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A Literal Success Truth That Never Fails

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

A Literal Success Truth That Can Never Fail - Bob BurgFormer Campbell Soup CEO, current Avon Chairman and leadership authority, Doug Conant recently tweeted this famously-profound quote from the classic, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill:

“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.”

This immediately brought to mind one of my all-time-favorite (and, unfortunately, often-misquoted) sayings by the legendary, late Zig Ziglar:

“You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”

What do those two powerful sayings have in common?

That to the degree we can take our focus off of ourselves and place it onto the other person, that’s the degree to which we ourselves will become successful.

Law #3 from The Go-Giver, The Law of Influence states:

“Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other peoples’ interests first.”

Of course, that doesn’t mean that we should be anyone’s doormat or in any way self-sacrificial. It simply means that when we move from an I or “me-focus” to an “other-focus, we naturally bring more value to — and hold more value to — that person. As Sam, one of the mentors in the story advised the protegee, Joe:

“Make your win about the other person’s win.”

How do you feel that person would then feel about you? Would they be more likely to buy from you? To want to do business with you? To make you a part of their life? Would they be more interested in your success? Would they be more excited about referring/introducing you to those they care about so that you could make your win about their wins, as well?

I believe that — as the first part of Mr. Hill’s quote opined — “it is literally true.”

What do you think? And, how do YOU make your wins about their wins?

A Favorite Paragraph from Think and Grow Rich

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

ThinkandGrowRichWhat a joy to present recently in Del Mar, California at the Think and Grow Rich Summit 2013. Hosted by speaker/author, Tony Rubleski in conjunction with the Napoleon Hill Foundation, it was three days jam-packed with terrific speakers, authors, thought and business leaders. While I could only stay for part of it, every speaker I saw rocked the house and, from what I heard, the rest of them did the same.

The focus of the event was on how the principles from the classic by Napoleon Hill touched so many lives and every speaker included that as part of their presentation.

While I spoke on The Five Laws from John David Mann’s and my book, The Go-Giver, it was very easy to cite numerous instances where its message was greatly influenced by Think And Grow Rich. And, as I re-read it just prior to the conference I happened upon a paragraph that has always been one of my favorites.

It’s step number five in Dr. Hill’s Self-Confidence Formula within his chapter on Faith (the book was published in 1937):

“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 the cooperation of other people. I will induce others to serve me, because of my willingness to serve others. I will eliminate hatred, envy, jealousy, selfishness, and cynicism by developing love for all humanity, 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.”

If you go through the above paragraph and make a study of it, you’ll see that it calls for you to focus on being of service (value) to others. It calls for you to focus on that, and on them. It calls for you to genuinely and continually place their interests first. And, in every aspect of such, you receive in-kind.

There is such immense brilliance in that paragraph, isn’t there?

What did you receive from that paragraph that I might have missed? And, how do you do in terms of applying Dr. Hill’s wisdom in this regard?

Honoring Napoleon Hill – A Chat with Tony Rubleski

Friday, March 15th, 2013

First published in 1937, during the Great Depression, it’s the book that a large number of hugely-successful people credit with helping them rise to that status.

I hope that Napoleon Hill’s classic, Think And Grow Rich is in a very visible place in your personal library, highlighted, underlined, well-notated and dog-eared. I also hope that you’ve read it numerous times and that you continue to do so. It’s principles are timeless and its lessons are invaluable.

ThinkandGrowRichA very well-known authority on both Napoleon Hill and Think And Grow Rich is my friend, Tony Rubleski, a marketing maven known best as the author of the Mind Capture series of books. In conjunction with the Napoleon Hill Foundation, he is also the host and creator of the upcoming, historic event, “Think and Grow Rich Summit 2013.”

In this chat, Tony and I discuss several things, including what we each believe were the two all-encompassing big ideas (of many) that weaved its way throughout the fabric of the book. We’ll then look at the biggest detriment to individual success.
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And, we’ll discuss the book Hill wrote in 1938 as a follow-up to Think And Grow Rich, but never published…until more than 70 years later.

Entitled, “Outwitting the Devil” the book ranks right up there with its predecessor. But, the back story regarding why it was kept unpublished for so long is both heart-breaking and enlightening. Tony will explain.

Enjoy our chat!

Can you imagine the conversations that took place between Napoleon Hill and Mrs. Hill, and eventually the relatives about whether or not to allow Outwitting the Devil to be published? One can only imagine how much not publishing it tore at Dr. Hill’s heart, knowing that he had information that would keep so many people from succumbing to what I referred to in our discussion as “The ‘D’ Word” (and, no, the D does not stand for devil) Turns out, it’s much worse. 🙂

* Be sure and check out the information for the event, including a complete list of those who will be presenting. I have a feeling this is going to be a fantastic three days!

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