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There is an eternal law through the operation of which we reap that which we sow. When you select the rule of conduct by which you guide yourself in your transactions with others, you will be fair and just, very likely, if you know that you are setting into motion, by that selection, a power that will run its course for weal or woe in the lives of others, returning, finally, to help or to hinder you, according to its nature.
Intolerance is a form of ignorance which must be mastered before any form of enduring success may be attained. It is the chief cause of all wars. It makes enemies in business and in the professions. It disintegrates the organized forces of society in a thousand forms, and stands, like a mighty giant, as a barrier to the abolition of war. It dethrones reason and substitutes mob psychology in its place.
Lesson 12 of the Sixteen Laws of Success occupies a keystone position in this course, for the reason that the psychological law upon which it is based is of vital importance to every other lesson of the course. Lesson 12 is on Concentration – the act of focusing the mind upon a given desire until ways and means for its realization have been worked out and successfully put into operation. Stating it in another way, Concentration is the ability to think as you wish to think; the ability to control your thoughts and direct them to a definite end; and the ability to organize your knowledge into a plan of action that is sound and workable.
Accurate thought involves two fundamentals which all who indulge in it must observe. First, to think accurately you must separate facts from mere information. There is much “information” available to you that is not based upon facts. Second, you must separate facts into two classes; namely, the important and the unimportant, or, the relevant and the irrelevant. Only by so doing can you think clearly.
Enthusiasm is a state of mind that inspires and arouses one to put action into the task at hand. It does more than this – it is contagious, and vitally affects not only the enthusiast, but all with whom he comes in contact. When your own mind is vibrating at a high rate, because it has been stimulated with Enthusiasm, that vibration registers in the minds of all within its radius, and especially in the minds of those with whom you come in close contact. In Lesson Seven, Napoleon Hill demonstrates that Enthusiasm is not merely a figure of speech; it is a vital force that you can harness and use with profit.
Annual self-analysis is essential for personal growth, particularly for effective marketing of personal services. Yearly analysis should disclose a decrease in faults, and an increase in Virtues. One goes ahead, stands still, or goes backward in life. One’s object should be, of course, to go ahead. Annual self analysis will disclose whether advancement has been made, and if so, how much. It will also disclose any backward steps one may have made. Utilize these 28 Success Key Questions to determine whether you have advanced, stood still or fallen behind over the past year.
You will see how important is the subject of imagination when you stop to realize that it is the only thing in the world over which you have absolute control. Others may deprive you of your material wealth and cheat you in a thousand ways, but no man can deprive you of the control and use of your imagination. Men may deal with you unfairly, as men often do; they may deprive you of your liberty, but they cannot take from you the privilege of using your imagination as you wish.
This lesson, on Initiative and Leadership, follows the lesson on Self-confidence for the reason that no one could become an efficient leader or take the initiative in any great undertaking without belief in himself. Initiative and Leadership are associated terms in this lesson for the reason that Leadership is essential for the attainment of Success, and Initiative is the very foundation upon which this necessary quality of Leadership is built. Initiative is as essential to success as a hub is essential to a wagon wheel.
The saving of money is solely a matter of habit. For this reason this lesson begins with a brief analysis of the Law of Habit. The rule is that if a man follows the systematic habit of saving a definite proportion of all money he earns or receives in other ways, he is practically sure to place himself in a position of financial independence. If he saves nothing, he IS ABSOLUTELY SURE NEVER TO BE FINANCIALLY INDEPENDENT, no matter how much his income may be.
The object of this lesson is not to inform you as to what your lifework should be, for indeed this could be done with accuracy only after you had been completely analyzed, but it is intended as a means of impressing upon your mind a clear conception of the value of a definite purpose of some nature, and of the value of understanding the principle of organized effort as a means of attaining the necessary power with which to materialize your definite purpose.
The course has been created for the serious-minded person who devotes at least a portion of his or her time to the business of succeeding in life. In this Introduction you will find a description of a newly discovered law of psychology which is the very foundation stone of all outstanding personal achievements. This law has been referred to by the author as the “Master Mind,” meaning a mind that is developed through the harmonious cooperation of two or more people who ally themselves for the purpose of accomplishing any given task.
