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#FFP01: ROBERT RINGER'S 'MILLION DOLLAR HABITS'
By Frederick Mann Â© Copyright 1995, 1997 Build Freedom Holdings ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Notice: This report contains copyrighted material. This information is free for personal use only. No part of these materials may be reproduced in any form - except for personal use - without permission from the copyright holder. Introduction Robert J. Ringer has written five books that I know of: Winning Through Intimidation, Looking Out For #1, Restoring the American Dream, How You Can Find Happiness During the Collapse of Western Civilization, and Million Dollar Habits. I’ve found them all very worthwhile reading and I recommend them highly. Copies of Ringer's books which are still in print can be ordered by clicking on the links. Million Dollar Habits is a systematic organization of Robert’s success principles. In this report I can provide only a brief outline of Robert’s principles. To get full value you need to study Robert’s complete original. Ringer’s first major premise "is that success is not dependent upon one’s being blessed with superior intelligence or special skills, nor does formal education, hard work, or luck play a major role in an individual’s climb toward success." His second major premise "is that the difference between success and failure is not nearly as great as most people believe." About two years before I became so successful with Build Freedom, a friend several times said to me that he thought I just needed to change a few minor things to become spectacularly successful, but he couldn’t put his finger on what I needed to improve. This supports Robert’s premise that the dividing line between success and failure is slim. (I believe that the specific thing I improved that played the most important role in my success is that I greatly improved my "Human Relations Habit" — which is described below.
" The most basic principle is: "Actions Have Consequences. listener. we live in a "world of delusions" and most of us suffer from selfdelusions. "[m]ost man-made laws are nothing more than legalized aggression against the sovereignty of peaceful individuals. Intellectually we are like babies trying to learn to crawl. when in reality we operate in a trance induced by a multitude of delusions." A fourth major premise is that all these habits can be learned and constantly improved. 1. My own view is that human consciousness (as indicated by Nietzsche) is. simple habits that always lead to success. A small mistake while driving could kill you. be they success or failure. Most people live in a fantasy or unreal world. which is unique to each individual. in its infancy. reality. We delude ourselves into believing that we are fully conscious. and rarely bear any relationship to natural law. The fact that most people live in a world of delusions has important implications for anyone interested in success." [emphasis added] The results you produce. We tend to fail because of our faulty perception of reality. In this report you’re being presented with many success principles. If you’re not already spectacularly successful. it’s up to you to discover the minor or major improvements you might have to make in order to succeed beyond your wildest dreams. are the consequences of your actions. sell people what they need. There are certain principles or natural laws that describe the essence of reality." Marlboro Country. In contrast. How? Simple. In contrast. They find it difficult to distinguish between the real world and their interpretation of the world. but you are not free to choose the consequences of your actions. Robert says: "[T]hat the success of most advertising is directly related to the degree to which it is able to delude the viewer. sell people what they want. in evolutionary terms. or moral soundness. we are led to infer. Just invite the prospect to do something realistic like "Come to Marlboro Country. or reader… An old marketing axiom states: If you want to do well. The Reality Habit By "reality" Robert means "existence" — which is the same for everyone. Robert’s third major premise is that: "Success is a matter of understanding and religiously practicing specific.It’s important to realize that sometimes a small action can have huge consequences. You are free to choose your actions. there is perception of reality. According to Robert. is about halfway between Shangri-La . if you want to get rich. To overcome these delusions we need to develop the habit of questioning everything and considering the opposite of every proposition.
