Travelling to other countries, it quickly becomes appearant that nearly everything is negotiable. This concept is foreign to many Americans as we pay "sticker price" for most items without thinking about it. Sure, there are times where negotiation comes into play, but by and large it is not part of our culture. Travel to China or India however, and its a completely different story, where you negotiate for nearly everything from food, to merchandise, to cab fare, and more. While the skills of constant negotation are intricate take time to develop, one rule prevails over all others: You have to be willing to walk away in order to get what you want.
The key to getting what you want is successfully negotiating in the ultimate game of life. If you want to be rich, you have to negotiate with Life the terms on which to acheive that. If you want to live on a beach on a tropical island, you have to negotiate with Life the terms on which to acheive that. If you want to travel the world, you have to negotiate with Life the terms on which to acheive that. If you want to live in a cabin in the woods, you have to negotiate with Life the terms on which to acheive that.
And while the skills of constant negotation are intricate and take time to master, one rule prevails over all others: You have to be willing to walk away in order to get what you want. Let me elaborate.
Many people are stuck in their lives, not knowing how to achieve their dreams, desires, and ambitions. In their mental scripts there are a million reasons why it won't work, and few if any reasons why it will work. That is a poor position from which to negotiate your own terms. The reason one cannot successfully negotiate is because they are not willing to walk away from what they have in order to achieve it. Perhaps you have the (false) security of a 9-5 job, or you have a decent house. Perhaps you are poor, but get by just fine. Perhaps you run a small business, and can make ends meet, but haven't been able to expand to the next level. These things are all great, but often hold us back because we are not willing to walk away from them. We are not willing to walk away toward something greater, and we are not willing to walk away risking losing it all. But if you want to be successful you must be willing. And in your journey toward success at some point you will be willing to walk away.
Note that I say willing to walk away. Its not always the case that you will have to, but if you don't put that as an option, you have no levarage in your negotiations with Life. You will be willing to walk away when moment comes because it will lead to your success in the adventure you pursue. You will get the best deal from life only when you learn to negotiate with the Great Negotiator. Getting what you want out of life requires you to choose a direction and negotiate until you reach your destination getting the best deal you can along the way.