What is the secret of winning people? How to be successful in your professional and personal life? These questions are the focus of the reflection made by the author, Napoleon Hill, in his book "The Law of Success".
You may have already asked one of these questions, but know that you are not alone. Everybody has once wondered about that just like you.
Sometimes it may seem that being good is not enough, or that your efforts are not really leading anywhere.
So are there specific tactics to achieve your goals? Or a law that once followed step by step, could lead to success?
Yes! And the good news is that you are in the right place. Keep reading this summary and walk the path to triumph with us!
Napoleon Hill's "The Law of Success in Sixteen Lessons" was first published in 1928 in the USA. In this book, Hill teaches sixteen practical lessons for success over 672 pages.
More than a forerunner of all personal development books, "The Law of Success in Sixteen Lessons" has spanned generations inspiring men and women around the world, proving to be a timeless book.
Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) was an American entrepreneur and one of the greatest personal fulfillment authors of all time.
He was an advisor to Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, US Presidents; interviewed over five hundred successful people, including Henry Ford and Thomas Edison.
So Hill has developed teachings that have influenced leaders on every continent in pursuit of professional and personal success.
Napoleon Hill came up with the concept of what Master Mind is and how to apply it, as well as a number of important works such as: "Outwitting the Devil", "Think and Grow Rich", "How to Sell Your Way Through Life" and "Succeed and Grow Rich Through Persuasion".
"The Law of Success" tells the experience of great leaders, and is therefore suitable for managers, leaders, salespeople, and entrepreneurs.
Besides, reading the book can benefit anyone seeking personal development and ways to succeed in different areas of their lives.
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In Napoleon Hill's words:
"Master mind is a mind that is developed through the harmonious cooperation of two or more people, allied with the purpose of accomplishing any task".
Thus, the synergy needed to form the Master Mind occurs between individuals with the same vision. This has everything to do with that saying, "A man is known by the company he keeps".
Another very important factor when talking about Master Mind is that, in this concept, negative thoughts are not tolerated.
You have to find out what your natural talent is. From this: organize, coordinate and use this natural talent to your advantage.
Probably, your talent is a raw material that you will need to sharpen. Knowledge is gained from experience. Therefore, you must have a defined goal to keep moving in one direction.
Yes, you can do anything if you truly believe you can. But to do that, you have to get rid of two things: ignorance and fear - these two things always go together.
Napoleon Hill is emphatic in stating that fear is the main reason for 'poverty' and 'failure'.
As Brazilian poet Cecilia Meireles wrote in one of her Songs:
"Overcome the misery of being afraid!".
Saving is just a matter of habit. But good habits require determination and willpower.
To start saving, an alternative is to set a main goal. The thing is:
Leaders (basically) are initiators who have a defined primary purpose and have self-confidence.
According to Napoleon Hill, to become an initiative person, you have to make a habit of striving to reach your Defined Main Goal (remember?) until you reach it.
Napoleon Hill wrote in "The Law of Success", that:
"Imagination is the key to mastering all the other lessons along the way."
That way you can also use your imagination to rearrange old ideas into new combinations. Turning your ideas into reality requires not only imagination but also the right attitudes.
Enthusiasm can be defined as a state of mind that inspires and incites the individual to action. But Napoleon Hill warns that enthusiasm is not so much about the tone you put in the words, but the way you say it.
Here are some concepts about enthusiasm:
Be aware that "you have the power to control your thoughts and direct them to position yourself."
Without self-control, enthusiasm is like "lightning out of an electrical storm" (or a nine-day wonder if you prefer);
Enthusiasm triggers action by channeling our self-control over it. This is so serious that no one can control others unless they control themselves first.
Among the benefits of doing what you love is happiness itself and, believe me, the ease of making a lot more money!
For example, many told J. K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, that writing didn't make money... much less a children's book.
However, today the English author has become richer than Queen Elizabeth 2nd.
Now have you realized how important it is to do what you like, working hard, producing more than you get paid for?
According to the book "The Law of Success", it is important that you develop a genuine interest in other people.
When it comes to sales, for example, "no sales are required; if you follow the walkthrough and have a nice personality, your customer will insist on buying from you", wrote the author.
The key to safe thinking is "creative thinking". And the first step to safety in thought is self-suggestion.
For example, you might make a self-suggestion that you have the wisdom or ability to do something. Unbeknownst to you, your subconscious will invoke the aid of "infinite intelligence".
According to Napoleon Hill:
"Concentration is the act of focusing the mind on a particular desire until the means for its fulfillment have been worked out and employed successfully."
Check out the main concepts on "Concentration":
Cooperation can take place in two ways:
Therefore, you must surround yourself with people who have skills you don't have. Hence, you will have a team to cooperate with and a team to cooperate with you.
Among Napoleon Hill interviewees, Henry Ford once said the following:
"Failure is the opportunity to start over with more intelligence and redoubled will".
And what about Thomas Edison, who had been wrong at least a thousand times until he figured out the right way to make the lightbulb? So, do you still think you can't learn from failures?
You must question the fundamentals of your beliefs: are they solid? Are they based on reality and truth?
In the end, everything is closely linked. Regardless of which field you choose to work for, Cooperation and Tolerance support your Main Goal.
We've finally gotten to the Golden Rule! The rule is simple: do to others what you would like them to do to you.
Whether you like it or not, all your thoughts and actions will come back to you, for better or for worse. Thus, the Golden Rule inhibits "dishonesty", "selfishness", "greed", "envy", "hatred", "malice" and "thinking that it is impossible".
In "Developing the Leader Within You", John Maxwell discusses the importance of the leader demonstrating that he cares about his team and developing leaders among them. Moreover, he works with the idea that 80% of his efforts should be channeled into 20% of his most important priorities to reach his goals.
In "Awaken the Giant Within", Tony Robbins explains that staying committed to your decisions can be challenging, but the harder you try, the easier it gets. So when you fail to evoke a change in your life, don't be discouraged. Instead, think about what you can learn from failure.
Finally, in "Life Changing Secrets", there are several lessons about success, which is linked, according to the work, to a personal plan that must be executed using the powers of the human subconscious.
To adopt the main points of the book "The Law of Success in Sixteen Lessons" in practice, keep in mind the following teachings:
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