April 13, 2005
News & Opinion: Dr. Phil's Life Laws for Success
Wiley has a new book out called The Making of Dr. Phil: The Straight Talking True Story of Everyone's Favorite Therapist. Author Sophia Dembling and Lisa Gutierrez start with the birth Phillip Calvin McGraw and end with his appearance on David Letterman in 2002. Here is a piece from the book that give you a little insight into Dr. Phil and how he has gotten to where he has:
Phil McGraw has studied success his entire life. As a teenager, he and his dad analyzed his high school football games looking for those elements that added up to winning results. As a psychologist, he observed and learned from his patient's pursuit of success. And as a trial consultant, he helped formulate courtroom strategies that would allow his clients to emerge victorious from trial. While the venues may have differed, McGraw's theme over the years has remained the same: Uncover the traits that allowed others to get ahead and that he, in turn, could use to achieve success in his own life.
McGraw's books are filled with formulas for success, starting with the "Life Laws" he lays out in his first book, Life Strategies. McGraw started devising these 10 "rules of the game" when he was a young hothead drag racing through the streets of Kansas City. Today, these Life Laws are the cornerstone of the philosophy on which McGraw his built his empire:
Life Law #1: You either get it, or you don't.
Life Law #2: You create your own experience.
Life Law #3: People do what works.
Life Law #4: You can't change what you don't acknowledge.
Life Law #5: Life rewards action.
Life Law #6: There is no reality; only perception.
Life Law #7: Life is managed, it is not cured.
Life Law #8: We teach people how to treat us.
Life Law #9: There is power in forgiveness.
Life Law #10: You have to name it to claim it.
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