Many have tried to put success into words, to define all it takes to become the best in a particular area, to have a remarkable life, and to be a role model for others.
And many have managed to describe in their works the powers and potential one needs to have, the dedication and discipline it takes, and the rewards and benefits that come throughout the process of achieving what you want.
But to this day, no one has done it the way Napoleon Hill did.
He was one of the first to start writing about self-improvement, becoming successful, and changing habits by following the path of those who have already succeeded.
The formula for success, the qualities one needs to develop, the hardships on the way, the mental attitude, and the origin of the desire to succeed are what fascinated him the most. So he spent his whole life working on these ideas, eventually leaving a legacy that continues to inspire generations ahead.
After all, Think and Grow Rich is one of the best-selling books of all time. So here are some of the most valuable realizations, conclusions, and lessons he shared in his books:
The Wise Words of Napoleon Hill
1. The starting point of all achievement is desire.
2. Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.
3. There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.
4. Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.
5. Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.
6. First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.
7. Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.
8. Cherish your visions and your dreams, as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.
9. When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.
10. Wise men, when in doubt whether to speak or to keep quiet, give themselves the benefit of the doubt, and remain silent.
11. Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.
12. Until you have learned to be tolerant with those who do not always agree with you, you will be neither successful nor happy.
13. Education comes from within; you get it by struggle and effort and thought.
14. You can start right where you stand and apply the habit of going the extra mile by rendering more service and better service than you are now being paid for.
15. The man who does more than he is paid for will soon be paid for more than he does.
16. The way to develop decisiveness is to start right where you are, with the very next question you face.
17. Action is the real measure of intelligence.
18. All achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea.
19. Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you ready or not, to put this plan into action.
20. It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project.
21. You don’t have to fear defeat if you believe it may reveal powers that you didn’t know you possessed.
22. The world has the habit of making room for the man whose actions show that he knows where he is going.
23. Fears are nothing more than a state of mind.
24. More gold has been mined from the thoughts of men than has been taken from the earth.
25. No accurate thinker will judge another person by that which the other person’s enemies say about him.
26. You might well remember that nothing can bring you success but yourself.
27. Your ability to use the principle of autosuggestion will depend, very largely, upon your capacity to concentrate upon a given desire until that desire becomes a burning obsession.
28. No man ever achieved worth-while success who did not, at one time or other, find himself with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure.
29. Edison failed 10,000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times.
Which quote did you like the most?
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