right? Now. But government consists of people. we need to learn from the experiences of others. delusions of grandeur. Then there are people who believe that we have the power of choice and that our actions have consequences. the somethingfor-nothing urge. Question: If that were true." [emphasis added] One of the most important attitudes is the belief that in order to produce results we have to take actions. Robert covers several factors related to the Reality Habit: fear of truth. and consider the opposite to every "reason" for government. Maybe if you were to critically question the "justifications" for government. The constant search for truth — or the correct interpretation of reality — is essential to developing the Reality Habit. can change the outer aspects of their lives. Realistic. you know you’re going to be sitting atop a beautiful horse. We need to learn from both our successes and our failures. of course." Now consider the possibility that all political systems are totally based on delusions. Others believe in "predestination. the whole political structure would dissolve into absurd delusions. Maybe the "justifications" and "reasons" for government are as real as the "advertising reasons" for buying cigarettes or beer. The Attitude Habit Some people are convinced that life is random. I know what you’re thinking. Once you get there. puffing away on a lighted cigarette. and that it’s in their financial interests to keep feeding those delusions so customers will continue to buy their products. is to buy a pack of Marlboros. Most of all. Robert identifies four principles that form the core of the success attitude: . Robert quotes William James: "The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings. by changing the inner attitudes of their minds. Lincoln said that government should do for people what they can’t do for themselves. The first step toward making all this happen. No one possibly could be stupid enough to be deluded by such silliness. and naivety.and Brigadoon. looking like Robert Redford. So Lincoln’s statement can be translated: people should do for people what they can’t do for themselves. why have cigarette companies — not to mention numerous other advertisers — been running this same type of ad for years? Certainly not because the results are so bad they’re on the verge of going broke! It’s because they are delightfully aware that man inhabits a world of delusions. therefore we can’t really do anything effective about anything.’ 2. wearing a rugged suede jacket and cowboy hat." therefore the future is fixed and we can’t do anything about it. The Reality Habit is the foundation for all the other ‘Million Dollar Habits.
because we fail to connect the long-term benefits to the negative occurrence. Colonel Sanders apparently had to contact more than a thousand restaurants before one would put his chicken recipe on its menu. This is very important. it will make its appearance. 3. As you learn and improve your success rate increases.e. Napoleon Hill in Think and Grow Rich said. Take for example. "Anything the mind can conceive and believe. or they may appear in small increments over a long period of time.(a) In life there are always problems. sales that don’t close. There is an offsetting positive for every negative. "serious relative to what?" Robert describes the "catastrophe illusion": "Life is lost jobs.. nothing more than illusions. and deals that fall through at the last minute. (b) There’s a natural law of balance. (c) The law of averages. it might help to consider. None of these are fatal. you don’t get knocked down by them so easily. And when . people who treat us unfairly. a salesman." Robert advocates "alternative thinking" as a method for breaking out of our self-limiting ways of thinking. and circumstances necessary to achieve your objectives. Reality is that not every prospect will buy your product. (d) Through the power of your mind you exert a great deal of control over your destiny. When we think we have serious problems. and the product can be improved." 4. A problem is simply the next challenge to handle. they also may not appear until a much later date. if not always. The Present Living Habit To develop the Present Living Habit you have to find a game worth playing. and then having her throat slit. You have to contact the necessary number of prospects to make a sale. Of course. you possess the capacity to draw to yourself the things. starving Ethiopian girl being gang-raped by twenty terrorists. For every problem there’s also an opportunity." Robert says. you can qualify your prospects. misfortune and setbacks are often. it can achieve" and "When you’re ready for a thing. The Perspective Habit Imagine a twelve-year old. Put another way. "through the power of the mind. loans that aren’t granted. Once you intellectually and emotionally grasp that problems are simply part of life. they’re just life… It is also important to understand that the offsetting positives to a negative situation not only can be subtle in nature (i. people. In the long run you may find you have to present an opportunity to 30 people to make one sale. the association to the original negative may not always be apparent). you can improve your sales pitch.
and regardless of whether or not you like them … within reason. the more likely you will attract the attention of positive. you have to play it with intensity because your life and sanity depend on it. the essence of the Success Cycle is quite simple: The more certain you are about your purpose in life. the more you display the Present Living Habit and enthusiasm in your daily work. As with the habits that bring it about. the more present-living oriented and enthusiastic you’ll be. the more successful you’ll be. the more focused you’ll be on living in the present and the more focused you’ll be on living in the present and the more enthusiastic you’ll be in your day-to-day work." However. enthusiastic people you attract. enthusiastic people. people. The Success Cycle is the antitheses of the so-called vicious. You need to regard life as a journey rather than a destination. and in turn being able to live in the present. in the real world few people understand this philosophy." Robert says: "…[R]egardless of whether or not they are rational or moral. It’s extremely difficult to achieve any great degree of success from inside a prison cell. Thus you set in motion a self-perpetuating cycle of enthusiasm and success. The Morality Habit Robert agrees "with the philosophy that every individual should have the right to take whatever action he chooses. so long as he doesn’t forcibly interfere with the rights of others. most have never even heard about it.you’ve found it. and circumstances needed to translate the mental image of what you want out of life into physical reality. Robert suggests five questions to aid you in finding your game: (a) What do I enjoy? (b) What am I good at? (c) What do I want out of life? (d) What’s the price? (e) Am I willing to pay the price? Robert writes: "…I’d like to point out that one of the nice bonuses to having a meaningful purpose in life. and to the extent possible. is something I refer to as the Success Cycle. the more positive. and the more successful you are." 5." . This cycle in turn adds fuel to the dynamic mental process that draws to you the things. Most people live in the delusional world of so-called "man-made laws. you should attempt to obey man-made laws if only because it is pragmatic to do so. cycle. or failure.
