I’ve been going through some of the work of personal success author Napoleon Hill. Although written in the first part of the 20th century, it still resonates logically today. This is proof, that even through changing times, the recipe for success remains the same. Here, I will go over his 17 principles of success and discuss each one:
1- The Power of Intent. What do you want out of life? What is your most important goal? Focus your full attention to these questions, and with an honest assessment of your current situation, begin to map out your destiny. List what you want to achieve in terms of finances, career, your health, your family, etc. Basically, anything that you want out of life. This becomes your list that you need to remind yourself of everyday. Read it daily, adjust it, tweak it, as long as it remains fresh and in front of you. Most people live their lives with their main goals taking a back seat to their current miserable situation. Make your goals a priority and omnipresent in your life. This is a sure way to pave a nice road towards them 🙂
2- The Power of the Collective Mind. This is defined as the alliance between two or more people working together in harmony towards a clear and precise goal. This is a way to call into action the experience, the talent, the education, the influence, and even the finances of other people to multiply your chances to accomplish your goal. This is why it is important that once you have your goals written down and ready, seek out to connect with like-minded people to create this power. Connect with such people regularly, make it advantageous for all parties involved, and base it on trust and sincerity. In today’s world, we might call it “networking” and it is that, but it’s deeper and more intimate of a connection than a simple network of friends or co-workers.
3- Faith Put into Practice. Faith is required for any progress. You must believe that you can achieve what you are setting out to do, plain and simple. When you take into consciousness that faith comes from the same source of power as what makes the world go round continuously, you realize how powerful it really is. Know that unexpected things will happen, and obstacles will appear in front of you. However, have faith that everything will be just fine and that no matter what, your goals are not a possibility, they are a reality, waiting to happen. Faith provides you with better sleep, a peaceful mind, and a positive attitude all of which help shape the path towards your goals. Faith is the ‘superfuel” of all human undertakings.