Monday, June 25, 2007

Law of Success Part III

A special three part series on Napoleon Hill's "Law of Success" featured in the Hero Soul ezine:

1. The World’s First Trillionaire:
Lessons From the Richest Man Who Ever Lived

2. Featured Quote
3. Law of Success Part III: The Conclusion
4. Billionaire Mentoring in NY and Chicago
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1. The World’s First Trillionaire: Lessons from the Richest Man Who Ever Lived

While experts predict Bill Gates will become the world’s first trillionaire, there may have been one who came before:

“Solomon not only gained a worldwide reputation as the wisest man in history, his wealth was legendary as well,” writes Steven K. Scott. “His gold reserves alone would be worth nearly a trillion dollars in today’s dollars. In the book of Proverbs, Solomon reveals his strategies for achieving success, wealth, and personal happiness.”

I just finished listening to Steven K. Scott’s audio series, Lessons From the Richest Man Who Ever Lived, and I found he did such an AWESOME job of deciphering the deep wisdom of King Solomon’s secrets that I’m personally recommending it as a great resource to have in one’s learning treasure chest.

Who is Steven Scott? Even though Steve flunked out of nine jobs in his first six years after college (with an income less than half the national average and a boss who told him he’d never succeed), he persevered and went on to co-found the American Telecast Corporation, generating over 2 billion dollars in sales and becoming one of the most successful marketing entrepreneurs in the history of direct response television marketing.

“Steve later discovered that the same strategies that made him millions in business were equally powerful when applied to marriage and parenting relationships.”

Here’s what my favorite boyhood martial arts movie-star hero had to say about Steve’s breakthrough audio series:

“PHENOMENAL! Steve Scott has ‘cracked’ the Solomon Code. He takes the inspired Wisdom of Solomon and transforms it into simple, yet powerful steps we can take to solve any problem and achieve true fulfillment and extraordinary success, at home and at work.” Chuck Norris, Movie and Television Star

Actually, Bruce Lee is my all-time favorite with Jet Li coming in second. But Chuck Norris still kicks butt!

To get your copy of Steven Scott’s life-changing audio series, click on the following link:
Lessons From the Richest Man Who Ever Lived

Now, let’s move on to the conclusion of my three part “Law of Success” series…

2. Featured Quote

“I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.”
- John D. Rockefeller

3. Law of Success Part III: The Conclusion

Dear Friends and Subscribers,

Welcome to the conclusion of my three part series commemorating the 21st Century Edition of Napoleon Hill's landmark work, "Law of Success," which reveals 17 Principles of Success that can help take your career and life to the next level. These are proven principles based on Hill’s 25 years of research personally studying the lives of over 500 of the world’s greatest achievers.

Law of Success Part I and Part II covered the first 11 of these principles. (Which you can find in previous posts on this blog). Law of Success Part III will now conclude with the remaining 6 of these valuable, time-tested principles which can help you succeed in all areas of your life. Enjoy:

Principle # 12: Concentration

“Concentration is the act of focusing the mind on a given desire until ways and means for its
realization have been worked out and successfully put into operation.” – Napoleon Hill

In this age of mass communications, we are beginning to face a global epidemic of mass distraction that is becoming dangerous – and in some cases lethal. (The rising pedestrian and motor vehicle driver deaths due to the host of electronic distractions is just one sad example).

The Weapons of Mass Distraction available to us are just overwhelming: email, cell phones, pagers, text messaging, video games, GPS navigational systems, video games, DVD players, TV, web cams, blackberries, faxes, ipods, and the explosion of social networking sites, just to name a few. (When used intelligently these tools can be powerful, but when used ineffectively, they become what I call, “Weapons of Mass Distraction!” (Oh my, did I forget to include
propaganda on the list?).

The act of pure concentration and singular focus is something that I wrestle with everyday. As I’m writing, I’ve been going back and forth between my email program and this newsletter. I haven’t even covered the first principle in this ezine and I’m checking my voicemail. Shortly after, I check on my profile on a social networking site I belong to and post a message before returning to the newsletter.

This is ridiculous I realize! I need to produce a quality newsletter that subscribers will find engaging and useful. So, I finally get around to shutting down my email program and closing some websites. But now I’m experiencing email withdrawal symptoms and my thumb and forefinger keep hitting the alt tab buttons on my computer in the hopes of returning to my email program. Yes, I too have been seduced by the Weapons of Mass Distraction!

For concentration to be effective, Hill maintains that it is vitally important to keep your mind focused on ONE subject until you’ve mastered it; to focus on ONE given problem until you’ve solved that problem.

What I find helps is starting a task with a burst of energy and enthusiasm which will provide the momentum to complete the task successfully. Just watch Olympic sprinters at the start of a race and you’ll know what I mean.

Finally, in this age of sensory overload, some sensory deprivation might be in order. Hill recommends that you set some time everyday where you can enter a quiet place, close your eyes, and put your fingers in your ears, blocking all light and sound, and just repeat your chief aim and see yourself in full possession of the object of your aim.

Just practicing this simple technique everyday will help you concentrate on doing the important tasks that will eventually lead to a quantum breakthrough in your life.

