Recently a friend of mine said to me, “The first time I heard you speak I was struck by your confidence; Combined with your humility, it was the reason I reached out to you. It’s a great combination.”

Upon reflection, I determined there was one book that influenced that combination, the classic self-help book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. I read it 25 years ago, it change my life. It’s loaded with so many great ideas, words fail in trying to describe how this gem, written in 1935 might change your life.

Here is just ONE of the ideas. Would you like to double your income? Close twice as many sales next year? Increase your confidence? Your customers buy you. What if you read this for 90 days? (My paraphrases are in brackets)

I know that I have the ability to achieve the object of my definite chief aim and purpose in life; therefore, I demand of myself persistent continuous action toward its attainment, and I here and now promise to render such action!

I realize the dominating thoughts of my mind will eventually reproduce themselves in outward, physical action, and gradually transform themselves into physical reality; therefore, I will concentrate my thoughts for 30-minutes-a-day upon the task of thinking on paper of the person I intend to become, thereby creating in my mind a clear and exciting mental picture! (For 90-days I will write my #1 Goal out in my journal = “______________” and wait for the ideas & road signs that will inevitably come to me in my morning THINK sessions).

I know through the principle of autosuggestion (declaring & affirming aloud), any desire that I persistently hold in my mind will eventually seek expression through some practical means of attaining the object back of it; therefore, I will devote 10-minutes daily to demanding of myself this development of self-confidence!

I have clearly written down a description of my definite chief aim in life (__________________________) and I will never stop trying until I shall developed sufficient self-confidence for its attainment!

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 myself the forces I wish to use, and cooperation of other people. I will induce others to serve me, because of my willingness to serve others first and enthusiastically. I will eliminate hatred, envy, resentment, self-pity, selfishness and cynicism by developing a true love for all of humanity (“I love people!”). Because I know that a negative attitude toward 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 sign my name to this formula, commit it to memory, read it aloud once-a-day for 90-days with full faith that it will gradually influence my thoughts and actions so that I will become confident, grateful, and a successful professional.

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Humility is an interesting thing. The moment you realize you have it, it’s gone. Thanks Napoleon.

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