This next post comes from Dr. Judy Williamson at the Napolean Hill Foundation. My father gave me the book - Think and Grow Rich in my ealry teens and I am amazed at how much of it is still refelctive in my own life. Check out their web site and subscribe to the newsletter - you won't be disappointed.
In the introduction to the May, 1954 issue of Success Unlimited, W. Clement Stone quotes Napoleon Hill as he states: “Success is getting what you want out of life without violating the rights of others.”
He goes on to add, “What you want is up to you. Not everyone cares to be an Eisenhower or an Edison. Not all choose to pay the costly price of becoming and remaining famous. To many the riches of life are those tiny triumphs of day-to-day living and loving which build up to a crescendo of the beautiful, well-spent life.”
Just what are the riches of life? Napoleon Hill defines the Twelve Riches of Life as follows:
- A Positive Mental Attitude
- Sound Physical Health
- Harmony in Human Relationships
- Freedom from Fear
- The Hope of Achievement
- The Capacity for Faith
- Willingness to Share One’s Blessings
- A Labor of Love
- An Open Mind on All Subjects
- The Capacity to Understand People
- Financial Security
It may be worth noticing that Dr. Hill places financial security on the bottom of the list. In defining success he states: “Whatever success you attain will be attained through the proper use of your mind. Your physical, muscle power counts for nothing. Your mind power counts for everything.” And, he adds: “Generally speaking, a man has succeeded when he has acquired all that he needs for his physical and spiritual well-being without having trespassed on the rights of his fellowmen.” Please note that in today’s guest column, the author thoroughly explains why Hitler did not achieve the ultimate success he desired. Simply stated, he violated the rights of his fellowman, and therefore due to the Law of Compensation he was not entitled to any reward.
In summary, Stone continues, “But whether success to you means the discovery of a new element—the breaking of a sales or production records—the acquisition of bigger and better houses, cars or incomes—the creation of art, music or literature for all time—the growing of the perfect rose—or the loving smile from your cherished child—we believe that your success can be unlimited.”
Why not take a few minutes right now to reflect on you personalized definition of success? In a few short, descriptive sentences like W. Clement Stone did in the above paragraph, describe what success means to you in all the intricate detail. See if your definition matches up with what you have in your life right now. If not, why not? Thinking can make it so. Thoughts are things. Put thoughts to your best use in making success happen in your life the exact way you envision it.
Judy Williamson, Director: Napoleon Hill World Learning Center at Purdue University Calumet
Until next week - Be Your Very Best Always