Never in the history of time has information been as abundant as it is today. Thanks to the internet, we have the opportunity to learn things that can truly be called ‘invaluable’ for free (or next-to-nothing), and with minimal effort.
So why is it that so many people still struggle financially their whole lives, even in well-developed countries like the U.S., called the land of opportunity? The answer to that is certainly complicated and a debate of its own, but the very thing that enables us to get rich could also be what is preventing us from doing so: an (over)abundance of information.
Everyone has an opinion, even when they don’t know what they’re talking about. Following the wrong advice can quickly lead you astray and discourage you from going further, and sometimes, there’s no telling good advice from bad.
Fortunately, it’s easy to discern that Napoleon Hill’s famous book, Think and Grow Rich, falls heavily on the good side. Despite being published nearly 80 years ago, the literal interpretation of this ‘millionaire’s book’ is still every bit as true as it was in 1937, which speaks volumes about its power. If you haven’t read it yet and have your mind set on success, the bookstore (or its online equivalent) should be your next stop. Here are 4 incredible takeaways from Think and Grow Rich.
- You will go as far as your imagination takes you. As children and young teenagers, we are sometimes discouraged from getting lost in our own imagination – ‘daydreaming’, as our elders called it. Yet Napoleon Hill ascertains that the ability to imagine your success and its rewards is instrumental to actually getting there. Being born into poverty didn’t stop Hill from dreaming big, and his dreams helped countless people achieve theirs.
- Don’t be afraid of desire. Having too much desire is yet another thing that’s rarely considered good – some would call you greedy or covetous for it. Hill, on the other hand, calls desire “the starting point of all achievement”. To get what you want, your desire needs to be strong – perhaps stronger than any other emotion you have.
- Persistence is the key to riches. Hill talks about it almost as an alchemical process, saying you will “transmute” the aforementioned desire into wealth mainly through persistence. Persisting means exercising your willpower and pushing forward against all odds and, sometimes, even your own feelings, until you finally have everything you want.
- You will activate your ‘sixth sense’ when you rid yourself of negative emotions. The wording might seem a bit strange, but the message is clear – before you can take Hill’s principles as your own, you must first eliminate the negative emotions built up over the years. Hill calls indecision, doubt and fear the ‘three enemies’ you must eliminate, and he’s right – save for when engaging in dangerous extreme sports, nobody’s ever benefitted from these emotions. Recognize these feelings and states of mind for what they are the next time they show up, and make a decision to get rid of them – slowly, but fully.