Napoleon Hill Principles

I subscribe to SUCCESS magazine and their weekly e-zine. It’s my personal development refresher to help me keep success principles top of mind.

This week’s feature is on Napoleon Hill’s “17 Principles of Personal Achievement” (available at www.Success.com/Hill). Upon reflecting on these success principles, it pretty much summarizes what I did to achieve my success and this means that these principles are universal. Anyone can apply them and achieve similar results.

Interestingly, upon re-reading this list, I remember when they were just words before. Words with no meaning. I had no relationship with those words. Napoleon was writing about something I had limited experience in. I had experienced some success but mostly spectacular failure.

Fortunately, a mentor and counselor helped me reframe my failures. If I spent just a fraction of the energy I used in sabotaging myself, just imagine what could happen if I supported myself.

When you apply these principles after the fact, only then does it become evident. The energy of action begets the energy of knowing. In the knowing of a thing, you finally come to the understanding of the thing.

I used to wait for these principles to become apparent before I would put them into practice. But it is taking action in the face of fear, doubt and inconvenience that builds the muscles for success.

Nike’s tagline says it all: Just Do It.

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