Is there a secret force that can influence others to do what you want them to do?
No one really knows the answer to that question. All who have sought it failed. But one thing’s for sure: Influential people, through the ages, have discovered how to lead others effectively, how to drive them to do things past human endurance — and how to achieve greatness through them.
You can now put this power into your own hands. You must decide whether you intend to use it to achieve great wealth, power, romance or the greater happiness for all of mankind.
If you were to probe a library full of biographies and histories, you would easily perceive the FIRST FACT of greatness, understand its importance and recognize the role it can have in your life.
FACT ONE: ALL INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANT.
You might think that everyone already knows what he or she wants out of life. This is a mistake, however. Most people go through life only dimly aware of their hidden desires. Those who manage to gain clarity of vision have been able to perceive a path toward their ultimate goals. But beware: Once you possess a vision, it may possess and consume you, as well. Do you want to discover a cure for cancer? Do you want the love and affection of a wonderful partner? Do you want to live a simple, happy life and make others happy, as well?
Always carry a notebook with you so you can discover the clues that comprise your innermost desire. When you have taken a careful look at the inner workings of your mind and probed your actions, you will be ready for FACT TWO.
FACT TWO: ALL INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE NEVER TAKE “NO” FOR AN ANSWER.
You must banish every negative thought from your mind. Never forget that all things are possible. If it weren’t for the naysayers in this world, we would be living in a veritable paradise. Once you are sure of your inner desire, you will be amazed at how quickly you will begin to discover how it can be attained. Self-doubt is the plague that will destroy modern man.
You must set aside all nagging doubts and uncertainties. You must set aside all petty thoughts. You must set aside all the daily small diversions that keep you from your goal. You must set aside all feelings of evil, vengeance, jealousy, hate, anger and discontent — for these feelings will divert and thwart you.
Once you have set aside these destructive tendencies, you will have come much closer to attaining your ultimate desire. But here you must avoid the most dangerous pitfall on the road to success. Never disavow your emotions. Whether you are happy or sad, angry or at peace, lonely or tranquil, you must understand the source of your feelings and incorporate them into your ultimate goal.
FACT THREE: ALL INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THE HIDDEN DESIRES THAT DRIVE OTHERS.
Though you have discovered your hidden desire, others continue to live unaware of the complex network of forces that stand behind their actions. If you can understand what drives them to act, you can help them realize their goals, and they will help you further your own quest.
FACT FOUR: INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE TRUST THOSE WHO ARE TRUSTWORTHY AND HONOR THAT TRUST.
You can’t conquer new worlds alone, you need help. You need people you can always trust and who will trust you and support you in return. You need men and women who will understand your demands and goals.
FACT FIVE: INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE HAVE MADE THEMSELVES INDISPENSABLE TO OTHERS
If you dare to be great, you must be willing to stand alone and make tough decisions that others shun. You must act freely and unselfconsciously, always understanding your ultimate goal. When others weaken, you must dare to be strong.
When you have mastered this process, you will have become indispensable to those around you. They will look to you in moments of weakness, searching for strength and support. As long as you serve them, they will serve you. When you have achieved this height of greatness and power, and people accept the fact of your greatness, an aura, a charisma will envelop you and bear you aloft through future conflict.