Napoleon Hill devoted his entire life to the study of Success and the men and women who attained it. Not just “ordinary” Success, but extraordinary Success. “The Magic Ladder to Success” has been published in many forms, and further, has been delivered in practically every city in the United States, in a personal lecture, before hundreds of thousands of people. Eventually, it was published as a book, prior to Hill’s most notable work, “Think and Grow Rich!” The following version of “The Magic Ladder to Success,” shorter than the book version, was published in “Napoleon Hill’s Magazine” in April 1921.
Out of organized effort comes power, and the process of organization begins, always, in the mind of some one individual – an individual who organizes the faculties of his or her own mind and then gathers other minds around and teaches them how to organize themselves and how to do team work. What remarkable strength is shown by the person who can lay aside personal prejudices and work without friction with a group of individuals with whom he or she is not in accord on many subjects.
Don’t ever allow ANYONE to control YOUR Thoughts, Emotions and Behavior. You – and ONLY you – assume, establish and control YOUR State of Mind. Regardless of what is transpiring in the external world, i.e., the events, circumstances and behavior of people, you are the ONLY one responsible for YOUR State of Mind. Decide today – right here, right now – to assume a State of Mind that demands Success and Riches and is not willing to accept Poverty or Failure in any amount or at any level. Decide today – right here, right now – to assume a State of Mind of which YOU have total and absolute control and that YOU will not allow or permit YOUR State of Mind to be influenced or controlled by any person, event or circumstance.
Whether or not your Goal is “Attainable” is a direct function of variables that depend on YOU. Whether or not your Goal is “Realistic,” on the other hand, does not necessarily depend on you, but rather, whether or not your Goal can be achieved in accordance with Universal Laws. A “Realistic” Goal is simply another way of stating that the Goal is possible as a matter of Universal or God’s Laws. If it is NOT possible as a matter of Universal Law, then it is NOT realistic. All things must comply with God’s Laws. The Universe must comply with God’s Laws.
In every chapter of Think and Grow Rich, mention is made of a money-making secret that has made fortunes for more than five hundred exceedingly wealthy individuals whom Napoloen Hill carefully analyzed over a period of more than 25 years. The secret is mentioned no fewer than a hundred times throughout the book, but it is not directly named, for it seems to work more successfully when it is merely uncovered and left in sight, where those who are ready, and searching for it, may pick it up. When you are ready to put it to use, you will immediately recognize the phenomenal money-making secret of Think and Grow Rich.
It is almost impossible to plan the precise route from start to finish. Often, vital information is needed, and that information will not be obtained until you are well on the way. What is important is that you do your best to draft your definite Plan and then just START! And, your plan must be flexible. As you gather information along the path to the Goal, your plan must be able to accommodate the changes, revisions and detours that are inevitable. Don’t make your plan rigid, for if it is off the mark, you will miss your Goal.
We are receivers, creators, and distributors, and must play our own perfect part of the universal game. God, the great Universal Life, has provided some better things for us, that they, without us, cannot be made perfect. Faith is an all-abiding necessity according to the universal rule: Faith in God, faith in man, and faith in our own power: To think the thoughts which will give ourselves the environment, people, everything just as we would have them – this is the great command, and “there is not a thing in all the world but that thinking makes it so.” What folly it is to spend our hours thinking of everything in the world that we do not want, when with another thought move we can change the whole game for ourselves and for others.
Monitoring and evaluating progress feedback is absolutely necessary if you are to reach your Goal, no matter how simple or how sophisticated (or grand) your Goal may be. By implementing and using an effective progress measurement system, you obtain the necessary and crucial FEEDBACK that advises you as to whether you or on course to reaching your goal, and if not, why not. If you cannot – or do not – monitor, measure and evaluate your progress AND take corrective, remedial ACTION as required, you will not Succeed and achieve your Goal. The ability to measure your progress towards a Goal and take appropriate Action is what directly leads to Success. Measurability is that important.
Measurability is really a four-fold element. Measurability means that: 1) you must be capable of measuring your progress as you work towards your Goal (i.e., your Goal must be Specific enough (the “S”) so that at any point in time anyone may objectively determine whether or not the Goal has been achieved), 2) you implement a system capable of periodically measuring your progress towards your Goal, 3) you actually use your system of measuring your progress towards your Goal, thereby collecting valuable information of your progress and, if you are not progressing towards the Goal, why not, and 4) in response to the information collected through your progress measuring system, you take appropriate remedial or corrective action that will bring you closer to achieving your Goal, with the action comprising both speed/efficiency and/or direction towards the Goal.