Dredging Google Books was fruitful today, uncovering some new items by or about Napoleon Hill.
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Because no one has asked yet it seems some people are getting the wrong idea.
I don’t hate Hill or think he was evil or a scheming con man.
I’ve read the single biography of him.
Anyone who does has to wind up asking, “Well, how could a guy who had the ‘secret’ to success fail so many times?”
This is something I’m certain Napoleon Hill would have added to his “Magic Ladder” had he paid a bit more attention to the actual anatomy of industry.
It’s a tool to ensure the completion of any project, whether for work or for life. But it’s hardly ever used and whenever it’s suggested or revealed, it’s usually dismissed or ridiculed.
It’s a very simple tool that is possibly the most powerful thing on earth.
It’s a checklist.
Trust me, you must read that. It’s one of the most inspirational things I’ve ever read.
1) There’s no shame in starting at the bottom. The bottom is what most people ignore. But that’s where the rich soil is that will make things really grow. It seethes with opportunities.
2) At a discussion elsewhere, someone used the phrase “valuable problem.” If you can find one of those to solve, you’ll make money. He did. But he found it only because he was at the bottom. When someone says, “I hate this and don’t want to do it,” an alarm should blare: “Opportunity!”
3) Napoleon Hill said, “Start where you are with what you have.” He did. He had just a spreadsheet! Let that sink in. His entire business was a spreadsheet and it grew from that. Would you think a spreadsheet could grow into something?
4) He didn’t have to know everything to start. I have zero idea of what technical infrastructure his company now runs on. And when he began, he probably didn’t know what he’d need, either. But what he didn’t know didn’t stop him.
5) He had determination. That’s most of the damn battle right there, what used to be called “stick-to-itiveness.” Determination can be applied to anything. It’s the overriding trait that makes everything possible.
Past real-life inspirational stories at The iPeople Blog
From a 1920 issue of American Stationer and Office Outfitter:
Charles M. Schwab Tells How to Succeed in Business
In an Address at Princeton University Last Week Mr. Schwab Puts Loyalty, Concentration, Good Humor and the Ability to Make Friends as Prime Essentials of Commercial Success — Whether in Big Business or Small, the Qualifications Are Similar, in Proportion
Following are some of the important excerpts from Mr. Schwab’s address.
I know that it is very difficult to convince the great majority of people that men who are in active pursuit of life have any other object in view than the making of money. Well, now, boys, that is a great mistake. The real leaders of industry and the real men in life and the real successes in life are not always the men who have made lots of money or a great fortune.
Google Book Search is an embarrassment and this should have surfaced in my earlier search.
Not all who wear little American flags in the lapel of their coats and take off their hats as the flag goes by, are loyal Americans.