Updated: Aug 28
For 20 years, Napoleon Hill researched the 6,000 wealthiest and most influential people in the world and found out what they had in common. Hill not only studied them but also personally interviewed hundreds of them, including names like Thomas Edson, Graham Bell, George Eastman, Henry Ford, John Rockefeller, Theodore Roosevelt, and Woodrow Wilson. After being presented to Andrew Carnegie, the result of the work was turned into a course (later adapted into a book), in which Napoleon Hill defined 16 laws that all highly successful people followed, consciously or not.
The 16 principles of success which you must absorb are:
1. Association with other people with the same thinking profile, the Master Mind of Napoleon Hill. The first law reveals that all great men had to associate with other people to achieve their goals. Once everyone understood the interdependence, they mainly sought people who followed the same line of thought. So, according to Napoleon Hill, everyone worked in rapport with their partners. Napoleon Hill claimed that the union of two or more minds generated a whole that was greater than the sum of the parts, what he called Master Mind. Alone, none of them would have achieved the success they did.
2. Defined main objective Another point that was made quite clear during Napoleon Hill's research was that everyone who fulfills their dreams had a clearly defined main goal in their minds, often rich in details. A lot of people say they want to change their lives, but when asked what they really want, they get in the way of saying it. They know that they don't want to continue as they are, but they don't have a clear goal of where they want to go, what they really want to change.
Without having a goal set, it is very complicated to accomplish something. We shouldn't be 100% goal-oriented, however, if we don't have a place to go, it will be challenging to know how to get there.
3. Confidence in yourself The successful people interviewed showed high confidence in their potential, according to Napoleon Hill. If not to solve the problem, to know who to call to explain. Self-confidence is essential for anyone who wants to undertake something. Who will trust an investment in someone who does not demonstrate security? Which customer will buy something from someone who doubts himself?
4. Habit of Saving The fourth law of successful people identified in Napoleon Hill's research is the habit of economics. In a more modern translation, we can say that financial education is one of the essential rules for anyone who wants to succeed. Although money is not the only tool to measure a person's success, when we are talking about business and companies (which was the case with most Napoleon Hill respondents), this is the primary measure of success. The study showed that respondents knew how to control their finances and therefore always had money to invest in opportunities and to risk investments that, if they did not work out, would also not leave them in the middle of the street.
5. Initiative and Leadership Another obvious point in Napoleon Hill's research was that all respondents had a profile of a leader and not a follower. Everyone took the initiative to take control of their own lives, to undertake, to get out of the uniformity, and take other associates along the way. Although some people don't really have the leadership profile, we believe that this can be worked on and improved. Napoleon Hill says in his book that to get others to work with you on your own initiative or even to convince others to buy your services and products, you need to demonstrate leadership.
6. Imagination Think outside the box. This is the sixth law of triumph identified by Napoleon Hill among the successful men he interviewed. Many of them often had to use their imaginations to think of a business that did not exist, to create a solution that no one thought of before, to create new things. There are some techniques for developing imagination and creativity, but the main point for Napoleon Hill is forcing yourself to change your actions and thoughts routines and not being afraid to try new things.
7. Enthusiasm Here we come to a crucial point. Many people seem to have a desire to change their lives, but end up not going forward. It is as if the fuel is lacking to carry the car forward. According to the research commissioned by Andrew Carnegie from Napoleon Hill, this fuel that drives men and women towards great discoveries and enterprises is enthusiasm. Most of the greatest filmmakers in the world were absolutely passionate about their defined main goals, to the point of arousing great enthusiasm in them to move forward even when all conditions seemed adverse.
Creating enthusiasm in yourself - literally living with passion - is one of the most intense and pleasurable challenges you can impose on yourself. And that was the reason for the creation of this blog: to awaken in people the enthusiasm for a more extraordinary life!
8. Self-control The eighth law is very much in line with the fifth: having self-control is, in fact, being the leader of yourself. It is thinking about the long term, evaluating the consequences of each action, having the exact idea that everything you do either brings you closer to or away from your main goal. Not being a slave to mundane temptations or altered states of consciousness - such as drunkenness, for example - is an essential step for those who want to be in charge of their own lives.
9. Doing More than Paid For
According to Napoleon Hill, there are two types of people who do not go forward:
Those who do not do what is asked of them
Those who only do as they are asked
If you want to stand out in your field, you need to create the healthy habit of going the extra mile: always do more than you are asked, always do more than you are obliged to do. Otherwise, you will be just an average person, just like so many others.
10. A Pleasing Personality Business is the direct result of human interactions. To cultivate an attractive personality is to be a pleasant, friendly, well-presented figure. We are not talking here about standards of beauty, but about behaviors that make you a pleasant company for others. Some people do not care to be friendly. They are in their right, but for those who want to take their career to higher levels, in addition to competence, it is necessary to be at least a helpful company.
11. Accurate Thinking Focusing is another essential law for anyone looking to succeed. We must learn to direct our thoughts only to the subjects, facts, and information that, in some way, will bring us closer to our defined main goal. The goal is to start to deductively reason, only based on facts proven to be accurate, that have real importance and that are useful in some way.
12. Concentration This point appears to be much more difficult today than it was at the time when Napoleon Hill's research was conducted. This is because today, much of humanity suffers from attention deficit disorders. New technologies and their multitasking processes offer us so many things that each one receives only a small fraction of our attention. The result is poorly done work, lack of focus, a feeling of excess information, and a great sense of frustration. The way out here is to train your own mind to think accurately. Meditation techniques and the habit of dealing with only one thing at a time, with total focus, are useful for this type of training.
13. Cooperation In addition to associating with people with the same line of thought, successful men understand that cooperation is the best way for personal and collective fulfillment. This includes seeing competitors only as other players in the market, not as enemies. It means seeing employees not as slaves, but as people who are collaborating to make their dreams come true. Cooperation must take place at all levels, thinking not only of self-interest but also of the well-being of the people with whom you relate.
14. Profiting by Failure How can failure be one of the laws of triumph? It's simple: everyone who has achieved a great deal in life has failed a few times before. In fact, as Thomas Edson would say, they learned ways to "not invent the lamp." Failure must be seen as a great ally. Each time you fail, you find a way to not achieve your goal. Eliminate a path. Keep doing this until you find the ideal trail.
15. Tolerance To deal with failure, with the limitations of other people and your own, with the adversities that life imposes on you, you must have a good deal of tolerance and patience. You may have realized that no one in the world can get everything under control. The things we want don´t happen. Things we don't want happen all the time. The secret is to let go of wanting to control everything and have tolerance and patience to get it right and wrong until you get where you want to go, always moving forward. The most significant recommendation that someone looking for an improvement in the quality of life can receive is to enjoy the whole journey, not just the achievement of the goal. The moment when you achieve the goal is brief close to all the way you have to go to it. If you condition your happiness only to the achievement of goals, you are punishing yourself to a sad life.
16. Doing to others what you want to be done to yourself Known as The Golden Rule, this law is used in most religions and philosophies of life already created in the world. If it were really taken seriously, we would live a much better world. The moment you realize that we are all living beings and the environment a single interdependent network, that the idea of me as a distinct and independent thing is nothing but an illusion, then, my friend, we have an excellent opportunity to free ourselves from limiting patterns. Treating other people like yourself is an essential step towards this understanding.
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