Napoleon Hill On Why And How You Can Be The Master of Your Fate And Captain of Your Soul

There are many books on personal finance today that explain and promise to show you how to get rich through spending less, saving more, investing and …. . But perhaps none said it better than a book published in 1937.

Napoleon Hill, who lived through Great Depression and was an author and former advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, interviewed “more than five hundred of the most successful men this country has ever known” to figure out the key to their good fortune. Andrew Carnegie was the man who advised Napoleon on finding the secret to success and teach it to people. The first draft of the book was 6 volumes and about thousand pages which was very hard for many to read all of it. So, he wrapped all of his insights in a 200-page package and published “Think and Grow Rich,” which went on to become one of the best-selling books of all time.

Despite Hill interviewing some of the most iconic businessmen of his day, none of his findings involved any particularly hard-to-attain skills.

His entire premise is helping people overcome the psychological barriers that keep them from wealth.

Hill writes: “Wishing will not bring riches, But desiring riches with a state of mind that becomes an obsession, then planning definite ways and means to acquire riches, and backing those plans with persistence which does not recognise failure, will bring riches.”

He mentions a poem by William Ernest Henley in his book which has inspired many successful people. In this post, you can find the poem and Napoleon Hill’s thought on it and why he thinks this poem is a brilliant masterpiece.




Napoleon Hill says:

Maybe it was much better if William Ernest Henley should have formed us that we are the masters of our fates and captain of our souls because we have the power to control our thoughts.
He should have told us that the ether that in which this little earth floats in which we move and have our being is a form of energy moving in an inconceivably high rate of vibration, and ether is filled with a form of power that adapts itself to the nature of the thought we hold in our minds, and influences us in natural ways to transmute our thought into their physical equivalents. If the poet had told us of this great truth, we would know why it is that we are the masters of our fates and captains of our souls.
He should have told us with great emphasis that this power makes no attempt to discriminate between destructive thoughts and constructive thoughts, that will urge us to translate into physical reality thoughts of poverty, just as quickly as will influence us to act upon thoughts of riches.
He should have told us that our brains becomes magnetised with the dominating thoughts that we hold in our minds, and by means with which no man is familiar, these magnets attract to us the forces, the people, the circumstances of life which harmonise with the nature of our dominating thoughts.
He should have told us that before that we can accumulate riches in great abundance, we must magnetise our minds with the intense desire for riches. That we must become money conscious until the desire for money drives us to create definite plans for acquiring it.
But being a poet and not a philosopher, Henley contented himself by stating a great truth in poetic form. Leaving those who followed him to interpret the philosophical meaning of his lines.
Little by little, the truth has unfolded itself, until it now appears certain that the principles described in Napoleon Hill’s great masterpiece, Think And Grow Rich, holds the secret of mastery over our economic fate.

Are you ready to examine the first of these principles?

As we go along and dig deep through these principles, it is necessary to maintain a spirit of open mindedness, and remember these principles are not the invention of one person. As Napoleon Hill explains these principles are the experiences of more that five hundred men who he interviewed, talked to and read about them, those who actually accumulated huge amounts. Many of these men started when they were very poor, had but little education, without influence.

If these principles worked for these men, you can put them to work for your own and reap huge benefits. as Napoleon Hill says; you will find them easy, not hard to do.

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In the next posts we focus on the principles discussed in Think And Grow Rich. So, keep reading! 
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