Early on in life I knew that I was a writer, that I just wanted to write, I love books, I love literature and after graduating college, I kind of wandered around in Europe learning languages and writing novels and never led anywhere. And then I got into like journalism in New York as a way to kind of maybe find my way into the field and it wasn’t a good fit. It just wasn’t right for me.
My greatest wish is that a certain way of looking at the world, a way I show in all of my books, gets into my readers’ heads, and slowly alters their perception.
One person reads the book, and cannot help telling a friend. That is vastly superior to any kind of advertisement, or clever magazine article. That is also the great power of the internet, where people share their opinions without the annoying screen of the media, and so much of the presence of my books has come from the Internet. It’s a new era, a new form of war, and I embrace it.
As a writer you know you don’t have to deal with a lot of the crap that most people deal with, the political things. Every couple of years when your book comes out then you have to go into these fights with the publisher and the publicist and that’s it.
The ideas get under your skin. I am honored and deeply excited by the thought that the next generation of writers, or whomever, are influenced by these books.
The dreamers, those who misread the actual state of affairs and act upon their emotions, are often the source of the greatest mistakes in history-the wars that are not thought out, the disasters that are not foreseen
When it comes to power, outshining the master is perhaps the worst mistake of all.
Grand strategy is the art of looking beyond the present battle and calculating ahead. Focus on your ultimate goal and plot to reach it.
The time that leads to mastery is dependent on the intensity of our focus.
I like lecturing and going around the world and giving talks and I like doing consulting and helping people.
When someone is not there all the time it gives us space to think about them. Your job in influence and persuasion is to get the other person to think about you or your product without you forcing yourself upon them or without you making them think about you.
No one is really going to help you or give you direction. In fact, the odds are against you.
A few years ago, for my birthday, Sean Price Williams said, “I’ll give you one free day of shooting.” He shot Kati with an I and co-shot Fake It So Real. While we’ve always worked together, I didn’t want him to do it for free, so he cashed in his birthday chip and came for this one day.
Be as fluid as water, do not give your enemies anything solid to attack
I have the point that everybody essentially have these unique set of DNA you have. There’s something different about you genetically. You are unique is what I am trying to say – the combination of experiences and emotions you have felt are never repeated.
People want to feel united, they want to have that religious sense they want to feel like at a rave 10,000 people at the rave are feeling the same emotions, a very primal need that’s not being fulfilled in the world today.
The combination of experiences and emotions you have felt are never repeated.
The truth is that creative activity is one that involves the entire self – our emotions, our levels of energy, our characters, and our minds.
You’re always feeling powerless in life. If you’re in an abusive relationship or working for what we call a psychotic boss sometimes the only option is to leave because you’re emotions get so entangled with these manipulative people that staying there you’re just helpless because they’re good at passive aggressive games and you’re not, so you have to leave.
To succeed in the game of power, you have to master your emotions. But even if you succeed in gaining such self-control, you can never control the temperamental dispositions of those around you. And this presents a great danger.