Napoleon Hill – The Secrets of How To Think Rich
Many of you are probably aware of Napoleon Hill, but for those of you who are not, I’m going to tell you a little about him. I feel that he is well worth a mention here as he has inspired a lot of the self help movement, and many hypnotherapists, as well as NLP and many other disciplines. His ideas were decades ahead of their time, and it is sometimes difficult to believe that some of his writings date back to the 1920’s and 1930’s, as his ideas still seem so fresh, vibrant and relevant.
Napoleon Hill was one of the pioneers of the idea that you can change your mindset with autosuggestion and other techniques, in order to think like someone who is rich. This ‘thinking rich’ can then help bring it into reality. He believed that 98% of people had no firm beliefs, which consequentially places true success well out of reach for most. He felt that without a definite purpose, you would simply wander through life achieving very little. Before him, most success literature focused on changing circumstances by working harder and saving money. Napoleon Hill showed that we should change ourselves in order to be successful and wealthy.
Hill was one of the first writers of modern genre personal success literature. In 1908, when still a journalist, he met Billionaire (in the days when a billion dollars was even more money!), Andrew Carnegie in order to interview him.
According to Hill in his book ‘Think And Grow Rich’, Carnegie revealed to him the secrets of how to think rich. Hill described how the “canny, lovable old Scotsman carelessly tossed it into my mind, when I was but a boy. Then he sat back in his chair, with a merry twinkle in his eyes, and watched carefully to see if I had brains enough to understand the full significance of what he had said to me.”
Carnegie seemed suitably impressed and asked Hill if he would spend over 20 years, without pay, studying the minds of rich and successful people. Instead of pay, Carnegie provided him with the contacts and the means to approach all these successful people.
Hill accepted the challenge and spent the next 25 years studying more than 500 rich and successful people. These people included observing such legends as Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Theodore Roosevelt and Alexander Bell. Hill didn’t simply observe these people from afar, he spent hours and hours over many years right by their side, watching, learning, and asking questions.
After closely studying over 500 successful people for 25 years, you can bet that Napoleon Hill knew his stuff. A major part of Napoleon’s advice was that you must have the desire to attain money. If you really desire it, then your unconscious mind is then able to make the choices in order for it to happen. If you did not desire for something to happen, then you are not going to act in a way that makes it happen. Hill gave these six steps to help manifest a desire for money…
1) Fix in your mind the exact amount of money you desire. It is not sufficient merely to say “I want plenty of money.” Be definite as to the amount. (There is a psychological reason for definiteness which will be described in a subsequent chapter).
2) Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the money you desire. (There is no such reality as “something for nothing”.)
3) Establish a definite date when you intend to possess the money you desire.
4) Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.
5) Write out a clear, concise statement of the amount of money you intend to acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to give in return for the money, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to accumulate it.
6) Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before retiring at night, and once after arising in the morning.
AS YOU READ–SEE AND FEEL AND BELIEVE YOURSELF ALREADY IN POSSESSION OF THE MONEY.
Hill also explained that you cannot have something for nothing. You must provide something in order to get something back. This is why he added that “When visualizing the money you intend to accumulate, (with closed eyes), see yourself rendering the service, or delivering the merchandise you intend to give in return for this money.”
These 6 steps illustrate the power of the mind, and how it can be used to draw or attract what you want. They also illustrate how hypnosis can help bring massive changes to your life. Hypnosis is a very good tool for changing your mind set, and it is essential to have the correct mind set in order to attain success. In fact, according to Hill, these 6 steps ‘were carefully scrutinized by the late Thomas A. Edison, who placed his stamp of approval upon them as being, not only the steps essential for the accumulation of money, but necessary for the attainment of any definite goal.’
Hill also talks more specifically about ‘suggestion’, which is what hypnosis is.
“It is a well known fact that one comes, finally, to BELIEVE whatever one repeats to one’s self, whether the statement be true or false. If a man repeats a lie over and over, he will eventually accept the lie as truth. Moreover, he will BELIEVE it to be the truth. Every man is what he is, because of the DOMINATING THOUGHTS which he permits to occupy his mind.”
So thinking positively is an absolute must, as is thinking about what you want, rather than thinking about what you don’t want. Repeatedly telling yourself positive things is a form of self hypnosis, and can make a definite difference to your mindset. Indeed Napoleon Hill even discusses ‘autosuggestion’, which is the same as self hypnosis. All those years back, he realised that you can use certain techniques on yourself in order to help your unconscious mind think in a more successful way, which will subsequently be acted upon.
Napoleon Hill gave these instructions on how to give yourself suggestions in order to allow yourself to accumulate wealth.
1) Go into some quiet spot (preferably in bed at night) where you will not be disturbed or interrupted, close your eyes, and repeat aloud, (so you may hear your own words) the written statement of the amount of money you intend to accumulate, the time limit for its accumulation, and a description of the service or merchandise you intend to give in return for the money. As you carry out these instructions, SEE YOURSELF ALREADY IN POSSESSION OF THE MONEY.
2) Repeat this program night and morning until you can see, (in your imagination) the money you intend to accumulate.
3) Place a written copy of your statement where you can see it night and morning, and read it just before retiring, and upon arising until it has been memorized.
When I discovered these writings, I was absolutely amazed that this knowledge existed so long ago. I find it amazing that these formulas for success are not more widely known. We spend so many years educating ourselves in the hope of money and success, yet we are not taught how to accumulate wealth. Thomas Edison achieved his amazing success with only 3 months of schooling.
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
All you need to do is find a way of convincing your unconscious mind that you are rich, you are successful, and you are capable. You must be specific in what you want. You must also desire this success and then go all out and make it happen. If you want it badly enough you will find a way.
“The best rose bush, after all, is not that which has the fewest thorns, but that which bears the finest roses.” Henry van Dyke
To get the good things in life isn’t always easy. Napoleon Hill taught that you must work long and hard before enjoying the fruits of your labour. Anything worth having is worth working for. None of us have a divine right to have something for nothing. Very often I see people in business spend more time and energy in the pursuit of attaining something for nothing, rather than spend it providing something useful. That is why I always go that extra mile with every hypnosis product that I make. I know that the more effective and useful the product is for others, the more will eventually come my way. And I can tell you that it does work!
Hypnotherapy has borrowed many of Napoleon Hills teachings and it too recognizes the need for the right mental state in order to be successful. Most modern self help books on success and wealth also owe a large debt to Napoleon Hill. This ‘new’ craze of the law of attraction is not new at all. However it would appear to be diluted. Many books seem to suggest that just desiring and visualizing something is enough. They imply that the things you want will magically come to you. Napoleon Hill was far more practical than this and stated that,
“…merely desiring an automobile will not cause that automobile to come rolling in, but, if there is a burning desire for an automobile, that desire will lead to the appropriate action through which an automobile may be paid for.”
If you read his books you will tap into the fountain of his immense knowledge, regardless of how long ago they were written. He was so close to the action of so many successful people for so long, that he had a unique knowledge that perhaps only he can really express. Many modern books are merely recycled versions of Hill’s work. Don’t miss out on all his wisdom! Although he gives a lot of guidance, Hill does not specifically reveal the ultimate ‘secret’ of money and success, but gives many subtle hints to it throughout his writings. He felt that you must read his literature several times and discover it for yourself in order to get the full powerfully emotional and motivating impact. Go directly to the source of this wisdom, get your copy of Napoleon Hill’s ‘Think And Grow Rich’ and ‘The Law Of Success’ and put them to good use right now – it could change your life forever.
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