Article Title: ‘Think and Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill (from Inspirational Books – Part Two)
Submitted by Craig Lock
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This article (in point form) has been adapted from (and is a summary of) the excellent motivational and up-lifting book, the classic ‘Think and Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill, published by Melvin Powers, Wilshire Book Co Ca. 1966, 1960,
This article (as with all my articles) may be freely published, electronically or in print, as long as the source is acknowledged, thanks.
“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”
THINK AND GROW RICH (FROM INSPIRATIONAL BOOKS – PART TWO)
This article (in point form) is extracted from (and a summary of) a most inspirational book by Napoleon Hill titled ‘Think and Grow Rich’ (publisher Melville Powers, US) from notes that I’ve taken over the years. I am sharing the contents of this ground-breaking work in this field, together with additional comments based on my own experiences) in the spirit of encouraging and hopefully even inspiring those people, who really want to “achieve unlimited success” to read this ‘classic’ , fascinating book, apply the principles…then see what happens!.
Craig has been studying the principles of success (and successful living) and researching the amazing powers of the human mind for much of his life and is sharing his insights with the aim of helping others reach their full potentials in life. That is my reason for sharing this piece – to encourage others to follow their personal dreams. That is my dream!
“The mind is not a vase to be filled… but a fire to be ignited.”
STEP 5: IMAGINATION.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
This is your own “workshop”, where you fashion ideas. All the “breaks” (opportunities) you ever need in life are waiting within your imagination. Use the amazing untappedcreativity within you to solve any problem and stimulate your imagination. Ideas are the sources of all fortunes ever made; they are the products of our imagination. Clerk Asa Chandler spent his life’s savings of $500 on an idea for an ingredient. He supplied (and applied) the imagination, which turned the “magic” formula into a fortune…which is now the world wide mega-corporation that is Coca-Cola.
Chandler had a burning desire to make his investment work. Big achievers have an obsession – they believe so fervently in their idea, product or service. Ask yourself this important question: What would I do, if I had a million dollars? A definite purpose results in a definite plan. The finest tool still needs a man who knows how to use it.
There are many other simple ideas. It doesn’t even have to be original – you can come up with a new combination of them.
STEP 6: ORGANIZED PLANNING
Defeat makes you stronger.
Sell services and ideas.
Leaders and followers: Most great leaders began as followers.
11 secrets of leadership:
1. unwavering courage
2. enlisting the co-operation of others – you can’t do it alone. etc (for the rest see my article on principles of leadership).
Leaders by force: like Napoleon Bonaparte, Mussolini and Hitler. However, this style of leadership is only temporary; thus it is far better to lead by consent.
Why many leaders fail? An inability to organize details. (My weakness, but something to work on – DELEGATE more!).
5 ways to get a good job:
Find a job you like to do – one you perhaps even love!
31 ways to fail?
There is abundance everywhere, opportunity everywhere in the Universe. You just have to look for it; then you’ll find plentiful abundance. The ‘capital’ lies
within yourself.(in the human imagination). Success requires no explanations; whilst failure permits no alibis.
Make quick and definite decisions. Instant decisions make history. (I change mine quickly and often, no wonder I “bumble along”). Henry Ford persisted in manufacturing the Model T, the world’s ugliest car, when all his advisers were urging him to change it. For years well-meaning people told me to give up writing and get a “proper” job (perhaps they were right)!
Opinions are cheap. Genuine wisdom is usually displayed through modesty and silence.
A great desire for freedom brings freedom (as evidenced in the life of Nelson Mandela); a great desire for wealth brings wealth. Every powerful man has within
him his own power.
STEP 8: PERSISTENCE.
The magic of “money consciousness”. Defeat is a temporary condition – one is only defeated until a person accepts defeat in their own mind.
Anyone can learn persistence. It’s a state of mind which can be cultivated. You too can learn to be a dog, who won’t let go of their bone. Persistence is caused
by (as well as being made up of) these traits:
* definiteness of purpose
* desire (strong)
* self reliance (and self responsibility)
* definiteness of plans
* accurate knowledge – knowing that your plan or idea is sound
* courage (great)
* will power
* enlisting the co-operation with others. The art of getting other people to
help you in moving towards your goals, desires and dreams. In exchange you can
offer them something.
* habit, ie. developing good habits.
Anyone can criticize. (Far easier than creating – who wants to be a critic?*). You make your own “breaks” (opportunities) in life. Thomas A Edison had less than 3 months formal schooling. As the saying goes: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” (thanks dad)
9. THE INCREDIBLE POWER OF THE HUMAN MIND.
Power is essential for success in the accumulation of money (don’t know if I agree with that statement of Mr Hill???).
