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Act Like a King and Be Treated Like One

I was reading one of my favorite books, 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene and after reading Law 34 (Be Royal in your Own Fashion), I wanted to pass along this passage:

“As children, we start our lives with great exuberance, expecting and demanding everything in the world. This generally carries over into the first forays into society, as we begin our careers. But as we grow older the rebuffs and failures we experience set up boundaries that only get firmer with time. Coming to expect less from the world, we accept limitations that are really self-imposed. We start to bow and scrape and apologize for even the simplest of requests. The solution to such a shrinking of horizons is to deliberately force ourselves in the opposite direction—to downplay the failures and ignore the limitations, to make ourselves demand and expect as much as the child.”

The passage goes on to state that if we believe we are destined for great things, our belief will radiate outward and will infect the people around us, who will think there must be a reason why you’re so confident. Successful people believe so firmly in their own greatness that it becomes a reality. “The trick is simple: Be overcome by your self-belief. Even while you know you are practicing a kind of deception on yourself, act like a king. You are likely to be treated as one.”

Be bold, be different and separate yourself from most people around you. And one way to be different is to have dignity no matter what. The bottom line is to believe in yourself and people will start to believe in you. Be confident, act like a king and get the great results you expected.

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