genuineness. they will act positively toward you. safest approach to financial success is to be an . "Why am I doing this?" Other important questions are: "Does it matter?" and "If so. "You know. keep your expenses as low as possible. maybe there is! Anyway. he replied. if you treat people in positive ways. simplicity is the best approach to achieving results. You have to learn to get along with others and to cooperate with them. 7. When asked how he did it. Honesty is an important value. and activities. self-sufficiency. they will act negatively toward you. You can ask yourself. Robert says. The Human Relations Habit At almost everything you do. then." Robert identifies and covers these keys to cooperation: brevity. … There is no better catalyst for getting results than gaining the goodwill of others." How does the plan to distribute one particular book square with the Reality Habit? Maybe there is no simple way of "changing the world. You can acquire the skills to do so." But. and in between is your profit. In choosing your code of behavior you could consider the Code of Build Freedom given in our other reports.000 hardcover copies of Robert’s book Restoring the American Dream to start a grass-roots campaign to "change the course of Western Civilization. in order to succeed you have to deal with other people. graciousness. responsibility (including keeping commitments).You need to create your own moral or ethical standards. refinement. tactfulness. and value-for-value exchanges." He says: "Unwavering integrity makes a person free. decisiveness. It’s necessary to eliminate unnecessary thoughts." What’s very interesting about Paul is that he wanted to buy 70. The Simplicity Habit In general. tolerance. "The simplest. making money really is a very simple proposition." 6. you gain the cooperation of others. compassion. discretion. and nothing could be a more positive result than that. If you understand: "…[T]he techniques involved in successful human relations. All you do is charge the highest price for your product or service that the market will bear. We need to identify the most important things and concentrate on them. Robert defines integrity as "adherence to your code of moral values. projects. and this cooperation is the shortest distance between you and your goals… Actions have consequences: If you treat people in negative ways. you attract others who appreciate these same techniques …[W]hen you’re strong in… human relations. how much does it matter?" Robert describes how he met "an elderly gentleman named Paul" who had amassed a fortune of $500 million.
Once you’ve chosen your project. 9." Your chances of success increase dramatically to the extent that you eliminate these people from your life." He classifies Drain People into these categories: the Burr "Person." the "Hallucinator. energy." the "Self-Righteous." the "Complainer." and the "Thin Skin." (What they want." the "Deal Grabber. Robert writes: "Freedom comes from triumphing over your emotions and proving to yourself that you can be master of your destiny. The Drain People Elimination Habit Robert says." the "Conditional Person. Laserlike focus is perhaps the most common trademark of the supersuccessful… If you aspire to play in the big leagues." the "Guiltmonger.) 8. "Drain People are people who drain you of time. It means acting according to the ongoing analyses of the probable long-term consequences of your actions. if ever." the "Rudemonger." the "Destroyer. peace of mind." the "Silver Tongue. have had side occupations. "if you associate with the wrong people.accommodating free-enterpriser and make it a habit to sell people what they want." [emphasis added] . Dabblers are rarely. It’s when you focus totally. It means restraining the urges to act impulsively. Hobbies. if ever. you have to be consistently focused." the "Chiseler. you need to focus intensely and consistently on it. you subject yourself to emotional enslavement." the "Liar. relaxation." the "Sadist. In other words." Self-discipline involves self-control." "Legalman." the "Skinflint. and consistently on one project — a project that has the potential to yield a worthwhile payoff — that you have the greatest chance of success." the "Fingerpointer." the "Territorial Person. When you’re presented with an offer that seems too good to be true." the "Desperate Person. as opposed to what they need. analyze it very carefully and rationally before jumping in at the deep end. The Self-Discipline Habit Self-discipline has to do with becoming a master of yourself. When you allow your emotions to rule. comfort and/or money." the "Irrational. but not occupations. Robert says: "The most successful people in history rarely. it’s virtually impossible to succeed. acting according to your intellectual conclusions rather than your emotions." He also says. Self-discipline means being careful to not fall into the "too-good-to-be-true" trap. you must be prepared to play every point as though it were match point. sometimes foregoing instant gratification for longterm benefit. yes. intensely." the "Changer. successful. and never is a person less free than when he is enslaved by his emotions.
