Business Tips — Think and Grow Rich

A series of Business Tips from the book:Think and Grow Rich 2
The Classic Napoleon Hill Masterpiece THINK AND GROW RICH [Illustrated & Annotated]
By Napoleon Hill

TRULY, “thoughts are things,” and powerful things at that, when they are mixed with definiteness of purpose, persistence, and a BURNING DESIRE for their translation into riches, or other material objects.
— Napoleon Hill

According to Wikipedia, Think and Grow Rich “was written in 1937 by Napoleon Hill and is a personal development and self-improvement book. Hill was inspired by a suggestion from … business magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.”

This classic book has been revised and published many times over.  And even though it was written during the Great Depression, the philosophy’s taught in the book are as valuable today as they were 80 years ago.

If you are not familiar with the story behind the book, the 16 laws of success, outlined in the book, were accumulated over 20 years of interviews with numerous wealthy men such as Henry Ford, Theodore Roosevelt, Charles Schwab, John D. Rockefeller, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, and a long list of other successful businessman.


One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat.
— Napoleon Hill


Or maybe you are smarter than me and don’t get caught in this trap!

We face small defeats everyday.  Either they cause us to fail or they help us build on our mistakes.  Sometimes, it all depends on your perspective

According to Napoleon, most men (or women) find success “just one step beyond the point at which defeat had overtaken them.”

Folks who make their living in sales understand this principle quite well, as you cannot always take the first NO as the final answer.

What circumstance in your life may tempt you to quite when you are only facing a temporary defeat?


Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to burn his ships and cut all sources of retreat. Only by so doing can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a BURNING DESIRE TO WIN, essential to success.
— Napoleon Hill

When I decided to become self-employed, the first thing I did is quit my job.  I was unhappy with the way my young boss was treating me, so this was not a difficult decision.

Although, I don’t recommend this course of action for everyone, I know that my decision forced me into an arena where I knew I had to make my self-employment work.

And I, probably like you, had a burning desire to succeed as in my new business as an independent sales rep.  I was driven to make that next sales call or search for that new line of products in order to fulfill that desire.

Most successful artisans, professional crafters — or any entrepreneur — does the same thing to succeed!


Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to burn his ships and cut all sources of retreat. Only by so doing can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a BURNING DESIRE TO WIN, essential to success.
— Napoleon Hill

I know this sounds very scary … and I don’t think quitting your day job before you get your business going is his advice here.

But I do know that if we are only halfheartedly committed to our goal — your ‘burning desire to win’ — you will only halfheartedly succeed.

Commitment is the key — we need to be FULLY committed to what we are during — and not always looking back at what we could fall back on if we don’t succeed.  In my case, it was quitting my job.  Even though I had my husband’s income to fall back on, I knew that at 48 years old, I didn’t have much options for finding a good job at that age!

So, have you burned your ships and cut all sources of retreat??


Faith is the “eternal elixir” which gives life, power, and action to the impulse of thought! … ALL THOUGHTS WHICH HAVE BEEN EMOTIONALIZED, (given feeling) AND MIXED WITH FAITH, begin immediately to translate themselves into their physical equivalent or counterpart.
– Napoleon Hill

In other words, if you believe you will succeed, a way will be made for you to succeed!  BUT, you have to really believe in it first.

When I started my sales rep business, I knew I could succeed.  After all, I had sold Encyclopedias in a economically challenged area, I could certain sell products to retailers.  (Of course, I had my doubts from time to time!)

Dedicated entrepreneurs can succeed at anything they put their minds to — and you are no different.

If you are interested in putting your plan into action by learning how to get started selling wholesale to retailers, I suggest you purchase my Complete eGuide for Selling to Gift and Retail Shops.


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