Napoleon Hill wrote “Think and Grow Rich” in 1937, but the principles still apply today. Think and Grow Rich is in the top ten bestselling self-help books of all time, because anyone at any time can start applying the steps to their own life and see improvements.
Hill wrote that his inspiration was Andrew Carnegie, who challenged Hill to interview wealthy and successful people to see what they were doing, so that he could apply these principles to his own life. Hill interviewed Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison to name a few, and from these interviews Hill created “The Law of Success”, an 8-volume course, and then later “Think and Grow Rich”, which was Hill’s most successful book.
Many of today’s most successful self-help gurus owe their success to reading Think and Grow Rich, so let us take a look at 5 principles that Hill wrote 80 years ago and see how we can apply this thinking to growing our successful websites today!
THOUGHTS ARE THINGS
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve”
I truly believe this. The first step in this process is figuring out what you really want, and then spending time thinking about what your life will be like when you have it. You really need to see yourself in this scenario, living what you want.
If you want to be successful, you must be able to visualize your success. Even in the face of defeat or set-backs, you must keep your eyes on the prize that you want. There will always be troubles in life, but if you can stay focused, and ignore temporary defeat, you will see success.
Sometimes, when we are first starting out with changing our thinking, we may limit what we can conceive and believe. That is ok. This starts to change as the positive things that we focus on become reality for us.
The important part of this is that if we can conceive of our success and can see it really happening for us, then it will happen. Everything ever created started as a thought, usually as a solution to some problem. It is no different for those of us who have blogs and a desire to help others.
For me, I tried to imagine how I would spend my time if I already had all the money and things that I think I need. How can I help others to be where I imagine myself to be? In my case, it is a blog teaching beginner affiliate marketing, with tips and reviews for those new to the concept of online marketing. I have plans for more than one blog, because I feel that I can help in other ways as well.
“The starting point of all achievement is desire”. Or more specifically, burning desire!
“What a different story men would have to tell if only they would adopt a definite purpose, and stand by that purpose until it had time to become an all-consuming obsession!”
Hill tells the story of Edwin C Barnes, who wanted to become a business associate of Thomas Edison. Barnes saw himself standing in Edison’s presence. He heard himself asking Edison for an opportunity to become an associate of Edison’s. Barnes’ desire was not a wish or hope, it was desire, which transcended everything else in his life.
Barnes was obsessed with making his desire a reality, and he was successful with this, even though it took five years. Barnes did not give up, and he left no room for retreat. When he next stood in Edison’s office, his goal was a reality.
Hill lists the six steps to go from desire to reality. In chapter 2, Hill specifically refers to an amount of money that you may want, but the principles apply to any goal.
- Fix in your mind what you desire
- Determine what you will give in return for what you desire (time working on your business, time away from family and friends while building your business, less time watching tv, limiting beliefs etc.). Nothing in life is free, and this applies to your success as well.
- Establish a date when you intend to possess your goal.
- Create a definite plan/timeline for carrying out your desire, and begin at once.
- Write out a clear and concise statement of what you want and when you want it and what you will give up for it, and how you intent to acquire it.
- Read your written statement aloud twice a day, in the morning and in the evening, and see and feel yourself in possession of your desires.
“Faith is a state of mind which may be induced, or created, by affirmation or repeated instructions to the subconscious mind, through the principle of auto-suggestion”.
Hill says love and faith are psychic, related to the spiritual side of man. Auto-suggestion allows us to use repetition of affirmations to voluntarily develop faith. This is seen in a positive way with prayers, and in a negative way with crime. Criminals justify, over and over, their reasons for why they should be allowed to take from others to get what they want.
Creating positive affirmations that we can repeat daily, give us the ability to create faith where there was none before. If you want to change your thinking, use affirmations. You may not believe them right away, but over time you will accept what you are saying and it becomes second nature.
They say it takes 21 days to develop a habit, good or bad, so you might as well create a habit that enhances your life! Telling yourself daily that you are successful, you are wealthy, you are confident will eventually change you into a successful, wealthy and confident person!
“The sustained effort necessary to induce faith”, in other words the power of will.
Hill says “Will power and desire, when properly combined, make an irresistible pair. Men who make great fortunes are generally known as cold-blooded but often they are misunderstood. What they have is will-power, which they mix with persistence and place on the back of their desires to insure the attainment of their objectives”.
One online dictionary defines persistence as: Firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition. In spite of opposition! You must have such a burning desire for success that when the nay-sayers pop up, and they will, you will not cave in to “popular thinking”, but will continue to pursue your goals. Which is why you should keep your goals to yourself, and just keep on keeping on.
What people do not know, they cannot criticize. When you are successful, people will ask you what you did, and then you can impart your wisdom on persistence, desire, faith, and visualization.
I never understood this lesson when I was younger. I gave up constantly. When I was criticized, I caved in. If I was berated in front of my co-workers, I found another job so I would not have to face them, or my boss again. If I did stand up for myself, I was usually angry, demanding and resentful.
Now I know that my success is up to me. I believe in myself and what I can do. I clearly set my intentions and I feel good as much as I can, trying to be positive and happy. Which brings us to number 5…understanding your three enemies:
INDECISION, DOUBT AND FEAR.
“Before you can put any portion of this philosophy into successful use, your mind must be prepared to receive it”.
Hill says “indecision is the seedling of fear”. Indecision crystallizes into doubt and the two blend to become fear. The blending may take time, and so may go unobserved, which is why they are so dangerous!
There are six basic fears:
- The fear of Poverty
- The fear of Criticism
- The fear of Ill Health
- The fear of Loss of Love of Someone
- The fear of Old Age
- The fear of Death
Fears are nothing more than states of mind. If you focus on any of these fears, they can build and build and cripple your life. If you ignore them, they will fade away. We see this with people who can walk on hot coals, or people who “will away” their illnesses, and even cancer.
The easiest way to kick your fears to the curb is GRATITUDE. Being grateful for everything that you have ensures that you will receive more of it, because this is where you are focusing your mind. Since you are in control of your success, you control your poverty. If you focus on eating what your body requires for fuel, you control your health.
If you are positive and happy, you will avoid most criticism. In fact, you will likely attract more and more people to you, because people would rather be around happy people than those who are negative and unhappy.
There is nothing that you can do about old age and death, so enjoy every day that you have and be grateful for each breath that you take! And be grateful for all of the people in your life, and they will be happy to stay in your life!
There are things in life that we have no control over, but we have a lot more control than we may think about many things. This is the basis of “Think and Grow Rich”, and one of the reason why so many millionaires were made during the great depression. People took advantage of inexpensive start-ups, or cashed in on businesses that were in receivership. Many businesses were started by finding solutions to current problems. The creator of the game Monopoly, Charles Darrow, became the first millionaire game designer! This only goes to prove that anyone can become successful at any time, regardless of what is going on in the world. It happened for them, and it can happen for you!
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