I think Rule #5 is clear. In the U.S. and probably everywhere else, except possibly Tibet, “Money equals Success!” So the objective for success is to get all the money you can. The problem is, you will probably come face-to-face with some moral dilemma sooner or later. That dilemma will be the moment of truth of your commitment to this rule for failure. If you are anything like most people you’ll probably have to learn through the “workshop of life.” That is, you’ll compromise (a little) of the right thing to do and go for the big pay off. Only to learn that the little compromise was your undoing.
The most recent examples of this situation are the admissions of Jason Giambi (New York Yankee baseball player) and Marion Jones (Olympic champion several times) use of steroids to enhance their performances. I would guess that the mental stress of knowing you cheated and trying to live with it is overwhelming. Which proves that there is something very deep within each of us that wants to be honest and truthful about ourselves. On the other hand, there are situations like Flyod Landis who claimed he did not use illegal performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France, although the tests indicated he did; unlike the tests for Lance Armstrong.
The endorsement and notoriety payoffs in these situations are enormous. It’s all about the money and being set for life. Except for the fact that if there is the “slightest” doubt, then someone will go to the ends of the earth to expose You! If you don’t do it to yourself, he or she will. In the case of competition, there is always someone just as driven to win as well as collect the “gold” that comes with the win.
As Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) states in the movie Wall Street , “Greed is Good. Greed is right. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.” At some level within each of us, particularly in the U.S., this is the credo that equates to success. Until, of course, we experience the fate of Bud Fox in that same movie. He is arrested for insider trading and apparently learns his lesson. However, he still does the time. So keep in mind the lyrics, “Don’t do the crime, if you can’t do the time!
The point of this rule is, you have to define your own definition of success. Not those flaunted by the media, such as “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” There are no famous people!!!! If you live your life full out with whatever you are good at. Then you are just as famous as anyone on this planet.. The only acknowledgement necessary is your own–which is commonly the most difficult one to get!
Write-in your stories of this rule so we can all learn more.