Napoleon Hill: Law of Success Review – Lessons I-V

We’ve finally come to the completion of one of the greatest books to have ever been assembled.  I’m truly grateful that this was the game-changer that stepped into my life, gawking at me on a bookshelf in Asia Books in Siam Paragon, Bangkok – 2 years ago.  Yes, it took a long time for me to digest everything that was written inside, but I needed to re-read everything and make sure I understood it 100%.  This was the book that disrupted everything Thai society was throwing at me.  The “ewwww black man….” and other senseless comments, which I’ve reiterated so much, subsided after developing the skills laid out in this book.

So, enough about me.  How can I sum up each chapter, in it’s entirety, into a blog and podcast? I’ll go over the most important aspects: quotes, sayings, creeds, laws, etc.  I’ll also post some links down below of the podcasts I’ve done in the past.  Since this would be an ultra-long blog post, I’ve decided to split them up in increments of 5, making it easier to read.

This is not from personal experience, but merely what this book has stated.

Lesson I – Chief-Aim

A definite purpose is something that you must create for yourself.  No one else will create it for you and it will not create itself.  What are you going to do about it? And when? How?

Start now to analyze your desires and find out what it is that you wish, then make up your mind to get it.  Make that aim clear and back it up with persistence which does not recognize the word “impossible.:

When you come to select your definite chief aim just keep in mind the fact that you cannot aim too high.

Also keep in mind the never-varying truth that you’ll get nowhere if you start nowhere.  If your aim in life is vague, your achievements will also be vague.

So, in steps…

  • Find out your major aim in life.
  • Write out a clear, concise statement of this aim.
  • Write a map or maps through which you intend to attain the object of that aim.
  • Form an alliance with people who will cooperate with you in carrying out these plans and transforming the aim into reality.
  • Those who join should sign, with you, your statement.
  • Arrange with one or all of the members of your friendly alliance to state to you, in the most positive and definite terms at their command, that they know and realize the object of your definite chief-aim.

From time-to-time you will have to switch up the plans and make changes.  No human being has sufficient foresight to build plans which need alteration or change.

If any member of your friendly alliances loses faith in the law known as the “MasterMind,” immediately remove that member and replace them.

If you fail, either temporarily or permanently, it’s because one of the members of your alliance did not enter into the spirit.

Lesson II – Self-Confidence 

First: I know that I have the ability to achieve the object of my definite purpose, therefore I demand of myself persistent, aggressive and continuous action toward its attainment.

Second: I realize that the dominating thoughts of my mind eventually reproduce themselves in outward, bodily action, and gradually transform themselves into physical reality, therefore I will concentrate my mind for thirty minutes daily upon the task of thinking of the person I intend to be, by creating a mental picture of this person and then transforming that picture into reality through practical service.

Third: I know that through the principle of Auto-suggestion, any desire that I persistently hold in my mind will eventually seek expression through some practical means of realizing it, therefore I shall devote ten minutes daily to demanding myself the development of factors named in the fifteen lessons of this course.

Fourth: I have clearly mapped out and written down a description of my definite purpose in life, for the coming five years.  I have set a price on my services for each of these five years; a price that I intend to earn and receive, through strict application of the principle of efficient, satisfactory service which I will render in advance.

Fifth: I fully realize that no wealth or position can long endure unless built upon truth and justice, therefore I will engage in no transaction which does not benefit all whom it affects.  I will succeed by attracting to me the forces I wish to use, and the co-operation of other people.  I will induce others to serve me because I will first serve them.  I will eliminate hatred, envy, jealousy, selfishness, and cynicism by developing love for all humanity, because I know that a negative attitude towards others can never bring me success.  I will cause others to believe in me because I will believe in them and in myself.

I will print this formula, which I can find on this blog, and sign my name to it, committing it to memory and repeat it aloud once a day with full faith.

Lesson III – The Habit of Saving

First, through the law of Definite Chief Aim you set up, in your mind, an accurate, definite description of that which you want, including the amount of money you intend to earn.  Your subconscious mind takes over this picture which you have created and uses it as a blueprint, chart or map by which to mold your thoughts and actions into practical plans for attaining the object of your aim/purpose.  Through the Law of Habit you keep the object of your Definite Chief Aim fixed in your mind until it becomes firmly and permanently implanted there.  This practice will destroy the poverty consciousness. You will actually begin to demand prosperity, you will begin to expect it, you will begin to prepare yourself to receive it and to use it wisely, thus paving the way or setting the stage for the development of the Habit of Saving.

Second, having in this manner increased your earning power you will make further use of the Law of Habit by provision, in your written statement of your Definite Chief Aim, for saving a definite proportion of all the money you earn.

Lesson IV – Leadership

First: You must master the habit of procrastination and eliminate it from your make-up.  This habit of putting off until tomorrow that which you should have done last week or last year or a score of years ago is gnawing at the very vitals of your being, and you can accomplish nothing until you throw it off.

The method through which you eliminate procrastination is based upon a well known and scientifically tested principle of psychology which has been referred to in the two preceding lessons of this course as Auto-suggestion.

a. Doing some of definite thing each day, that ought to be done, without anyone telling me to do it.

b. Looking around until I find at least one thing that I can do each day, that I have not been in the habit of doing, and that will be of value to others, without expectation of pay.

c. Telling at least one other person, each day, of the value of practicing this habit of  doing something that ought to be done without being told to do it.

I can see that the muscles of the body become strong in proportion to the extent to which they are used, therefore I understand that the habit of initiative also becomes fixed in proportion to the extent that it is practiced.

I realize that the place to begin developing the habit of initiative is in the small, commonplace things connected with my daily work, therefore I will go at my work each day as if I were doing it solely for the purpose of developing this necessary habit of initiative.

Lesson V – Imagination

You will never know what is your capacity for achievement until you learn how to mix your efforts with imagination.  The products of your hands, minus imagination, will yield you but a small return, but those selfsame hands, when properly guided by imagination, can be made to earn you all the material wealth you can use.

You can also develop this faculty in your own mind, or you can ally yourself with those who have already developed it.


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