know the difference between a strategy and a tactic. And always, always, always, know your strategy. A strategy is what you want to achieve. A tactic is how you achieve that end goal. Most people go through life reacting to what Life (or other people) throws their way. They use tactics to survive. I want you to use strategies to thrive and that means figuring out what you want in the first place.
6. Give first in order to get. Fearless dominance does not have to mean thoughtless cruelty (that would make you a sociopath). And it does not mean a reckless disregard for the world around you (that would make you a jerk). One of the first rules of making your dreams a reality is understanding that everything comes with a price. What are you willing to give in order to get your wish? Once you figure that out, start giving that now. Don’t fall into the trap of saying, “I’ll do this once that comes along.”
7. Be a superhero. Be larger than life. Being a superhero means understanding what that means. Superman isn’t just Superman. He is “Truth, Justice, and the American way.” Batman isn’t just the Dark Knight, he stands for the proposition that “nothing is impossible.” And Spiderman isn’t just Spiderman, he stands for the concept that “with great power comes great responsibility.” A Superhero’s actions are consistent with their motto. Now, what do you stand for? What is your motto? What is your personal manifesto? Every superhero is on a journey. Take time to understand the journey that you’re on.
Consistent and highly successful people must be bold in their thoughts and actions. There will be challenging choices. There will be times of giving and of taking. You can be a great leader by adding “fearless dominance” to your success toolkit. Just make certain that you optimize that trait with interest and care in the affairs of others. Otherwise, you’re just a bully. And even a superhero doesn’t act in a vacuum.
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