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Free Success Ebook: “The Law of Success – Lesson Nine: The Habit of Doing More Than Paid For” by Napoleon Hill
This entire lesson is devoted to the offering of evidence that it really pays to render more service and better service than one is paid to render. What an empty and useless effort this would be if the author had not, himself, practiced this rule long enough to be able to say just how it works out . . . When a man is engaged in work that he loves, it is no hardship for him to do more work and better work than that for which he is paid, and for this very reason, every man owes it to himself to do his best to find the sort of work he likes best.
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.
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 development of Self-confidence starts with the elimination of this demon called fear, which sits upon a man’s shoulder and whispers into his ear, “You can’t do it – you are afraid to try – you are afraid of public opinion – you are afraid that you will fail – you are afraid you have not the ability.” Science has found a deadly weapon with which to put it to flight, and this lesson on Self-confidence has brought you this weapon for use in your battle with the world-old enemy of progress, fear.
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.
IS THERE some force, or factor, or power, or science – call it what you will – which a few people understand and use to overcome their difficulties and achieve outstanding success? I firmly believe that there is, and it is my purpose in this book to try to explain it so that you can use it if you desire.
We cannot control the breezes of life – the unexpected favourable conditions – but we can make sure that we are in constant readiness to make best use of them. This readiness has various aspects and one of them is detailed knowledge of the safe harbours of life – the destinations where we wish life to lead us. If we seek to profit from circumstances then we have to have a clear vision of what it is that we actually want. Windows of opportunity can be brief so we need the courage and self confidence to act spontaneously when spontaneous action is called for.
You have within you a mighty power, anxious and willing to serve you, a power capable of giving you that which you earnestly desire. Regardless of the name of this Great Power, or the conscious admission of a God, the Power is capable and willing to carry to a complete and perfect conclusion every earnest desire of your objective mind, but you must be really earnest about what you want. If you are in earnest about changing your present condition, here is a concise, definite, resultful plan, with rules, explanations and suggestions.
There is a kind of Fear that lurks within our conscious and subconscious minds that is not natural; and, worse, in the long run, it does us harm. This type of Fear is self-induced, pernicious and irrational. It works in stealth mode and its objective is simple: to keep Change and Growth at bay and keep you locked in your “Comfort Zone.” If you are ever going to advance in life and seek to be, do and have more, you must – necessarily – leave the cozy confines of your Comfort Zone. There is no other way. Period.
You must love and think about your work if you are to make a success of it and make it pay. If you are doing work you dislike, you will NOT succeed, and all the treatments in creation can’t make you succeed. Get into line with a work you do love – something in which you can express yourself. A man’s success is measured on the unseen side by the amount of LOVE he feeds his work with; and on the seen side it is measured by money.
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.
Wealth is a state of mind – or perhaps, would it be better to say that wealth is created through a state of mind. If you live according to what nature requires, you mill never be poor; if according to the notions of men, you will never be rich. This is especially detrimental to us, that we live, not according to the light of reason, but after the fashion set by others. He who would be poor “Thinks of life as a goblet to be drained instead of a measure to be filled.”
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.
Success does not respond to wishes. Success responds only to definite plans, backed by definite desires, thought constant persistence. Defininite Plans, Desire and Persistence are but three of the Ten Commandments of Success. Implement – honestly and diligently – all Ten of the Success Commandments into your Life, and Success will follow as certain as night follows day.
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.
“So what signifies wishing and hoping for better times? We may make these times better, if we bestir ourselves. ‘Industry need not wish, and he that lives upon hopes will die fasting. There are no gains without pains . . . He that hath a trade hath an estate; and he that hath a calling, hath an office of profit and honor,’ as Poor Richard says; but then the trade must be worked at, and the calling followed, or neither the estate nor the office will enable us to pay our taxes. If we are industrious, we shall never starve; for, ‘at the working man’s house hunger looks in, but dares not enter.’”
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.
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All that you seek comes only from the application and operation of a great LAW, which the successful men and women of the world make use of either consciously or unconsciously. And this great LAW is as well defined as is any other Natural Law, and when grasped and understood may be practiced and operated just as may any of its related Laws on other planes of universal activity. There is no such thing in Nature as blind chance, accident, or uncaused lack. Everything in Nature operates in accordance with LAW. LAW underlies everything. All progress, whether physical, mental, moral, spiritual or financial, is based upon LAW. And he who wins success in any line does so because he has followed the LAW or LAWS pertaining to his business, whether he does it consciously or unconsciously.