Here some words about one of my favourite author Napoleon Hill who wrote a book about philosophy of success. Napoleon Hill is the author of book ‘Think and Grow Rich’. Since it got published in 1937 it became very popular as to date it was sold in over 100 million copies. His work is based on interviewing successful and wealthy people, however his advice can be applied to any aspect of life. I recommend reading the book ….really, I’m sure you will find it astonishing! What stunned me the most is that Napoleon managed to put tonnes of information just in one book, every page has useful points, pretty much every sentence counts. The topics he covers are known to you or are ‘intuitive’ and give you lots of ‘aha moments’, he also illustrates the explanations with life examples, which are sometimes taken from big moments in history.
And below are just 7 of my favourite quotes:
- We refuse to believe that which we don’t understand.
- Your big opportunity may be right where you are now. (I quite love this one as I think we often don’t realise that the stumbling block may be there for us to use, either as a ‘wrong job, right place’ mind-set or as an extra motivation. An impulse to not stand or lay by this block, to step over it, to walk around it, to build with it or to change the direction. As difficulties are already there we may as well use them).
- Set your mind on a definite goal and observe how quickly the world stands aside to let you pass. (Can you find any examples when you were so determined that everything was in your favour? Might have been when you were younger? 😉 ).
- Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.
- The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge.
- Every adversity, every failure, every heartbreak, carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.
- The ladder of success is never crowded at the top. (The competition in most fields is tough, that alone can put most of people off from trying. But if you step back and think what is the percentage of really successful people comparing to the word population…?).
Napoleon Hill was inspired and encouraged to write this book by Andrew Carnegie a business magnate and a philanthropist. I actually came across Napoleon first and then started researching Andrew Carnegie’s biography, so I really have to tell you about him in my next post!