Book Review: The 5 Laws that determine all of life’s outcome written by Brett Harward


To quote what he said on the cover, “Success is predictable.”  In a couple of days I finished reading his book about points to consider to make sound decisions in every aspect of our lives. These five (5) points were said to be as the strong foundation of a successful decision maker. Vision, Frequency, Perception, Accountability and Leadership. These factors were the streamlines of Newton’s first law of motion. Objects at rest tend to stay at rest, while objects in motion tend to stay in motion at the same speed and direction, unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. The author illustrated the importance of having vision in every task that you do. An ordinary pie graph may seemed to be plain, but if you add passion (which equates to vision), it creates depth and you will be able to manage your time and reach your goal. The same with the frequency he talks about, to determine the effectiveness and efficiency of your strategy, you should establish an evaluating factor and to get into it, one should be particular on how frequent will you be going to assess it. May it be days, months or quarters it depends on the scope of the strategy.  Perception is the feedback. In order to progress, one should take feedback in a refractive manner. It’s all about absorbing the worst and the best feedback you hear to improve. And in improving the feedback there should always be a measurement and accurate grading in every scoring line we provide. It gives us the idea on how much effort should be placed in order to drag it in the right place. Always remember that thrusting is easy but dragging it into its right place requires focus and idea on how much effort should be used to fit it on its missing space. Accountability is taking charge of all the actions you make and managing the recognition that you receive. This pillar is not about who to blame to, but this talks about the accounting of organizations and teams actions toward a certain goal. This part also tackles the proper way of reducing secondary conversation from your neighbors. That in order to do that, one must verbalize what you’re learning, own and disclaim actions and be “ok” with non-aligning statement which is the usage of “But” and “and” in your sentences. And the last is the law of leadership. The ultimate definition of this pillar is the maximization of your idea resources. The author set Abraham Lincoln as the good example of becoming a leader. It was said that when he was elected as the president of the United States, most of the cabinet members he appointed we’re his former and current rivals. Those people who disagrees with his decisions and who those who thought of him as idiot. He appointed them not because for nothing but because he believes that those people have the capacity to create strong decisions and has higher bounds of IQ. The author also illustrated through Venn diagram the ways to expand the IQ of the group. And in order to fulfill that, every member of the group must have differences and they must stand on their own opinions, but must end up reconciled.

The strenuous hurdles before reaching the heights of success are not easy bars to jump into. Some might have spikes and some must be dashed and leapt. However, it all boils down into one common law. The basic law that grips the five (5) pillars aforementioned. And that is Newton’s first law of physics. That what determines the outcome is the effort being triggered into an object. And the force to enact upon the object must be calibrated by the said pillars and decision making skills.  As physics also explained the theory projection, success is also predictable.

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