Observe the priorities and choices of people. Those who refuse to watch the news, be it via the government controlled media or independent media via the Internet, and refuse to own a television set, despite the excellent documentaries and movies available for discerning people, are not up to date on the world around them, so their choices are seriously limited when it comes to accuracy and control.

James Carville said, “But I’d rather not predict. I’d rather affect.” We can be the cause or the effect, the hammer or the nail. And in our fast changing world, fraught with danger and potholes as it is, awareness of the agendas of those in charge and insight into their game plan is essential.

In order to take control of our futures, we need to be familiar with the playing field and the players. So when Eric Hoffer writes, “The only way to predict the future is to have power to shape the future,” we need to be aware of what we’re shaping and the environment in which we do the shaping. And always remember Quintilian: “Whilst we deliberate how to begin a thing, it grows too late to begin it.” In order to have power, we need knowledge – up to date knowledge – and we need to know how to use it.

What brings me to this? I am constantly amazed at the shallowness of the amount of knowledge people have concerning the world around them. They’re so busy trying to “be positive” and slap each other on the back that they are easily led, like sheep to the slaughter. They’re so afraid of not being “politically correct” or “offending” anyone or “being negative,” so timid, their values are so poorly defined and loose, that they are like leaves tossed by the wind, easy to persuade, easy to manipulate, easy to to govern and control.

This lukewarm, uninformed, false hilarity is the hallmark of the loser. The loser won’t stand up for what he believes in. He is passive aggressive. They don’t read the right books – if indeed they read anything at all – and so they are incapable of holding meaningful conversations or confronting anyone. You cannot persuade me if you are ignorant, oblivious, and delusional; in fact, it’s not even worth my time to talk with you. The right information can arm you, strengthen you, prepare you, and guide you in the future you wish to create for yourself. The wrong information, on the another hand, or a lack of information, will ensure your failure.

Any good soldier knows that he needs the correct training and strengthening if he wants to win a battle. And even if he ends up a prisoner, this preparation will help him survive. I know of two German Jews who emerged from a World War Two concentration camp and landed, penniless, in South Africa. They became multimillionaires. How? Because of they way they thought, their understanding of life and the options before them, and the needs and wants of the marketplace.

Start Here: Read “Atlas Shrugged,” “1984,” “America: Imagine a World Without Her,” “The Ominous Parallels.” Follow Mike Maloney and Peter Schiff online. And associate with people who are more successful, better informed, and more courageous, ambitious, and connected than you are.

Robin Elliott LeverageAdvantage.com