Napoleon Hill


After this post, I am going to try to continue with the more broad and economic topics, and then group all of these postings into separate categories. However, I this posting has been about a week in the making, and it has been something on my mind for years. After much debate about actually posting it, I figure it is worthwhile to consolidate my thoughts about this topic.

Before this book became popular, my parents made me read it. Honestly, I gave it away in 2010 and have not read it since. However, I have found a copy on the Internet (which allows anyone to read it again for free):

The book basically explains how a young person can choose to be rich both financially and spiritually. The basic concept is: it’s a choice. More so, it is a self-guided choice that is 1) by definition consciously made and 2) is in need be being reevaluated systematically as part of an overall strategy.

Why are most fortunes made after the age of 40?
Basically, it is partially due to the experience those over 40 have, but it is also a result of how they spend their energy (which is substantially less than the energy level that someone has in their 20’s). Think of all the distractions that consume your energies as someone in their teens or 20’s, countless. Unfortunately, if you do not have a plan or an overall strategy about what you are doing, you have even less incentive to become a prominent or successful person in society. If your goal is to be mediocre or potentially poor, then a “game plan” becomes unnecessary.

Through the creation and the fostering of a game plan, these “distractions” become less and less important, and the goals occupy a greater portion of the picture. This does not mean to subtract fun from life, but it means to entertain yourself in ways that enhances you as a person, and most importantly, as something beneficial to the overall plan.

Know how to decide.
If you can never decide, someone else will make a decision for you.

Know how to say no.
Saying no, allows you to concentrate in the few areas where you can really succeed.

Remember why.
Checklists are good, reviewing why things are on the checklist, daily or weekly, is even better.

All goals go on the checklist
If they aren’t written on a list, you do not have control as to whether or not they actually are accomplished.


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