So far this book has created a significant impact in myself by developing new habits that I can use daily, which in return will help me shape a good future and help me organize the dreams that I have always wanted to accomplish.
A little backstory on how this book was created; a young man named Napoleon Hill interviewed one of the wealthiest men of his time, Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie noticed that there was one kind of philosophy missing, philosophy of wealth.
Andrew Carnegie was a wealthy man born in Scotland and raised in the United States of America. Since he was a young boy he had many goals and dreams. By the age of 12, Carnegie supported his family and quickly realized how money worked and the importance of books. This caused him to submerge himself into the library for hours learning everything he could.
Growing up he got the chance to meet many people, but there was one person, in particular, that would change his life, his name was Cornelius Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt soon became his mentor. He was also the richest man in the world at that time and the creator of the railroads.
During all those years being mentored by Vanderbilt, Carnegie used all this acquired knowledge to become the wealthiest man in the United States. Carnegie created an empire of steel, making him one of the most influential men in the world.
In his last couple of years, Carnegie dedicated his life to philanthropy and the peace of the world. One of these acts included speaking with the president at the time, Theodore Roosevelt, about solutions to end World War I. Some of the contributions Carnegie made were creating schools, libraries, and giving away his wealth. Although, the most crucial act of generosity he could have done was to giving way his philosophy of wealth, in detail, which has been written in this amazing book called, Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill.
This book was entrusted to a young man named Napoleon Hill. Hill was a college dropout who soon started working for an Alabama newspaper. During the process of their interview, Carnegie pressured Hill into the proposition of writing the book.
The book was to be influenced from the most exceptional minds of the era; Henry Ford, Theodore Roosevelt, Charles M. Schab, Thomas Edison, Graham Bell, John D. Rockefeller, and many more men than in our era are the equivalent of Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. These men had the experiences and of course the knowledge to share what made them so successful.
This book is divided into 14 principles and each of them focus in one specific area of our life.
First Principle: Desire
For someone who wants to become successful, it is important to have some desire in their life or in the goals they have chosen to accomplish. Without this passion, there would be no inspiration or cause for action. For genuine progress, desire is vital as wishes will just become unsatisfying. Desire concentrates on the accomplishment of something or the expansion of something.
At the point when feelings energize desire, they turn into an obsession. And it takes over the subconscious mind and manages our fate. It powers the desire to become a reality.
If desire lacks connection with our emotion, it has no chance to become real.
Second Principle: Faith
Our convictions hold so much power that they quite often materialize, so if you have a desire for it to become real, believe in it and have confidence that it will work out as expected.
When you want a desire to work out as expected, you should have confidence that it is conceivable and that it will materialize. When you genuinely believe that the desire will become real and you trust that it will work out, it will begin manifesting itself.
The author points out the importance of faith. Faith is the idea that leads individuals to begin. On the off chance that they did not have faith, their thoughts would not become so. For example, Gandhi would not have defeated British imperialism in a peaceful way, Edison would not have developed electric light. Have faith that you can achieve, your objectives can be the start of brilliance.
Third Principle: Auto Suggestion
There is a substantial motivation behind why we do not have faith in our desires, and despite the fact that we need something, we do not trust we deserve it. This is a condition of being mentally conditioned. We have been mentally conditioned by the general public to believe we are unworthy of what we want and that needing something is evil. Deep inside us, these convictions exist which makes this troublesome for us to trust we are worthy.
Keeping in mind the end goal to dispose of these convictions, you have to meditate. Go someplace calm, unwind your psyche and rehash the beliefs you need to plant inside of you. Concentrate on your value and having confidence. With time, the seeds you plant, your mind will turn into convictions. Furthermore, write the things you want on little bulletins or notes and read them a few times each day with a specific end goal, to recollect what you need and place them in your subconscious mind.
In this chapter, Hill gives us an exercise which consists of writing your goal, just one goal, the one thing that you want to accomplish, write the day that you one to achieve this goal, and write what are you planning to give in return. Then you will always keep this note close to you and read it every morning, and every night before bed, over time the note will mix into your desire and faith, which in return will start to engrave in your subconscious mind until it becomes real and can be manifested in your life.
Here is an example of how the note should look like:
“By November of 2019 I will have 30,00 dollars in my bank account, it will come in different quantities over a period of 2 years, which I will acquire by providing services as a car salesman and giving more of what is asked of me. I trust and I have faith, I will receive this money on this designated day; I will create a plan and follow it.”
Fourth Principle: Specialized Knowledge
If gaining knowledge guaranteed achievement, educators would be the wealthiest people in the world. In any case, that is a long way from reality as could be allowed. Just having information does not make one wise or even competent. The way we prove this data is that now in days knowledge is available to everyone. All the knowledge of the world is only a click away, but if you notice, just a few are successful.
This is because it is not about gaining knowledge but demonstrating our knowledge in action that gives us results. The right use of a particular experience can make one successful, which is the reason why we should not focus only on acquiring knowledge but using that knowledge into actionable steps that will influence your desire and put you to work toward your goals.
Hills focus that learning “quickness of choice, activity, and the propensity for completing what one starts” are fundamental to achievement in any field of particular information.
Fifth Principle: Imagination
Imagination can become helpful if utilized for the correct reasons rather than simply employing it for one’s diversion. Imagination can be valuable when you want results to become a reality. The imagination energy is caused by the impacts around us. When you use imagination and visualize and picture in your mind what you want to achieve, this soon takes shape and transforms into reality.
Imagination is needed to be combined with your knowledge, to create the shape you want, and create the fundamental actions to bring the results you need. The imagination can work like muscles – it becomes more grounded in utilizing and weaker with inaction. To create the result, we want we must put imagination into practice through ideas, thoughts or plans into a new form of activities.
Sixth Principle: Organized Planning
This 6th principle toward wealth as Hill calls it in his book, requires cooperation with a gathering of individuals to carry out your plans (the “Mastermind”, one of the upcoming chapters, it will explain this principle further). To succeed, you should make sure to remunerate these people in some way, meet with them no less than twice a week, and keep up an agreement with every person in the gathering. Faultless plans are basic for the developing of wealth, and just the capacities and creative impulses of different people will permit the formation of plans that are impeccable, or as near so as possible.
This process continues and persistent since failure could precede accomplishments, regardless of your best attempts. You should choose people who are persistent in whatever they focus on. What’s more, you should build up the characteristics of a leader that will inspire these people to succeed.
Seventh Principle: Decision
The author points out that one of the most significant causes of failure is the lack of decision making. He guarantees that no matter what, all successful individuals have the habit of not overthinking, in that precise moment. Individuals who have no desire on their own are intensely affected by the decisions of others and are not likely to succeed.
The capacity to choose rapidly originates from recognizing what it is you need, and it is that capacity that characterizes successful people. As the author expresses, “The world has the habit of making room for the man whose words and actions show that he knows where he is going.”
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