“The less you fear, the more power you will have and the more fully you will live.”
– Robert Greene, The 50th Law
Whether you fully realize it or not, almost all of us are afraid. Afraid of being mocked, disowned, rejected, and failing. What would you do if you could live without fear?
Enter: The 50th Law, by Robert Greene and 50 Cent. Built around 50 Cent’s rise from street hustler to mogul, The 50th Law examines how fearlessness and ambition breed success.
While I initially planned on reading this book for entertainment purposes only, I ended up learning some incredibly valuable lessons. As it turns out dealing drugs is a lot like being a law-abiding entrepreneur. In both games you can only rely on yourself, and you need to be fully immersed in your environment at all times. As teenage 50 Cent learned:
“The only way to survive was to admit that you were on your own, learn to make your own decisions, and trust your judgement.”
I found many of The 50th Law‘s anecdotes to be equally relatable and highly motivating. In the subsection “Reversal of Perspective,” I realized that 50 Cent and I share a similar life philosophy based off of Stoicism. This outlook allows for any negative situation to be turned into an opportunity:
“In this philosophy every event is seen as fated to occur. When you complain and rail against circumstances, you fall out of balance with the natural state of things; you wish things were different. What you must do instead is accept the fact that all events occur for a reason, and that it is within your capacity to see this reason as a positive.”
I found this book to be highly motivating, very insightful, and quite interesting. Reading 50’s life story also made me develop a new level of respect for him. If you’re interested in business and pushing yourself towards success, I highly recommend The 50th Law.