professions they dislike. For example. You have to improve the quality of your actions. you have to take actions. Robert identifies six obstacles to action: (a) Resistance to change (b) Waiting for something to happen (c) Feeling overwhelmed (d) The time is never right (e) Self-doubt (f) Adversity. I make no exceptions." Maybe you need to develop what I (Frederick Mann) call the "breakthrough habit. and other conditions that make their lives miserable. Actions that produce no or negative results need to be changed. I have strict rules regarding what I eat and what I don’t eat. Even if someone offered me $1. Robert regards fear of the unknown as the main reason why people tend to fear change. For these ideas to produce results in the world out there. the idea of making new year’s resolutions is very strange.000 to eat a small morsel of what’s on my forbidden list. Change is the essence of life.Self-discipline also means that you make certain rules for yourself. you do it. What usually keeps them from taking life-changing action is fear of the unknown. I wouldn’t even consider it. This report you’re now reading is a collection of ideas. (a) Resistance to change. To someone practicing self-discipline. That means our actions need to change." You think so much about improving your thinking and actions. If you know you have to do something. The circumstances of our lives change every day. "…[P]eople get stuck in dead-end jobs. to which there are no exceptions. Someone can always develop a better formula that makes your "winning formula" obsolete. the actions we take in applying the formula need to change from time to time. you have to take actions. Life is change. that you make a . And a winning formula does not remain a winning formula forever. Even if we hit on a winning formula. You have to learn from your actions. For you to make a fortune or become more successful at something. Why wait until January 1 to decide to do it? 10. You have to persist with your actions. The Action Habit To produce results you have to act.
three.000 hardcover copies of Robert’s book Restoring the American Dream to start a grass-roots campaign to "change the course of Western Civilization. Sometimes there are so many things we think we need to do. But in ten years we can only do a thousand of these things. four. At the same time. maybe Congress will do it and maybe they won’t. I surrender my power and I put my destiny in the wrong hands — to say the least! (c) Feeling overwhelmed.significant breakthrough at least once a week. we have to do a million things. Personally I operate on the assumption that one person can set in motion a process whereby all the things necessary to "change the world" will eventually be done. Build Freedom is my attempt to set this process in motion. How long are you going to wait for them to do it? You have to personally take actions to make things happen. that we become overwhelmed. So if I want 30. Many advocates of freedom come up with plans to increase freedom that include steps like "Congress must do so-andso. (b) Waiting for something to happen. You need to operate on the principle that if you want something to happen. What needs to be done to straighten out the people of this planet seems overwhelming. or five will. and a major breakthrough at least once a month. I don’t depend on you specifically to do anything." probably underestimates the task by a factor of a thousand or more! (Robert’s friend Paul — mentioned earlier under the Simplicity Habit — who wanted to buy 70. I can do all this without depending on anyone but myself.000. Based on the observable results of my action." Well. Each author who thinks his book is going to "change the world.000. I ask you to do the same. irrespective of what you do. If we feel overwhelmed we may do nothing. This principle is a very important ingredient of creating an unstoppable movement. I have to persuade other people to do some of the things that need to .000.) We can never do all the things that need to be done. I’ve read several hundred books on "how to fix the world" in one way or another. I ask you in a way that’s profitable. And there need to be observable results to your actions. The success of my action is measured by the number of people who buy this report.000. I have to ask 1. I know that if I ask a hundred people to take action. So how can we possibly make the project work? Build Freedom is such a project. I constantly seek to improve my action. so I can use the profits to eventually ask 1. If I ask Congress to do something. It seems impossible to do even half of all the things we need to do. I also need a profitable way to ask a hundred people." suffered from this very underestimation. you have to make it happen. My action is to ask you the reader to take certain actions. Furthermore. I can use the profit to ask other people.000 people to take action. Sometimes we think that to make a particular project work. so. So my power and destiny are in my own hands.
