This is the final article in my 3 part series that outlines the 13 of 17 principles provided by Mr. Napolean Hill.
Mr. Hill’s principles may be part of what he has called “Think and Grow rich.” However, I want to repeat that this is not simply a way to think money into existence because that does not work. These are principles that are practical as well as mental advice that can change your attitude as well as your work ethic. A perfect combination of a positive mindset and excellent work ethics will almost guarantee success whether it’s financial or personal success.
Here are Principles 8-13 as the video I watched finishes without discussing Principles 14-17.
Enthusiasm is one of the most important traits for leadership. The warmth of enthusiasm you show when meeting a person will leave a favourable impression when meeting someone.
- Turn on enthusiasm, make them feel you’re happy to talk to them
- Firm hand shake and firm squeeze at the end of each word you express in your greetings (don’t crush the hand)
- Direct the conversation to a subject of interest to the other person
- Follow through by eagerly asking questions to keep attention focused on the other person
Doing this will make the other person more willing to listen to you when you’re ready to speak to them or sell to them. Spoken words without enthusiasm are boring and ineffective.
Enthusiasm is easy to express when doing so about something you have a burning desire for or a motive for something you’re interested in.
3 basic motives that practically rule the world
- Desire for financial gain
It has been claimed a combination of these 3 motives can turn a mediocre person into a genius.
Ninth Principle-Personal initiative
This process transfers your definite purpose into physical action. Your success is something you’ll have to achieve without someone telling you how to do it.
Two kinds of men that amount to nothing much. Those who cannot do as they’re told and those who cannot do nothing else.
Those who amount to something in life are those who can do without being told what to do and how to do it. This habit will not only motivate someone to move on their own responsibility but it will carry them on to complete whatever they decide to start.
Attributes of someone with personal initiative:
- Has a definite major purpose in life and a plan for its attainment
- Has a master mind alliance with those who can help achieve their purpose
- Has necessary persistence and will to win to carry along when it gets hard and is met with obstacles
- Makes decisions promptly when having all the necessary facts and changes them slowly if at all
- Does more than paid for and does so in a pleasing positive mental attitude
- Accepts full responsibility for everything involved in and never passes the buck when something goes wrong
- Can take friendly criticism without resentment
- Knows the 9 basic motives that inspire people and never requests someone to do something without invoking one of these basic motives
- Never expresses an opinion without much thought and ability to explain how the opinion was formed
- Fosters the habit of listening much and only talking when it can benefit self or others
- Well-developed habit of observation for small details and knows job inside and out, including small details
- Never tells anyone to do something without suggesting why and how it can be done best
- Concentrates full attention on one thing at a time
- Mental attitude is positive at all times when communicating with others
- Answers questions directly, even if saying “don’t know”
- Never puts off for tomorrow what should be done now
Tenth Principle-Learning/Profiting from Adversity
A positive mental attitude is the only means where you can convert adversities into assets in your life. Once you learn that you can benefit from adversity, you will acquire the habit of looking for that asset during the hard times.
Using personal initiative, one can take their adversities and turn them into powerful advantages for achieving our definite of purpose in life.
Assignment: Go back into past experiences and study each adversity or failure you may have experienced and look for a seed of benefit you may have not discovered before. You may find yourself richer than you believed yourself to be.
Eleventh Principle-Creative Vision
Two forms of imagination:
Synthetic which consists of organizing and putting together of recognized ideas, concepts and facts arranged in a new combination. Very seldom does anyone create anything new, it’s usually a combination of something that is already known.
Example of synthetic imagination discoveries/inventions
- Edison’s incandescent lamp
- Piggly Wiggly store system
- Henry Ford’s first automobile
- Eskimo Pie
Creative which operates through the 6th sense and is based in the subconscious of the brain and serves as a medium for which new ideas or facts are revealed.
Example of creative imagination discoveries/inventions
- Edison’s Phonograph
- Marconi’s Wireless communication
- Marie Curie’s discovery of Radium
- Wright’s Perfection of modern airplane (combination of creative and synthetic imagination)
Imagination is a trait that becomes alert only by action of the principles that have been supplied so far. You are the only one that can supply this action.
Twelfth Principle-Rules of Accurate Thinking
Accurate thinking is based on inductive and deductive reasoning. Inductive reasoning is used when the necessary facts to base your thinking on is not available, in this case you act on hypothesis. Deductive reasoning is used when you have the facts on which to base your thinking.
The next step is to separate facts from fiction and whether you’re dealing with inductive or deductive reasoning. Separate facts into important and unimportant facts.
An important fact is any fact that will aid you to attaining your major purpose in life. You should take daily inventory of all the facts that claimed your day and label them in important and unimportant to see what your day is like.
Avoid giving opinions that are not based on facts. To avoid being victim of unfounded opinions of others, ask a simple question “how do you know?” This will force the speaker to identify their source so you can determine the validity of their opinions.
7 rules to bring you top rating as an accurate thinker
- Never accept the opinions of others until you’ve learned the source of their opinions
- Free advice will bear the closest of examination until acted upon as safe
- Alert yourself when someone speaks ill of another so you are aware that what you are hearing is biased and maybe a misstatement
- When asking someone of something, don’t let them know what you’re looking for because a lot of people like to please others and may simply repeat what you’re looking for
- Anything which exists is capable of proof
- Truth and falsehood carry with them a silent invisible means of identifying them as such
- Ask how do you know when someone makes a statement you cannot identify as true
Thirteenth Principle-Cosmic Habit force
Establishing one’s own habits and movement throughout life. Instinct can be overcome and a person can establish their own habits to their own pleasing. This is forming a pattern that is engaged in until it becomes a cosmic habit force for an individual.
Nothing ever just happens by luck, every effect has its definite cause. You should have a fixation on your definite purpose in life and keep it directed to the attainment of this purpose.
(This section is quite wordy but above is the general idea).
The “Science of Success philosophy” contains 17 principles that Mr. Hill sought to discover when he was given the task by Andrew Carnegie. Mr. Hill interviewed a lot of successful people to get to the 17 principles.
This video on youtube stops at principle 13 but the book is available which contains the 17 principles which may differ slightly from the information in this video.
Overall, I found the lessons to be very insightful. The main idea is to fix your mind, get it right, positive and focused on your purpose in life. It requires a lot of mental effort to be successful. The mental preparation partnered with physical principles are key to achieving your goals.
Think well, be focused on your goals and work hard, smart and well. From this final part that I wrote, I found the principles about Accurate thinking (#12) and turning an adversity (#10) into an asset to be the most helpful. These principles allow a person to act on accurate information as well as make the best out of troubling times in life.
Overall, there is a lot of information provided in this video. Some of which may have been more wordy than necessary. Some points could have been made without so many examples, but the few principles that you will find beneficial, makes this video worth the watch. The information is free but applying the information will require a lot of self-reflection and efforts made to bring about change. You can “think and grow rich” in many areas of life, it starts with your mental attitude and disposition.