Working Harder Doesn’t Make You Richer Or Happier BUT THIS DOES!

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“Napoleon Hill in his classic book ‘Think And Grow Rich’ stated the following when it came to the accumulation of wealth. He stated these same ‘money principles’ applied to  fulfilling any goal. Here is what Hill had to say:

‘The steps call for no “hard labor.” They call for no sacrifice. They do not require one to become ridiculous, or credulous. To apply them calls for no great amount of education.

But the successful application of these six steps does call for sufficient imagination to enable one to see, and to understand, that accumulation of money cannot be left to chance, good fortune, and luck.

You Must Get A White Hot Burning Desire

One must realize that all who have accumulated great fortunes, first did a certain amount of dreaming, hoping, wishing, DESIRING, and PLANNING before they acquired money.

You may as well know, right here, that you can never have riches in great quantities, UNLESS you can work yourself into a white heat of DESIRE for money, and actually BELIEVE you will possess it.’

Earlier, just prior to these words he states, ‘Money consciousness’ means that the mind has become so thoroughly saturated with the DESIRE for money, that one can see one’s self already in possession of it.’

See Yourself Already In Possession Of It

There really isn’t much more to add. Hill points out that these principles came from Andrew Carnegie, a self made millionaire, at the time the world’s richest man, and from the study of over 500 hundred of the world’s richest and most successful.

I’d like to re-emphasize a few things. He states it is not about hard work or labor. If hard word and labor made people rich than many janitors, migrant workers and common laborers would be rich. It isn’t working harder it is thinking better that makes the difference.

He named his book THINK and Grow Rich because mindset, attitude, is one of the greatest determining factors for success in attaining any goal. Education was not a pre-requisite. Plenty of drop-outs have attained great wealth and accomplished great things.

Attitude Is Everything

So, in not education or hard work, what did he state was important. Imagination and desire. One had to be able to see the goal as already accomplished. One has to be able to see the good one wants as already theirs. One must believe it is theirs to have and to possess.

Attitude, the unwavering faith that one will succeed no matter what, is crucial. Persistence and planning accompany success. One must never give up if one wants to succeed.

These principles are simple to implement but not necessarily easy. If they were easy everyone would be rich. It requires daily commitment.

Give Up The Standard Excuses Everybody Uses

Too many quit too soon. They fail to realize their dreams when obstacles arise. You must not. You can’t give up and still win. You must persist and prevail. Learn from the obstacles. Adjust your plans, your route, but keep going towards it. Never quit. Commit!

Here is a very important point Napoleon Hill points out, as have other New Thought Leaders, and even ancient texts. You have to know what you want. You have to see the end result. The end result is the Burning Desire. It IS what keeps you motivated and inspired.

You must imagine it as if you already have it. BUT you DO NOT have to know how you got it. Never get hung up on how. The how will take care of itself as you move forward. Once the seed is planted in the mind it begins to grow. It grows in darkness.

Why You Want It Is More Important Than The How 

People use ‘I don’t know what to do’ or ‘I don’t know how’ as an excuse to not act. You don’t have to know ‘how’ but you do have to know what you want. Keep your mind on your burning desire.  Stay focused as Hill prescribes. This is key to getting it. Don’t get distracted.

Your mind will work on it day and night and while you sleep to help you formulate the plans and the hows. That is the brains job. The plan you begin with will not be the plan that takes you across the finish line. Your plans will change. That is okay. Be flexible.

We only know ‘how’ after the fact. Edison didn’t know how to make a light bulb work until it worked. THEN he understood how. The Wright Brothers didn’t know how to fly until after they got airborne. Then they understood.

Hindsight is 20/20

Hindsight IS 20/20. We can see the path only after we arrived and look back. We can look back over our life and see how the decisions we made brought us to where we are today. After the fact we know and understand how, but never before. So don’t use that excuse.

Don’t think you can be lazy and succeed. That isn’t what Hill implies. What he emphasizes is that it is NOT what most people think it is (hard work, education, luck, upbringing, economy, politics, etc.) that determines success. It is not those things.

Most people use those as excuses for why they can’t or haven’t succeeded. Napoleon says the way to riches and success and happiness is clear. He modeled it and studied those who mastered it. Success comes to the prepared mind.  There is  a formula.

Read Think And Grow Rich

Remember, we become what we think about. What we think about expands. What we think about we bring about. Napoleon said, ‘What you can conceive and believe, you can achieve’. Don’t let excuses prevent you from going after what you want.

I leave you with this quote from Napoleon, ‘When you begin to THINK AND GROW RICH, you will observe that riches begin with a state of mind, with definiteness of purpose, with little or no hard work. You, and every other person, ought to be interested in knowing how to acquire that state of mind which will attract riches.’

There Are 6 Steps To Get What You Want

Implement Napoleon Hill’s six steps for attaining your desires. Read and study them in Think And Grow Rich. This book has stood the test of time. Countless lives have been improved from having read this book. I know mine has. Yours can be too! It is powerful!

We could discuss Hills work for decades. It is so deep and layered. Study it! You will be glad you did. See you tomorrow.” Rex Sikes

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