The title says it all, It surely is – Napoleon Hill’s very successful book. His precepts to make major changes in your approach to life, the principles were gathered from the life experiences of more than 500 men and women who actually accumulated riches in huge amounts; who began in poverty, with little education or influence. You can put them to work for your own enduring benefit. It will pay off in enabling you to enjoy a life of harmony and understanding, as well as setting the stage for you to join the ranks of wealthy people.
He starts with The power of thought – Truly ,’ Thoughts are things,’ powerful thing at that, when mixed with Purpose, Persistence and Burning desire. When you begin to think & grow rich , you will observe that riches begin with a state of mind, with definiteness of purpose. The most important one of these is Desire: knowing what one wants .
You are “the master of your fate,the captain of your soul” is because we have the power to control our thoughts.
Based on his relentless research, interviewing, shadowing, analysis, his book has 13 principles which lead to riches –
Principle 1: DESIRE – The starting point of all achievement.
Desire is not hope. It is not a wish. It is a keen pulsating desire, which transcends everything else. To succeed one has to chose a definite goal and place all it’s energy, all his willpower and all his effort to achieve that goal. If the thing you wish to do is right, and you believe in it, go ahead and do it! Put your dreams across,and never mind what ‘they’ say if you meet with temporary defeat, for ‘they’ perhaps do not know that every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success.
Thomas Edition dreamed of a lamp that could be operated by electricity.Despite more than 10,000 failures,he stood by that dream until he made it a physical reality.practical dreamers do not quit!
Henry ford, poor and uneducated, dreamed of a horseless carriage. He went to work with what tools he possessed, without waiting for an opportunity to favour him, and now evidence of his dream belts the entire earth.
Principle 2: FAITH – Visualizing and Believing in the attainment of Desire.
Faith is the ‘External Elixir’ which gives life, power and action to the impulse of thought! Faith is the basis of all ‘miracles’ and mysteries that cannot be analysed by the rules of science. When faith is blended with the vibration of thought, the subconscious mind instantly picks up the vibration ,translates it into its spiritual equivalent,and transmits it to finite intelligence.
Principle 3: Autosuggestion – The Medium for influencing the subconscious mind.
There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge. Autosuggestion can also be called as self suggestion which in terms refer to communication between part of mind where conscious thoughts take place and that which serves as the seat of action for the subconscious mind. Man is master of his destiny for he can influence what he thinks – all sense impressions which are perceived through the five senses, are stopped by the CONSCIOUS thinking mind, and may be either passed on to the subconscious mind, or rejected, at will.
Principle 4: Specialized Knowledge – Personal Experience.
Knowledge will not attract money, unless it is organized, and intelligently directed, through practical plans of action, to the DEFINITE END of accumulation of money.
Principle 5: Imagination – The Workshop of Mind.
The imagination is literally the workshop wherein are fashioned all plans created by man. The impulse, the DESIRE, is given shape, form, and ACTION through
the aid of the imaginative faculty of the mind.
The imaginative faculty functions in two forms. One is known as Synthetic imagination, and the other as Creative imagination.
SYNTHETIC IMAGINATION: Arrange old concepts, ideas, or plans into new combinations. This faculty creates nothing. It merely works with the material of experience, education, and observation with which it is fed. It is the faculty used most by the inventor, with the exception of the who draws upon the creative imagination, when he cannot solve his problem through synthetic imagination.
CREATIVE IMAGINATION: Through the faculty of creative imagination, the finite mind of man has direct communication with Infinite Intelligence. It is the faculty through which “hunches” and “inspirations” are received. It is by this faculty that all basic, or new ideas are handed over to man.
Principle 6: Organized Planning – Crystallization of desire into action.
No individual has sufficient experience, education, native ability, and knowledge to insure the accumulation of a great fortune, without the cooperation of other people. Every plan you adopt, in your endeavor to accumulate wealth, should be the joint creation of yourself and every other member of your execution group.
Keep in mind these facts:
- First: You are engaged in an undertaking of major importance to you. To be sure of success, you must have plans which are faultless.
- Second: You must have the advantage of the experience, education, native ability and imagination of other minds. This is in harmony with the methods followed by every person who has accumulated a great fortune.
Principle 7: Decision – The Mastery of Procrastination.
Procrastination, the opposite of DECISION, is a common enemy which practically every man must conquer.
One of Henry Ford’s most outstanding qualities is his habit of reaching decisions quickly and definitely, and changing them slowly.
Principle 8: Persistence – The sustained efforts necessary to induce Faith.
Persistence is an essential factor in the procedure of transmuting DESIRE into its monetary equivalent. The basis of persistence is the POWER OF WILL.
Will-power and desire, when properly combined, make an irresistible pair. The majority of people are ready to throw their aims and purposes overboard, and give up at the first sign of opposition or misfortune. A few carry on DESPITE all opposition, until they attain their goal. These few are the Fords, Carnegies, Rockefellers, and Edisons. There may be no heroic connotation to the word “persistence,” but the quality is to the character of man what carbon is to steel.
Principle 9: The Power of Master Mind – The Driving force.
POWER may be defined as “organized and intelligently directed KNOWLEDGE.” Power, as the term is here used, refers to ORGANIZED effort, sufficient to enable
an individual to transmute DESIRE into its monetary equivalent. ORGANIZED effort is produced through the coordination of effort of two or more people, who
work toward a DEFINITE end, in a spirit of harmony.
Principle 10: The Subconscious Mind – The connecting Link.
THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND consists of a field of consciousness, in which every impulse of thought that reaches the objective mind through any of the five senses,
is classified and recorded, and from which thoughts may be recalled or withdrawn as letters may be taken from a filing cabinet.
THE SEVEN MAJOR POSITIVE EMOTIONS
The emotion of DESIRE
The emotion of FAITH
The emotion of LOVE
The emotion of SEX
The emotion of ENTHUSIASM
The emotion of ROMANCE
The emotion of HOPE
THE SEVEN MAJOR NEGATIVE EMOTIONS (To be avoided)
The emotion of FEAR
The emotion of JEALOUSY
The emotion of HATRED
The emotion of REVENGE
The emotion of GREED
The emotion of SUPERSTITION
The emotion of ANGER
Principle 11: The Brain – A Broadcasting and Receiving Station for Thought.
Principle 12: The Sixth Sense.
This principle is the apex of the philosophy. It can be assimilated, understood, and applied ONLY by first mastering the other principles.
The SIXTH SENSE is that portion of the subconscious mind which has been referred to as the Creative Imagination. It has also been referred to as the “receiving
set” through which ideas, plans, and thoughts flash into the mind. The “flashes” are sometimes called “hunches” or “inspirations.”