It’s amazing how time reveals that older is wiser in many instances. This here is certainly one of those times. No matter how long ago this book was originally written, the style in which it was written and the principles relayed to us are still of great relevance. As a matter of fact, the word ‘relayed’ is noteworthy indeed. Reason being – as a verb, it means to carry forward, and essentially that is what’s happened here. The baton of success is being passed to him that is in pursuit. Ok, so what am I saying
Napoleon Hill has initiated a race of wills – for if you will, you shall. This race is between the haves and the have-nots. Not monetary wise but that of persistence, that of having a ready mind, that of passion. Right now the ‘Haves’ are ahead and seemingly unreachable by the ‘Have-Nots’; but please note that this is not a Sprint. Yes, speed is required, as time is always of the essence – for who knows if tomorrow will be – but this race is more about one’s endurance; as it is a long distance run. Lets relate it to a triathlon, if you will. For the seeker begins in a sink or swim situation of which happens long before the race. Napoleon aims to help us understand how great a role our state of mind/being plays in the overall outcome of our own success; and success to each is different, but I’ll speak more on that later. One sinks or swims in accordance to their belief that they will. As a Christian, I love the mention and implication of scriptures. In this case, I would apply Mark 11:23 “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever… shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that…which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.” There is a conditioning of the psyche that is imperative for the success seeker; the one who is ready.
“If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self.”
One is truly not ready for more if their thought life is unstable. There’s a note in the ‘Forward’ informing us that what is before us are “…steps for those searching for a definite goal.” There must be an aim, otherwise one is running around pursuing, in vain, a better life like a chicken with its head cut off; no direction, blinded. Napoleon says, “There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is Definiteness of Purpose…” But I love it because, once you’re in the race, you’re not in it alone. That should not go unnoticed. Napoleon Hill did not discover the secret(s) to success from a box. He shares with us the lives of others. Just as is the case with something like a triathlon, anything worth having is worth working/fighting for. But now that I am in the race, I owe it to me and loved ones to push forward. What’s awesome is that I have help. Though I’m pedaling away, my help are the wheels of positivity and momentum. This positive mind will make me attractive. The more attractive I am the more attractive I will be and the more I will draw those who are and that which is attractive too.
Oh man, I love this book, because it gets the juices flowing. It charges the battery of the one who refuses to be average and guides them without giving all the answers to the test. In that I mean, he’s like a teacher who says it without saying it. But I have to bring your attention back to the comment on one’s view of success. You see, he lets us know that success is different for everyone. If we use the whole triathlon thing again, some people would feel/be successful for just getting through. There are people who are teachers and love what it is they’re doing and are successful.
Moreover, one should know that being a success is not limited to years of schooling. He speaks of how Carnegie was convinced by Schwab of this: “…much of that which is taught in the schools, is of no value whatsoever in connection with the business of earning a living or accumulating riches.” It’s amazing how so many people spend hundreds of thousands of dollars going to college to get a degree in something they’re not passionate about.
“No man can succeed in a line of endeavor which he does not like.”
Many of us was under the impression that we should become a doctor, a lawyer, an electrical engineer, a politician, or something of sorts that is considered to be prestigious and that, in so doing, we will be rich and successful. Napoleon Hill presents to us that it’s permitted to step out of the box of that thinking. There are highly successful people who are affluent [in family, life, and money] who are high school drop-outs (not that we promote dropping out), but not because they’re not smart enough; no, not by far.
As we continue running through life we must be mindful of others. There may be a chance that while you’re running, you notice that someone has fallen or is simply in need of an encouraging boost. Napoleon Hill says, “It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” No man is more wealthy than the man who is able to lend a hand Up.
I really do encourage all to read this book. As a matter of fact, it should probably be read every 1-2 years (note for those who’ve read it already). What would be most beneficial is to stop after each chapter and review:
- What has been learned
- Two quotes to add to the think bank
- Why you agreed/disagreed with something said
- The portion to apply and see definite results within two weeks time,
- and more of your choice.
I hope this review has been enjoyable and helpful. There are so many things that can be said but I will pass the baton for you to carry on.
Other great works that stir wealthy thinking to the production of great growth:
The New Millionaire’s Mindset is a Mindset.