Monday, October 18, 2010
Napoleon Hill - Advanced Thinker - Before His Time
I hadn't read Mr Hill for awhile, so being in sales and always needing motivation, I decided to re-read Think and Grow Rich, and yes the focus is making lots of money, on the surface. But underneath, it's much deeper, showing that Mr. Hill was indeed ahead of his time. To begin with let's realize that while Mr. Hill uses the word money, lots of money as the goal, I think he could as easily use the word success, most of us when we say we want to be rich, we mean successful. That's in general how most of us keep score, broke is unsuccessful, rich is successful, and most of us fall somewhere in the middle. Most of us would like to be more successful. But, how? Mr. Hill gives lots of pointers, and yes some are dated but others aren't, and even those that are make you think and who know's thinking may point you in a direction that nobody else, maybe even Mr. Hill, thought of.
A quick aside, personally my best years income, or most successful year, so far, has been an income of eighty-some thousand, gross before taxes. All my life I wanted to make that kind of money, or told myself I did, but was I happy? No, all I could think of was how was I going to pay the taxes. Clearly I was not ready even for riches on that modest scale, it scared me, as it would about 99.9% us. Since then through no effort on my part, my income has dropped, and yes it's annoying because I keep thinking and comparing to the good year, I'm working as hard and making less, but at the same time I'm not scared because I'm back in my comfort zone. What that tells me is, since I'm hardly unique, that unlimited success, and/or riches are not for everybody. For whatever reason it didn't suit me then, maybe many if not most of the average guys and gals would feel the same, fear instead of joy. Weird huh?
The answer I think is to plan for it. Mr Hill advocates organizing and directing knowledge. Using a plan of action, with a definite end in mind you state where you want to go and how you plan on getting there. The six steps he came up with, using faith to turn it over to the subconcious mind, are briefly:
1. Fix in your mind the exact type or level of success, that you want.
2. Decide exactly what you'll give in return for that success.
3. Decide on an exact date to achieve the success.
4. Create a definite plan for achieving the desired success.
5. Write a concise and clear statement of the type and level of success you intend to achieve, the time limit to achieve it, what you're willing to give to get it, and your plan of getting there in detail.
6. Read the statement aloud twice every day. When you get up in the morning and before going to bed at night.
Important: As you read you must see, feel, and believe that you're already successful. Mr Hill believes that it's a burning desire, for wealth, or success, that achieves it, desire on the level of obsession. Following his six steps, in particular the 6th and see yourself as successful, impossible as that may seem, will create that desire, that obsession, to the point you have no problem seeing yourself as rich and successful.
Maybe by following the steps and desiring wealth and success obssesively would make me, and others who are average, think we deserve it and eliminate the fear of success....