Articles Tagged ‘Think and Grow Rich’

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

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