“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.”Â – Napoleon HillÂ Â
As a child, I always dreamed of one day becoming successful – working my dream job, making a lot of money and having an unlimited amount of accomplishments. While beginning my journey to success, I began to study the lives of successful people – past and present – in an attempt to learn exactly what they did so I can adapt the sameÂ principlesÂ and philosophies to my own life. After studying Jim Rohn, who some consider to be America’s greatest business philosopher, I learned about a book entitled “Think and Grown Rich,” by personal-development author Napoleon Hill. Â Rohn recommended that anyone wanting to be successful read this book, so I read it.
I was absolutely blown away by Hill’s ability to use concrete examples in relation to personal success. After applying the principles presented in this book to my own life, I’ve seen constant progress in all areas. Although I’m not financially rich yet (but the foundation is set), this book has given me a wealth of the mind, body and soul that money cannot buy. As this book has been a tremendous boost to my success, I would like to shareÂ Napoleon Hill’s 17 principles of personalÂ achievementÂ in hopes of spreading Hill’s belief that, “whatever the mind canÂ conceiveÂ and believe, the mind can achieve.”
Lesson 1: Definiteness of Purpose
Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. Without a purpose and a plan, people drift aimlessly through life.
Lesson 2: Mastermind Alliance
The Mastermind principle consists of an alliance of two or more minds working in perfect harmony for the attainment of a common definite objective. Success does not come without the cooperation of others.
Lesson 3: Applied Faith
Faith is a state of mind through which your aims, desires, plans and purposes may be translated into their physical or financial equivalent.
Lesson 4: Going the Extra Mile
Going the extra mile is the action of rendering more and better service than that for which you are presently paid. When you go the extra mile, the Law of Compensation comes into play.
Lesson 5: Pleasing Personality
Personality is the sum total of oneâ€™s mental, spiritual and physical traits and habits that distinguish one from all others. It is the factor that determines whether one is liked or disliked by others.
Lesson 6: Personal Initiative
Personal initiative is the power that inspires the completion of that which one begins. It is the power that starts all action. No person is free until he learns to do his own thinking and gains the courage to act on his own.
Lesson 7: Positive Mental Attitude
Positive mental attitude is the right mental attitude in all circumstances. Success attracts more success while failure attracts more failure.
Lesson 8: Enthusiasm
Enthusiasm is faith in action. It is the intense emotion known as burning desire. It comes from within, although it radiates outwardly in the expression of oneâ€™s voice and countenance.
Lesson 9: Self-Discipline
Self-discipline begins with the mastery of thought. If you do not control your thoughts, you cannot control your needs. Self-discipline calls for a balancing of the emotions of your heart with the reasoning faculty of your head.
Lesson 10: Accurate Thinking
The power of thought is the most dangerous or the most beneficial power available to man, depending on how it is used.
Lesson 11: Controlled Attention
Controlled attention leads to mastery in any type of human endeavor, because it enables one to focus the powers of his mind upon the attainment of a definite objective and to keep it so directed at will.
Lesson 12: Teamwork
Teamwork is harmonious cooperation that is willing, voluntary and free. Whenever the spirit of teamwork is the dominating influence in business or industry, success is inevitable. Harmonious cooperation is a priceless asset that you can acquire in proportion to your giving.
Lesson 13: Adversity & Defeat
Individual success usually is in exact proportion of the scope of the defeat the individual has experienced and mastered. Many so-called failures represent only a temporary defeat that may prove to be a blessing in disguise.
Lesson 14: Creative Vision
Creative vision is developed by the free and fearless use of oneâ€™s imagination. It is not a miraculous quality with which one is gifted or is not gifted at birth.
Lesson 15: Health
Sound health begins with a sound health consciousness, just as financial success begins with a prosperity consciousness.
Lesson 16: Budgeting Time & Money
Time and money are precious resources, and few people striving for success ever believe they possess either one in excess.
Lesson 17: Habits
Developing and establishing positive habits leads to peace of mind, health and financial security. You are where you are because of your established habits and thoughts and deeds.
ReadÂ Napoleon Hill’sÂ Think and Grown RichÂ toÂ unlock the doors to anyÂ opportunitiesÂ which your mind can conceive.
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