Chapter 4: All of Life is Connected

At 3:32 p.m. on August 14, 2003, an overheating electrical line sagged onto a tree just outside the city of Cleveland, Ohio. As a result, a huge amount of strain was put on other electrical lines in the state. Soon, the utility that served Southern Ohio sealed itself off as its lines burned under the pressure of the one failing line. This created an electrical barrier between the southern part of the state and the northern part of the state.

Without power from the southern power station, the city of Cleveland was starved for electricity. As a result they drew power from Michigan and Ontario, which knocked out more power lines and power plants. This started a chain reaction, causing power plants in northwestern New York to malfunction.

In reaction, New York sealed off its power plants, cutting power off from Canada. This created a different problem. With nowhere to send the extra electricity created, the New York plants overloaded their system. This forced the plants to shut down completely.

The result? The largest blackout in the history of the United States, cutting off power in eight states and leaving tens of millions without power.

Isn’t it amazing that the largest blackout in U.S. history was a culmination of very small events? One malfunctioning power line shut down power for millions.

This serves to illustrate a very important and often overlooked fact: the most complex things are often the most fragile. Why? Because complex systems rely on connections.

“I have known and worked with Craig for years. Every investment we have done together has worked brilliantly. But it is not the money we make together that inspires me. It is Craig’s attitude on life that inspires me, and makes me want to be a better person. For me, Craig is a role model and a mentor. His book, the fantastic life, is not only a blue print for building the life of your dreams. It is about the gift we each have been given, the gift known as life.”
-Robert Kiyosaki
Best-Selling Author

Rich Dad Poor Dad

Excerpts...

Chapter 1
Know Your Story

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Chapter 2
Be Crystal Clear On
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Chapter 3
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Chapter 4
All of Life is Connected

At 3:32 p.m. on August 14, 2003, an overheating electrical line sagged onto a tree just outside the city of ...

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