Freedom is making up your own mind

Beware of him who tries to poison your mind against another under the pretence of helping you. The chances are a thousand to one he is trying to help himself.

South African poet and painter Breyten Breytenbach tells of a black man named Freedom who was the property of a one-legged slave owner in the days before the abolition of slavery. Whenever the owner bought a new pair of shoes, he gave the left one, which he couldn’t use, to Freedom. Eventually, wearing two left shoes deformed Freedom’s right foot, and he was permanently crippled by the “generosity” of his master. Don’t be fooled by people who attempt to further their own interests under the guise of helping you. Listen to advice from others, thank them for their interest, and make up your own mind about what is best. Follow their advice if it fits with your plan for your life, but don’t hesitate to discard it if it doesn’t. In all the world, there is only one individual who knows what is best for you, and that person is you.

source: The Napoleon Hill Foundation, Thought of the Day


How Henry Ford used the Mastermind Principal

Henry Ford industrialistHenry Ford, while appearing as a trial witness, was badgered by an attorney who tried to discredit his testimony by calling his education into question. Mr. Ford was asked a few questions about American history which any high school student could easily answer, and when he did not know the answers, it placed the attorney in a most advantageous position, until Mr. Ford stated that he was successful man, responsible for a great number of people and in control of a great deal of power. He had little use for such knowledge, and if by chance he need it, he had at his disposal people who could get him the answers to those questions in minutes. Bravo!

In Henry Ford‘s retort, there is a valuable lesson for every one attempting become financially independent. That lesson is commonly known as the Mastermind Principle. In short, it means having at your disposal a body of knowledge in human form which you can consult when the need arises.

Here’s an example: A doctor tends to earn a substantial amount of money his job, and is faced with the harsh reality that he can never be as well informed about his job as he’d like to be. So to manage his affairs, he has an accountant, investment advisor, a banker and a stock broker. And to help him in his job, he consults with specialists, other general practitioners, talks to hospital staff and consults with the most brilliant men in his field whenever the need arises. These people are his mastermind group, and they provide him with the information he needs when he needs it reducing his need to spend great amounts of time hunting up this information for himself.

The importance of such a group in your life is not to be underestimated. If you intend to operate your own business, you MUST have a mastermind group if you are to learn and grow with the fewest setbacks.

The formation of your mastermind group requires nothing more than the establishment of contact either for business or social reasons with the people who have the knowledge you will need to draw upon to help yourself. The selection of the mastermind group is somewhat more difficult, for you must choose the finest people you know in every field you wish to have. Never, ever shoot too low. When you approach these people, tell them exactly what you want to accomplish, why you have contacted them, and offer them any help they might need that you are able to give in return.

You will generally discover that the old saw is true: the bigger they are, the nicer they are, and the more willing they are to help others. Chances are excellent that they had to do the same thing you’re doing in their climb to the top and are ready to return the favour. By the way if you find your first few contacts bring you no results, perhaps you had better evaluate your choice of role models and your motives for choosing those particular people.

Mail order people especially should establish mastermind groups with other mail marketers. Don’t be secretive about your techniques, facts and figures, especially in your advertising.

Wouldn’t you love to swap facts and figures in person or in personal letters with people at least as experienced as you? You can imagine the savings in investment in new programs alone, since you’ll be able to find out from others how they have done.

The worst thing you can do once you’ve established the mastermind group is not use it. You have flattered a number of people by asking for their help. Do not insult them by not taking advantage of the situation.

Make a commitment to offer the same help to others once you have made The climb to the top is said to be a lonely one, but it should never be that way. It’s easier to pull things than push them, and believe us when we tell you the climb will be a lot easier if you can get people who have already made it to the top!


Deepak Chopra teaches more than just Creating Health

Deepak Chopra Creating Health: How to Attain Perfect Health and Feel Ever Youthful - How to Attain Perfect Health and Feel Ever YouthfulWhen I first began hearing of Deepak Chopra, I did not think to much of him. My best friend Nathaniel recommended The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams a long time ago but I’ve yet to read it. So recently I picked up this book on sale from Exclusive Books, a big book store chain in South Africa, like Borders or Barnes & Noble in the USA. Anyway this book has made a tremendous impact on how I view healthy living. Firstly I now see how I can live a healthier life and enjoy more of life. This sounds stupid and simple but I always imagined living healthy to be some kind of effort. And in fact it should be or could be effortless – it all starts with your mind and how you think, and how you feel about yourself. Much of what Deepak Chopra says resonates so much with what is the The Secret (Extended Edition) I am very surprised they did not interview him.

The way this book is written makes it a really quick and easy read. The chapters are short and the whole book is divided into four sections: Health and Disease, Laying the Foundation, Strategies for Creating Health and Toward a Higher Reality: Mediation and Metamorphosis.

