Do You Live In A Friendly Or Hostile Universe

| By Mike Michalowicz (Google+)

“The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe.” – Albert Einstein

So let’s say you call for pizza and when the guy shows up with your pie he hands you a $100 bill he found on the stoop. What’s your immediate thought? Do you worry that the kid is up to something, like a prank or a con? Or do you smile at your good fortune, give him a big tip and take the cash?

How about when you have a problem? What’s your first reaction? Do you think of the worst-case scenario, pangs of worry welling up in your chest? Or do you react calmly, confident that you will find a solution that will transform your problem into an opportunity?

Whether you believe life is your good friend or your toughest enemy is a crucial distinction that can make or break you. And I’m not just talking about your business. I’m talking about your whole damn life.



Every day we make countless choices and those decisions are processed through a unique filter that is ours and ours alone, our belief system. What you believe influences every single choice you make, from what you eat to how you drive to whether or not you go reach for that shiny brass ring.

If your filter is set in self-protective mode, believing that the universe is an unfriendly place, how many times will you slam the door in the face of opportunity? How many solutions will you miss mired in uncertainty and negativity? Sucks, doesn’t it?


Not Attitude, Belief

Believing in a friendly universe is not the same as viewing the glass as half full. It’s way beyond that. Half-full (or half-empty) thinking is attitude, not belief. For example, a person could appear to be Little Mary Sunshine and secretly feel her life’s going down the toilet.

Changing your perception about a problem is a powerful tool for sure, but with a deeply held belief in a friendly universe you would not see the situation as a problem in the first place. Read that again. It’s important.

You wouldn’t have to view the glass as half full if you knew that you had just the right amount of water in the first place. After all, the universe is on your side, right? No need to worry or change your attitude. You’re golden.


Infinite Probabilities

An unwavering belief in your pal, the universe, is your guarantee that everything on your life list comes true. Everything. Why not? A true friend would want to see you happy and successful, right?

Infinite possibilities are a given. With a core belief in a supportive Universe possibilities become probabilities. You know without a shadow of a doubt that the universe has your back, so you’re going for it. You’re giving it your all, taking chances, and plowing through setbacks as if they’re just a rest stop on the highway of life.

What are your chances of succeeding in business with the core belief that the universe is an unfriendly place? Piss poor, that’s what. Never mind that you’ll be exhausted from popping anxiety meds and looking over your shoulder every five minutes.

It’s time for you to decide. Is the world your bosom buddy or a nasty bully? If you’re not there yet, get there quick. The universe (and your business’s success) is waiting.


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One Response to “Do You Live In A Friendly Or Hostile Universe”

  1. Travis Phipps says:

    Well said Mike!

    My little brother said the other day that when I look at an empty glass I see an opportunity to fill it with whatever I want (now that is some positive thinking).

    Thanks for the Google Hangout yesterday, and for addressing my question on partnering.

    I can’t thank you enough for all of your insight. Since I picked up the Pumpkin Plan in January of this year, you have been a source of inspiration and motivation. I’ve read hundreds of business books, but no one has resonated with exactly what I am going through like you have.

    I hang on every word you post here…and I am grateful for the effort you put into this. I know it is difficult to come up with thoughtful, insightful blog posts on a daily basis…but you nail it every time!

    Your efforts are appreciated…

    Thanks again,


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