I think imagination is more important!
Use more brains than your own. This is the process of synergy at work, ie 1 + 1 = 3. Henry Ford shot ahead, when he become friendly with Thomas A Edison, Harvey
Firestone, John Burroughs and Luther Burbank. Ford shared his thoughts with them and asked for their advice and input. His good friends weren’t just “sounding boards to run past” his ideas. (I rely totally on “technogeeks”, as I’m a “total non-techno”).
There is a great wealth of knowledge in books like this. Read, think and meditate as you read. (Take notes of good points, as even small actions imprint principles in the subconscious mind). PLAN and organize to get rich. Poverty needs no plan; so staying poor is easy. The energy of the human mind shows itself to the world in your ENTHUSIASM. It’s infectious and is a vital characteristic of nearly all successful people. So they are excited and fervently believe in their “pathway of destiny”.
They love what they do (do what you love and the money will surely follow).
Happiness is found not merely in possessing; but in doing and especially in the life journey of BEING… and BECOMING.
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“Eagles may fly high; but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.”
The important thing is not to win, but to take part.
The important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle.
The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well.”
“Success is never ending, failure is never final.”
– Dr Robert H Schuller
“I’d rather attempt to do something great and fail, than try doing something ordinary and succeed.”
– Norman Vincent Peale”
“Inside each of us are powers so strong,
treasures so rich, possibilities so endless,
that to command them all to action
would change the history of the world.”
A Hero In Every Heart
“The roots of true achievement lie in the will to
become the best that you can become.”
– Harold Taylor
“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir your blood to action – make
big plans, aim high in work and hope.”
– David Burnham
“Every man has his own destiny; the only imperative is to follow it, no matter where it leads him.”
– Henry Miller
“Do not follow the well-beaten track of others towards success – like the rainbow, it is often an illusion always just beyond our reach. Make your own path and let your spirit blaze a brilliant trail towards the pot of gold, the prize for the gift – one that is uniquely you and YOUR successful journey down\the mysterious and magical river of life.”
“I truly believe we can ALL create and enthuse magic into ‘so-called humdrum little lives’. You don’t just have to be the choreographer, or the conductor of your life script – rather paint your life as the masterpiece it could (one day) be. There is a rich tapestry of talent in every human soul, that flows through the spirit of God. So don’t spend your days stringing and tuning your instrument; start making and playing your unique tunes of music right now.”
“The task ahead of you can always be overcome by the power within you…and the often seemingly difficult or even “impassible”) path ahead of you is never as steep with the great spirit that lies within you.”
“Success to others may be apparent in what you DO; but significance, meaning and purpose lies, then reveals itself in what you ARE and BECOME down the ‘river of
life’ – how and the spirit with which you face, then overcome the daily obstacles, the frequent trials and tribulations along the often rocky path-way of life’s magical and mysterious journey. Light your path brightly.”
“The task ahead of you can always be overcome by the power within you…and the often seemingly difficult or even “impassible”) path ahead of you is never as
steep with the great spirit that lies within you.”
“Our Greatest Good is perhaps not to achieve wealth and share our material possessions, our money and ‘riches’ with others, but through encouragement and
faith in other people, to lay the firm foundation of revealing the rich treasure that lies within themselves.”
“Together, one mind at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, empower, uplift, encourage … and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”
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* “It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs
to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again,
because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
Theodore Roosevelt (“Citizenship in a Republic“, Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910)
“Success is doing the best you can, in as many ways as you can.
It is being just and honest and true – not in a few things, but in everything you do.
Always look ahead and never look back,
believe you can make all your dreams come true.
Always believe in the best you can be
and have faith in the things that you do.
Forget about the mistakes you’ve made yesterday,
the lessons you learn will prove valuable for today…
Never give up and think that you’re through…
for there’s always tomorrow and a chance to begin brand new.
It is in dreaming the greatest dreams…
and seeking the highest goals…
that we build the brightest tomorrows.
There is no limit to the goals you can attain,
or the success you can achieve…
your possibilities are as endless as your dreams.
Whatever it is that you seek in life,
whatever your dreams and what you hope to achieve,
whatever you try to reach – whatever you plan…
can all be yours – if you only believe you can!”
– Larry S. Chengges
“Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow. “
– Langston Hughes
About the submitter:
Craig believes in the infinite potential of people to achieve their wildest dreams…with persistence and faith. He loves sharing information and insights to try make some small difference in this world: to help and especially encourage people along life’s magical journey … and that brings him the greatest joy.
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Cut out that poverty of thought immediately, craig and start thinking RIGHT…POSITIVELY!
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“A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.”
– Chinese proverb
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”
– Groucho Marx
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