There’s a great book on business and personal achievement that has sold millions of copies.
Yes, it was published in 1937, but Napolean Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” is as relevant today as it was nearly 70 years ago.
At the prodding of Andrew Carnegie — yes, that Andrew Carnegie, the industrialist, young journalist Napolean Hill set out to interview many successful people and boil down their triumphs into a simple formula. Carnegie thought this simple formula was something anyone could master and become successful.
In the book, Hill writes, “If you truly desire money so keenly that your desire is an obsession, you will have no difficulty in convincing yourself that you will acquire it. The object is to want money, and to be so determined to have it that you convince yourself that you will have it . . . You may as well know, right here, that you can never have riches in great quantities unless you work yourself into a white heat of desire for money, and actually believe you will possess it.”
In other words, if you want it, you gotta want it — bad. Though the book’s title mentions “rich” and deals with money throughout, its principles could be applied to any goal someone wants to attain. This book was written toward the tail end of the Great Depression, a time when people were hungry for an idea might ward off the hardship they had just endured.
One of the steps in achieving your goals, Hill writes in his book, is to write them down and say them out loud. (Go in the bathroom if you don’t want to look goofy talking to yourself.) There is something about the act of writing a goal down and verbalizing it that cannot be overstated.
Why am I bringing all this up? Because we’re about to begin a new year. If it’s been a good year for you, let’s repeat it and get better for 2014. If 2013 wasn’t such a good year, let’s get a lot better!
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