Now one of my own internal guides is when I see references to other people I already respect. For example Deepak Chopra quotes Napoleon Hill, my all time favourite motivational author, several times in the later half the book, and it fits. He also references his friend Dr Wayne Dyer, which I think is the leading light in the West when it comes to manifesting your reality. All this can be bit much to believe for someone who is not familiar with the law of attraction, and changing your physiology by changing your thoughts but give this one a try. It’s short, direct, simple to understand and yet it encompasses a vast body of knowledge. And I really enjoyed the fact that he ended off focussing on the new physics as he calls it that was started with Einstein. There is a link between quantum physics and the old paradigms of the East. And you don’t even have to read The Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra to see it. As they see in these circles believing is seeing not the other way around.

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On Being a Lady

This is from the Napoleon Hill Foundation’s Thought of the Day, “Margaret Thatcher once observed that being powerful is like being a lady: If you have to tell others you are, you aren’t. Truly great leaders gain respect by the way they conduct themselves, not by the loudness of their orders. You gain respect by respecting others”

Now what I  about this is it talks about how important you have to BE for success in dating and life in general. You have to BE CONFIDENT to approach a woman. You have to BE ARTICULATE when doing a business presentation, etc. There’s no way to fake till you make it. The Universe will only allow it for so long and you have to get your shit together sooner or later.


Drifting, witout aim or purpose, is the first cause of Failure

I got this from the Napoleon Hill Foundation, “Without a plan for your life, it is easier to follow the course of least resistance, to go with the flow, to drift with the current with no particular destination in mind. Having a definite plan for your life greatly simplifies the process of making hundreds of daily decisions that affect your ultimate success. When you know where you want to go, you can quickly decide if your actions are moving you toward your goal or away from it. Without definite, precise goals and a plan for their achievement, each decision must be considered in a vacuum. Definiteness of purpose provides context and allows you to relate specific actions to your overall plan.”

Clearly this applies to Dating as well because most people DO NOT know what it is they want and what they don’t want. A woman will typically believe in a romantic fantasy of meeting “the man of her dreams” by accident. And if its meant to be she will meet him this way. She will believe things like “you can’t find the one you’re looking for, you have to let him find you…” And with men its almost the same. They don’t know what they want, so now they meet a physically attractive woman and they completely forget about the things they don’t like in her ’till its to late. What I mean is they become almost blind as in “love is blind” or rather “lust is blind” and therefore they put up with what Canadian relationship guru Stephane Hemon calls “pussy power” and this ultimately destroys their masculinity.


The grandfather of success and motivation books, Think and Grow Rich

I’ve been studying various books over the last 6 months in order to find the secret of success and wealth. And I’m likely to continue researching and studying these books for years to come. My search originally began by identifying the historically revered books such as:

Of these I found Napoleon Hill’s philosophy is the most practical because it gives very specific step by step instructions. I went as far as downloading an audio interview with Napoleon Hill by American motivational speaker, Anthony Robbins. I’ve given copies of this audio interview to several people and I can only hope they will find as much benefit from it as I have. The key to success is to know what you want to achieve, and the incrementally do the necessary steps to achieve the goals. Becoming the best God intended you to be.

Think and Grow Rich! is a motivational book. Written by Napoleon Hill and inspired by Andrew Carnegie, it was published in 1937 at the end of the Great Depression. In 1960, Hill published an abridged version of the book, which for years was the only one generally available. In 2004, Ross Cornwell published Think and Grow Rich!: The Original Version, Restored and Revised, which restored the book to its original content, with slight revisions, and added the first comprehensive endnotes, index, and appendix the book had ever contained.

The text of Think and Grow Rich! is founded on Hill’s earlier work, The Law of Success, the result of more than twenty years of research based on Hill’s close association with a large number of individuals who achieved great wealth during their lifetimes.

At Carnegie’s bidding, Hill studied the characteristics of these achievers and developed fifteen “laws” intended to be applied by anybody to achieve success. Think and Grow Rich! itself condenses these laws further and provides the reader with 13 principles in the form of a philosophy of personal achievement.

Reflected in these principles is the importance of cultivating a burning desire, faith, autosuggestion and persistence in the attainment of one’s goals. Hill also discusses the importance of overcoming many of the common fears that can adversely affect one’s thinking and potential.

In his introduction, Hill refers to the “Carnegie Secret“, a conception which he reports is the foundation of all success and appears to be the premise of the book. Hill promises to indirectly describe this “secret” in every chapter, but never state it plainly, believing the use of the secret is only available to those who possess a “readiness” for it, a disposition Hill describes as essential to the concept itself.