Inspirational Biz Tips from Napoleon Hill

A series of Business Tips from Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill (born Oliver Napoleon Hill; October 26, 1883 – November 8, 1970) was an American self-help author. He is well known for his book Think and Grow Rich (1937) which is among the top 10 best selling self-help books of all time Hill’s works insisted that fervid expectations are essential to improving one’s life. Most of his books were promoted as expounding principles to achieve “success”.

First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.
~Napoleon Hill

Did you ‘daydream’ when you were younger?  I think daydreaming is the precursor to the imagination that Napoleon is referring to in his quote.

We imagine something — maybe an idea or maybe a product or business we want to form.  Then our brains start formulating that ‘daydream’ into some organized thoughts.  Next thing you know, we have a plan that moves into reality as we act upon it.

All it all starts with just a thought, imagination gone free, a daydream …. do you think this is how Disney or Microsoft or Walmart was started?

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Wise men, when in doubt whether to speak or to keep quiet, give themselves the benefit of the doubt, and remain silent.
~Napoleon Hill

Everyone has an opinion, right?  But is this opinion important, relevant, or life changing? Most of the time, it is not.  And many times, it is coming from disagreement, misunderstanding, and disbelief!

I find Napoleon’s quote very deep as it talks about how wise men deal with opinions — especially their own.

You have probably heard the quote:  Be slow to speak and quick to listen.  But how many of us are too quick to give our opinion on a subject?

Maybe we would all be better off as people and a nation if we gave more time to being silent and listening.

What are you listening to today?

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Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.
~Napoleon Hill

How can opportunity come in the form of defeat?

When we are in our ‘comfort zone’, we typically don’t stretch ourselves, but just enjoy the complacency.  Why stir the pot if we are content?  But this is not how life works, is it?

I know, personally, that I tend to learn more and see more options in my life when I am forced to — which is usually during adversity.

While in turmoil, we use our minds, our spiritual practices and our desire to learn to find ways to turn our situation around.  It is then when we see the opportunities that we may never have seen while we were complacent!

Next time you are ‘uncomfortable’, look for the opportunity beyond the problem!

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