Articles Tagged ‘Napoleon Hill’

Turning Points

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

I usually don’t share much about my personal life, but I need to explain how important the impact of Napoleon Hill’s teachings has been on my thinking, especially the last few years in particular.

We all go through what he described as ‘Turning Points’ within life. I can say that without a doubt that I’ve had what seems like dozens of these within just the past few years alone. Ranging from a divorce, new relationships, tragedy, temporary setbacks, the death of loved ones, to rebirth, renewal and many new business opportunities.

Father time has indeed presented me with many interesting areas for growth and I’m sure many of you reading these words can relate to the last few sentences.

What I’ve discovered that has helped me immensely the past few years through many of these major turning points is the power of the Mastermind. By seeking out and attracting great people around me, this has helped me to get out of the malaise and refocus my mind to assist me with many important personal and professional life decisions.

Change is never easy, but when we have positive, supportive and wise people around to help guide us, it makes the journey both easier and more fulfilling.

The following is an excerpt from the classic book Think and Grow Rich; I would like to share the first concept, from the Ninth Step Toward Riches: The Power of the Mastermind, from Napoleon Hill’s classic book, Think and Grow Rich. That is the idea of POWER.

The Ninth Step Toward Riches: The Power of the Mastermind
POWER is essential for success in the accumulation of money. PLANS are inert and useless, without sufficient POWER to translate them into ACTION.

POWER may be defined as “organized and intelligently directed KNOWLEDGE.” Power, as the term is here used, refers to ORGANIZED effort, sufficient to enable an individual to transmute DESIRE into its monetary equivalent. ORGANIZED effort is produced through the coordination of effort of two or more people, who work toward a DEFINITE end, in a spirit of harmony.

Knowledge may be acquired from any of these sources: INFINITE INTELLIGENCE, ACCUMULATED EXPERIENCE and EXPERIMENT AND RESEARCH. It may be converted into POWER by organizing it into definite PLANS and by expressing those plans in terms of ACTION.

Examination of the three major sources of knowledge will readily disclose the difficulty an individual would have, if he depended upon his efforts alone, in assembling knowledge and expressing it through definite plans in terms of ACTION.

If his plans are comprehensive, and if they contemplate large proportions, he must, generally, induce others to cooperate with him, before he can inject into them the necessary element of POWER.

The adage that two heads are better than one is a powerful statement that most people have heard before, yet often treat lightly. We all face challenges in life, relationships, communication and especially in business.

Facing these challenges alone is fool’s folly. Facing them and creating a plan with a group of like-minded individuals with a common goal or purpose to positively serve others is much more powerful and more likely to succeed.

Tony Rubleski
Mind Capture
616-638-39121
www.mindcapturegroup.com

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The Six Ghosts of Fear

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Near the end of the classic book, Think & Grow Rich, author Napoleon Hill mentions that the combination of indecision and doubt often blend together to form what we call fear. Much more sinister are what he outlines and calls The ‘Six Ghosts of Fear.’

They are:
•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

I’d like to quickly share why I think these ‘Ghosts of Fear’ are even more prevalent today than when Hill originally released his book in 1937 at the height of the Great Depression.

Today, we have a massive media and government complex that peddles fear and doubt on a constant, minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour, 365-day basis. Risk, of almost any kind, is marketed as being dangerous and falling in lock-step with the status quo is seen as “the safe or right thing to do.”

Innovation or taking risks is often feared, demonized, and criticized mercilessly by those who dislike or don’t understand that change is the only constant each of us has in this world.

History doesn’t lie. If you look at and closely examine the great minds in any field you’ll often find they were often misunderstood and demonized, but they pressed on and didn’t let fear or others negative opinions deter them from the mission within their mind.

They didn’t stop inventing or creating because they were worried about retirement or what others –often times even family members- said about them. Instead, they pressed onward with bull-headed intensity and laser like focus (Hill describes this as definiteness of purpose) to advance the human condition with their gifts, vision and talents.

I’m very concerned that we’re becoming a nation of security seekers at a time when this is the exact opposite of what’s happening with many employer’s in a time of great, global economic change.

In addition, in the age of instant communication we have become grimly what I call a ‘gotcha’ society. There are entire industries within the media (particularly the entertainment industry) seeking out the latest ‘breaking news’ to capture something wrong, a misquote, a blunder, or something shocking on video or taped phone calls so they can talk about it, tweet it, and then amplify it on the web and through other channels for shock value and monetary compensation.

I call these people the ‘Merchants of Doubt’ and they are very good at stirring up emotions, fears, jealousy and envy all under the cleverly disguised name of ‘entertainment.’ Let’s call it what it sadly is: gossip!

Now that I’m off my soap box, let’s bring it back to center as to why Hill was such a profound thinker. He identifies the many challenges we face and then offers up multiple ways to confront and manage these Six Ghosts of Fear.

He does something very rarely seen by most author’s: he offers up multiple solutions to combat these fears based on his own observation and the thousands of people he met, interviewed and learned from while he was an up close student of both success and failure.

Yes, success and failure, are both interconnected and highly instructive.

Tony Rubleski
Mind Capture
616-638-39121
www.mindcapturegroup.com

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What Is Drifting?

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

In the 2011 release of Napoleon Hill’s book, Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success, he discusses at length the concept of drifting. Here’s Hill’s definition taken from page 223:

“Drifting is nothing but a negative state of mind, a state of mind conspicuous by its emptiness of purpose.”

In the main pages of the book, Hill acts out a courtroom scene in which he puts the devil on trial and forces him to reveal why so many people never fully achieve their potential and so easily give up on their goals and dreams.

The dialogue is not only startling, but also enlightening on many fronts. Hill uses specific questions in his exchange to have the devil reveal many of the methods such as fear, doubt, negativity, and propaganda are cleverly positioned, mixed together, and reinforced by many ‘sacred cows’ at all levels of society to confuse and distract people away from their true calling.

His remedy is to suggest that each of us must deliberately and daily set ourselves up to be around positive information, people, ideas and surroundings to combat the negativity swirling around us within the media, government, and most other ‘well established’ organizations.

With that premise in mind, it’s easy to see why Hill’s family had deep reservations to ever release the book and why it was hidden for 72-years!

Here’s a quick list of the seven principles Hill describes in Outwitting the Devil that people can study and learn from to achieve greater happiness within their own lives. In future eletter issues we’ll take a closer look at several of these seven principles in greater detail.

1.Definiteness of purpose
2.Mastery over self
3.Learning from adversity
4.Controlling environmental influences (associations)
5.Time (giving permanency to positive, rather than negative thought-habits and developing wisdom)
6.Harmony (acting with definiteness of purpose to become the dominating influence in your own mental, spiritual, and physical environment)
7.Caution (thinking through your plan before you act)

Tony Rubleski
Mind Capture
616-638-39121
www.mindcapturegroup.com

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