If I Ran the World


I was asked once, “Do you consider yourself a control freak?” I responded, “Without a doubt.” I love control, demand control, lust for it, and make sure I have it. The only people who don’t like control are those who don’t have it or who have misused it in the past. If you don’t want control, why? You don’t want power? You don’t want to call the shots and make decisions?

All of my role models growing up were willing to exert control. Who doesn’t love and admire the person in control, the superhero who puts himself at risk in order to solve problems, protect people, and save the world? James Bond, for example, has all the great equipment, slick suits, and hot women. He is also always in charge, willing to disregard authority to do the right thing, and more dangerous than the bad guys.

The difference between the successful and the unsuccessful are that the successful take that situation and make it work to their advantage.

Control is never a bad thing unless you aren’t in control.

Control comes from preparation and by taking responsibility for your outcomes.

Those who succeed were—at one point or another in their lives—willing to put themselves in situations that were uncomfortable, whereas the unsuccessful seek comfort from all their decisions. If you aren’t comfortable taking control, you need to get over it.


Decide to take control of even the uncomfortable.

Be willing to be uncomfortable, and do what makes other people uncomfortable knowing that most people won’t ever venture into the uncomfortable therefore will never control it. I couldn’t wait to grow up and be in charge. My dad was a control artist; he wielded his control like a hammer and didn’t put up with any nonsense, at least at home. This made our environment safe; we knew who was in control and who was the leader.

If I ran the world—and make no mistake about it, I would love to run the world just like you should want to—I’d do several things:

No more minimum wage

Sorry, my $8 an hour friends, but everything in life is a sale and everything you earn is a commission. You will start earning much more once you have to earn everything. It won’t be easy but you will thank me later.

Sales would be taught in every school

It’s ridiculous that we are taught only certain subjects at school to the neglect of more practical, life-changing skills. I would immediately institute mandatory Cardone University training in every high school. College would become more specialized and reserved for the select few that want it or need it, not pushed on all 18 year-olds as something they must do.

More people would be carrying concealed handguns

More people that carry will be more people ready to put a stop to evil. Those who don’t confront evil contribute to the evil. Evil persists when good people do nothing. Load up, my friends.

Lower taxes

Your Uncle G is going to tell you about your Uncle Sam. You’re getting ripped off by him—he is stealing from you and giving it to the Federal government who then wastes it. With me in charge, the first thing I’d do is I’d whack off California state taxes to model Florida’s no state income tax.

If you want to call me a control freak, I consider that a compliment.

Get control first of your own life and then you can start to control more of the world. Join me at 10XGrowthCon 2018 in Las Vegas and start gaining more control!

Be great,


Grant Cardone is a New York Times bestselling author, the #1 sales trainer in the world, and an internationally renowned speaker on leadership, real estate investing, entrepreneurship, social media, and finance. His 5 privately held companies have annual revenues exceeding $100 million. Forbes named Mr. Cardone #1 of the “25 Marketing Influencers to Watch in 2017”. Grant’s straight-shooting viewpoints on the economy, the middle class, and business have made him a valuable resource for media seeking commentary and insights on real topics that matter. He regularly appears on Fox News, Fox Business, CNBC, and MSNBC, and writes for Forbes, Success Magazine, Business Insider, Entrepreneur.com, and the Huffington Post. He urges his followers and clients to make success their duty, responsibility, and obligation. He currently resides in South Florida with his wife and two daughters.

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