and do it! (e) Self-doubt. Barbara Streisand apparently didn’t give a public concert for twenty years because of stage fright. it seems impossible for some people to even make a list of things to do. I recommend that you purchase his book Million Dollar Habits. their greatest fear is public speaking. If there’s something you need to do. It’s in fact a method of programming yourself to be a procrastinator. Making new year’s resolutions is simply a disguised form of procrastination. I know that for some strange reason I haven’t been able to fathom. The first step in overcoming self-doubt is to realize that everyone suffers to a greater or lesser degree from it." Also. Many rich and famous people sometimes feel very insecure.be done. albeit unintentionally or unknowingly. prioritize your list. In creating and expanding Build Freedom I need to carefully." "I didn’t finish the report last night because I decided it was more important to relax and watch the ball game. and perform the actions. but I never got past the first few pages! The simplest method for overcoming the obstacle is to make a list of the things you need to do. Everyone has some self-doubt and suffers from insecurity. Robert says that self-doubt is a much more common problem than most realize. who’ve refused to sit down and attempt to agree on a list of actions to take. then decide immediately to do it. Procrastination is probably the most insidious obstacle to action. a world in which we continually meet people who try to convince us that what we want to do can’t be done. A few times I tried to read one of them. There are always a thousand "reasons" to postpone an action or to wait for the "right time. In truth. Maybe this has something to do with why. So the first step in overcoming procrastination might to be to start getting into the habit of telling ourselves (and others) the truth. deliberately. For example. every successful person in history has been told — many times — that what he wanted to accomplish ." I have a few books on the subject of procrastination. what would be the maximum downside? Robert writes: "Third. for most people. when people say they "didn’t have time" to do something. Robert suggests nine specific and powerful steps to take to overcome the overwhelm problem. The truth is that they didn’t do it because they decided something else was more important. they are really lying. I’ve tried to work with several people on joint projects. and consciously choose the most effective actions to take. "I don’t want to make that phone call because I’m scared she’ll turn me down. The second step is to make an objective analysis of what would happen if you were to take an action and fail. I need to do this every day. (d) The time is never right. we live in a very negative world.
Robert says "there’s no such thing as success without adversity. until eventually you succeed. So what? You learn from these failures and you become more competent. Adversity. There are two lessons here. grow.000 to get the new idea off the ground. They are obstacles inside our self. adversity refers to bad things outside our control: storms. That’s unfortunate. But we can control how we interpret it and how we respond to it. sometimes in a big way. The five obstacles covered above are all mental or self-generated. massive disappointment. We can only control a small part of our environment. Within a few years." In general we can’t control adversity. He spent about two years to find someone to back his idea. it’s easy to understand why most people do not display a great deal of perseverance." Fourth. Adversity teaches us long-term success through perseverance. Within six months about sixty franchises were sold. — calamities that may unexpectedly strike us from time to time. Defeat can occur only when you decide . The law of balance tells us that every negative has a positive. earthquakes. They form part of our mental makeup. TWA sold Century 21 to Prudential Life for $250 million. had become a household name and was purchased by Trans World Airlines for $89 million. the lessons Marsh learned from his first franchising failure enabled him to eventually become spectacularly successful. if you stop to think about it. Robert writes: "Given what’s involved. and massive frustration. Adversity gives us the opportunity to learn. First. Adversity tests our commitment to our goals. Balding. and become stronger. It’s what makes you persist long after the other guy has given up. If you persist the law of averages is on your side. He then came up with a new franchising idea. in contrast. fires. Government with its licenses. government. taxes. considering that perseverance probably is the ultimate manifestation of the Action Habit. And a few years after that. In fact. (f) Adversity. In an article about Fred Astaire the day after he died. The important question is whether or not a person will allow such negative input to prevent him from taking action. Perseverance means being able to handle massive rejection. At age forty-four he got involved in a franchise business. is external. you need to realize that a lot of the time you will fail." Such is the story of life. an idea coupled with persistent action is a powerful success force. and regulations constitutes an external obstacle to success. Can dance a little. floods. etc. Second.couldn’t be done. Marsh’s company. More extensive methods for overcoming self-doubt are covered in Report #TL04A: The Most Fundamental Human Problem. I was amused by a quote from a critic’s review early in Astaire’s career: "Can’t act. because it is continual action. After two years the business failed. Century 21 Real Estate. Generally. Robert tells the story of Marsh Fisher. Eventually. Can’t sing. accidents. no one can defeat you. at age fortyseven he found someone who put up $6.
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