Chapter 5: The Seven Lies of Success
“The mind is its own place, and in it self Can make a Heav’n of Hell, a Hell of Heav’n.” ~John Molton
In this chapter, Tony Robbins gives us the seven beliefs of successful people. As you can see by the chapter title, he refers to them as “lies.” He uses this word to explain that our beliefs, our philosophies, and actions toward success can be so powerful to us and others but we never actually know how the world is. He explains that we do not know exactly how things are. However, the word “lie” does not mean “to be deceitful or dishonest” but is a useful way to remind us that no matter how much we believe in something, have to be open to other possibilities and continuous learning. He explains that these seven beliefs of successful people are up for your own interpretation and use:
(1) Everything happens for a reason and a purpose, and it serves us.
(2) There is no such thing as failure. There are only results.
(3) Whatever happens, take responsibility.
(4) It’s not necessary to understand everything to be able to use everything.
(5) People are your greatest resource.
(6) Work is play.
(7) There’s no abiding success without commitment.
Of course, we all know that nothing, especially something as great as success, is guaranteed to us. But if you use these beliefs about success plus ones you may acquire on your own, you will be on the right path to succeeding.