Mindset is everything. If you want to become successful in this world then you must cultivate a mindset that embraces masculinity, wisdom and wealth. And the best way to do this is to adopt the mindset of a king. In Become a King Charles Sledge shares his thoughts on how to achieve this mindset. He breaks down the process in 30 chapters, 21 of which are about adopting the right mindset.
Here are a few of the sections that really stood out to me:
On the harm of self-doubt:
There can no room for self-doubt in your life. Seriously. Throw out all that negative programming that has been ingrained in you since the day you were born. You know what I’m talking about the “be careful”, “you’ll fail”, and “that won’t work”. You have to actively fight back against the negative programming.
Recruiting the Subconscious
What is good? And what separates something truly beneficial for something that gives a fleeting ‘feel good’ moment?
Fill your subconscious with good things. Dwell on and think about good things. This doesn’t mean block out reality as many would interpret it. Good news is not necessarily a good thing. Good news could make you lazy or complacent. Often good things are painful and hard. Working out is good. Reading is good. I’m not talking about good as in feels good, I am talking about good as in is actually good for you. Changes the meaning a bit doesn’t it?
Getting unsolicited advice from people is most often annoying. Even moreso when the person has no idea what they’re talking about!
The two best ways to learn something new are a.) Speak with an expert and b.) Try for yourself, fail or succeed and learn from your experiences:
My advice on this to look for people who have acquired what it is you’re going after. Listen to people who have experience in what they are doing. You wouldn’t take driving advice from someone whose never driven so don’t take financial advice from someone who works a forty hour per week job and thinks saving ten percent of his paycheck will get him out of it. And even then you still have to make your own decisions.
Going From Good to Great
This was definitely my favorite section. It really resonated with me because it mirrors what I did/am doing now. I suspect it’s what most guys who want to achieve success do as well.
Every day working on my blog, reading books, writing books like the one you’re reading now, improving myself, taking chances. I wanted success bad. I thought about success. I thought about making it… Every day I am working towards my goals and every day I get closer to achieving all that I can in the time given to me and more.
If I had a steady job and a reasonably attractive girlfriend and a place to live. I may have never gone down this path. I would have been alright being good and never concerned myself with being great. Again ultimately it is up to you.
Another great section. There’s always room for growth, even in the brightest and most successful men.
When you look back at the greats that are remembered nearly every one of them dedicated themselves to acquiring knowledge and growing their entire lives. Until their deaths they were still learning, inventing, and trying.
Putting it All Together
A book like this requires that there is a guideline on how to add all these new ideas into a single lifestyle, and Charles doesn’t leave you hanging. Chapter 29 is ‘10 Steps to Begin Your Ascent’ offering suggestions for powerful habits to instill. If you take this advice to heart you will no doubt succeed.
Overall the book contained a lot of information. This is how Charles likes to write, as he tells you even, and from reading his last book The Primer. I don’t mind this at all. At times it seems that if he was writing too fast and missed a few edits, but some people do best writing in a stream-of-consciousness manner and it works out here.
Right now Become a King is just 99 cents on Amazon, for a limited time only (Until May 11th). Grab a copy while it lasts!