Principle # 13: Cooperation

“Cooperation is the foundation of all successful leadership.” – Napoleon Hill

According to Hill, there are two forms of cooperation: 1). The cooperation between a group alliance Master Mind (which was covered in my Law of Success Part I overview) to achieve a desired end, and 2). The cooperation between the conscious
and subconscious minds to draw upon creative intelligence (a theme that continues throughout this overview).

Power is developed through organized effort. And for any organized effort to be successful, the harmonious cooperation of people focused on a singular purpose is required.

Harmony is the key. And it would serve you well to study the main personality types of people before forming a team so you can bring together people who compliment each other rather than compete with each other. (“What Type Am I” by Renee Baron is a good first book to understanding personality types).

One thing in the “Law of Success” that really struck me as very powerful was an important observation that Napoleon Hill made: “A great leader is one who understands how to create a “motivating objective” that will be accepted with enthusiasm by every member of [the] group…Most people will work harder for the attainment of an ideal than they will for money.”

What is your company’s or team’s “motivating objective” or ideal? Figure that one out and the wings of cooperation will carry you and your team members to new heights!

Principle # 14: Profiting by Failure

"If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate."
-Thomas Watson, Sr. Founder of IBM

Profiting from failure is an overdone topic in the field of personal development so I won’t spend too much time on this principle. It’s overdone for the very reason that there’s much truth in the idea of people reaching higher levels of success by persevering and learning from failure instead of quitting. It’s no accident that John D. Rockefeller felt that perseverance is the single most important quality to achieving success.

I’ve observed over the years that success comes to leaders in almost direct proportion to the amount of adversity and failures they’ve overcome and learned from in life.

That old cliché, ‘if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again’ applies here. Of course, I’m not saying you necessarily keep on doing the same thing expecting the same results (another definition for insanity).

Seek counselors and mentors that you can trust to help evaluate the effectiveness of your plans. Explore the reasons that are limiting your success by asking them how they see you limiting yourself.

If your first plan to achieving your chief aim in life does not succeed, than change it! And keep on changing it until you’ve reached your target, just as an airplane makes thousands of adjustments and flight corrections before reaching its destination.

Principle # 15: Tolerance

“Minds are like parachutes; they work best when open.” – Lord Thomas Dewar

If we adopt a closed mind we stop acquiring knowledge. And natural law states that we are either growing or dying.

I don’t like the word ‘tolerance.’ I much rather prefer embracing new ideas and having an insatiable curiosity for learning other people’s customs, belief systems, and unique perspectives. I look at it as an adventure!

Finding ways to harness cultural differences within teams and organizations will be the new currency in an increasingly globalized economy.

Principle # 16: The Golden Rule

Napoleon Hill recognized that the frivolous use of power from the knowledge that is being shared with you will only backfire and be destructive to self and others. Selfish pursuit of your chief aim without regard for others will eventually come back to haunt you.

We reap what we sow. What goes around comes around. Therefore, the Golden Rule is: do unto others as you’d have done unto you. Before doing anything, ask yourself if it will benefit or hurt the person involved.

It’s easy to be self-centered. To transcend self, think more of what the other person wants and feels before acting.

See the good in others. Catch people doing things right instead of always looking for the wrong. Kindness and justice toward others goes a long way in establishing successful business and personal relationships. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: “Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.”

Finally, Hill takes us deeper with the Golden Rule philosophy when he said, “think of others as you’d wish them to think of you.” Live this philosophy and your life will be enriched in many unforeseen ways.

Principle # 17: The Universal Law of Cosmic Habitforce

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” - Aristotle

The Universal Law of Cosmic Habitforce is that intangible, unseen force which is made tangible and visible in nature. Just observe nature and you will experience Cosmic Habitforce in action.

When you fix in your mind a purpose consciousness focused on your chief aim in life through repetition of thoughts and deeds, Cosmic Habitforce will take over and carry it to its logical conclusion, just as an acorn seed will always produce an oak tree through proper care and nurturing.

It takes constant vigilance, determination, and willpower to maintain that purpose consciousness, but eventually Cosmic Habitforce will always bear fruit and your life will be richly rewarded.

In closing, I’d like to point out that at the beginning of every chapter in Napoleon Hill’s “Law of Success” are the words: “You can do it if you believe you can!”

It’s that simple. I’m not saying it’s easy, but it really is that simple. Mahatma Gandhi once said,
“If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn’t have it in the beginning.”

Believe in yourself! Believe you can do it and move forward this day with faith and confidence.

Many blessings to you along your journey. I hope that you’ve benefited from reading this series and I’d like to encourage you to share these important principles with your friends, family, and associates. I’d also like to highly recommend getting a copy of Napoleon Hill’s “Law of Success: 21st Century Edition” to add to your personal library. It’s a life-changing book, and I mean that as no exaggeration.

P.P.S. As I mentioned in my previous newsletter, if your organization requires a professional writer to assist with an important writing project, send me a private email with the requirements. I might be able to help.

To your success,

Sharif Khan
Freelance Writer, Inspirational Keynote Speaker
Author of “Psychology of the Hero Soul”
Web:; Tel: 416-417-1259

4. Billionaire Mentoring in NY and Chicago

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