Cloud describes an individual in this book he constantly calls a "deja vu person." This deja vu person is someone that he meets that causes him to think back to a time in his life or a time where he saw someone else do something similar. Cloud claims to have found these instances more times than not when dealing with successful people in love and life. The 9 things he speaks of are not necessarily some made up list of criteria. I found myself reading the book and completely agreeing with him and even having some deja vu moments myself.
Cloud introduces his nine things be beginning with the “dig it up” idea. Cloud states that successful people learn to look within themselves for the motivation, ideas, and creativity needed to accomplish great things. He states that within each individual is a talent or ability that has been either fostered or squashed throughout childhood. Those who are successful in life find that inner voice and desire and capitalize on it. Those who do not find it spend a lifetime working and planning things that never bring satisfaction.
Cloud’s second principle is called “pull the tooth.” Cloud here states that successful people go ahead and get things over with before they get a chance to do much damage. In short, successful people or déjà vu people, eliminate the negative energy and influences around them on a regular basis. They do this even if it causes initial pain. For déjà vu people, they see the positive of removing the negative more so than the pain or aggravation of removing the negative.
The third principle is called “play the movie.” In this way, a déjà vu person will imagine things as they may transpire down the road if they continue on the current path in which they are on. In this way, a person is able to accurately anticipate what making a decision or not making a decision may cause in the future. This allows an individual to be fully aware of what he or she is doing while understanding the consequences and repercussions involved.
The fourth principle is to “do something.” Here Cloud deals with the individual’s power to do something or anything in a situation. Cloud states that too many times individuals become paralyzed in their situation waiting on someone else to make the first move. He mentions a counseling session with a woman who was fighting with her sister but refused to confront her because she believed she had done nothing wrong. Cloud here states that finding success is less about remaining in the right corner as much as it is about doing something to correct a wrong situation.
Cloud’s fifth principle is to “act like an ant.” Cloud uses the parallel of the work ethic of an ant to describe the process by which déjà vu people act. He mentions the fact that an ant will take one grain of sand at a time to build the masterpiece which becomes an ant bed or in his example, an ant farm palace. As the ant knocks out his goal one grain of sand at a time, Cloud states that successful people focus on their goals and not them out one step at a time. He speaks of doing this in saving money, paying off debt, and losing weight particularly.
His sixth principle is to “hate well.” Most Christians would say we shouldn’t hate anything but maybe sin. Cloud proposes that we can hate sin and we can hate other evils or idiosyncrasies. In hating certain things however, we must do it “well.” This is to say, we must understand how to thoughtfully and effectively attack the things we do not like. We must remember that people are no those things. An effective attack on something we hate can effectively disable its influence and progress.
Cloud’s seventh principle is “don’t play fair.” Cloud here suggests not giving people what they “deserve.” Fairness might be focusing on who started something or refraining from engaging a person or problem. But Cloud suggests that successful people don’t always play fair. He suggests that successful people are able to discern when situations need to be looked over and revenge needs to be tabled.
Cloud’s eighth principle is “be humble.” This principle goes without saying. Cloud is very poignant in his assertion that successful people understand the process. They don’t allow success to get to their head. In doing this, déjà vu people are able to continue progressing in life as they understand their own limitations and weaknesses and learning to depend on others to continue in their success.
Cloud’s last principle is “upset the right people.” In this principle, Cloud suggests that déjà vu people know how to stand for principles even if they appear odd or they end up standing on their own. In upsetting the right people, déjà vu people are able to stay true to themselves and their own principles for success. Sometimes the “right people” might be close family or other powerful people. Nevertheless déjà vu people understand that standing for their own principles always brings success in the long run regardless of the process.
Great book and easy read.