I ask not for divine providence or more riches, but more wisdom...Submitted by RobHino on Thu, 03/14/2013 - 13:09
"I ask not for divine providence or more riches, but more wisdom with which to accept and use wisely the riches I received at birth in the form of the power to control and direct my mind to what ever ends I desire." - Napoleon Hill
What the mind can conceive, believe, and achieve
Here's another great quote from Hill, "Success is the knowledge to get whatever it is that you want out of life without violating the rights of others and by helping others acquire it."
Napoleon Hill (October 26, 1883 – November 8, 1970) was an American author in the area of the new thought movement who was one of the earliest producers of the modern genre of personal-success literature. He is widely considered to be one of the great writers on success. His most famous work, Think and Grow Rich (1937), is one of the best-selling books of all time (at the time of Hill's death in 1970, Think and Grow Rich had sold 20 million copies). Hill's works examined the power of personal beliefs, and the role they play in personal success. He became an adviser to President Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1933 to 1936. "What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve" is one of Hill's hallmark expressions. How achievement actually occurs, and a formula for it that puts success in reach of the average person, were the focal points of Hill's books...
...Hill considered the turning point in his life to have occurred in the year 1908 with his assignment, as part of a series of articles about famous and successful men, to interview the industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. At the time, Carnegie was one of the most powerful men in the world. Hill discovered that Carnegie believed that the process of success could be outlined in a simple formula that anyone would be able to understand and achieve. Impressed with Hill, Carnegie asked him if he was up to the task of putting together this information, to interview or analyze over 500 successful men and women, many of them millionaires, in order to discover and publish this formula for success.
As part of his research, Hill claimed to have interviewed many of the most successful people of the time in the United States. In the acknowledgments section of his 1928 multi-volume work The Law of Success, Hill listed 45 of those studied by him during the previous twenty years, "the majority of these men at close range, in person", like the three to whom the book set was dedicated, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, and Edwin C. Barnes, an associate of Thomas Edison. Carnegie had given Hill a letter of introduction to Ford, who introduced Hill to Alexander Graham Bell, Elmer R. Gates, Thomas Edison, and Luther Burbank. According to the publishers, Ralston University Press (Meriden, Conn.), endorsements for the publishing of The Law of Success were sent by a number of them, including William H. Taft, Cyrus H. K. Curtis, Thomas Edison, Luther Burbank, E.M. Statler, Edward W. Bok, and John D. Rockefeller. The list in the acknowledgments also includes, among those of them personally interviewed by Hill, Rufus A. Ayers, John Burroughs, Harvey Samuel Firestone, Elbert H. Gary, James J. Hill, George Safford Parker, Theodore Roosevelt, Charles M. Schwab, Frank A. Vanderlip, John Wanamaker, F. W. Woolworth, Daniel Thew Wright, and William Wrigley, Jr. Hill was also an adviser to two presidents of the United States of America, Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
The video I linked to above is already having a direct impact on me, and I thank DPer hawkiye for bringing it to my attention in a comment on a previous post of mine titled, F.U.C.U. - Freedom United Credit Union, where I proposed a seemingly insurmountable challenge.
The video outlines 3 simple steps to begin your journey towards success. After procuring a neat, pocket-sized notebook, do this:
1. On page 1, write down a clear description of your major desire in life. It could be one circumstance, or a position, or thing, which you will be willing to accept as your idea of success. And remember before you begin writing that your only limitations are those which you set up in your own mind, or permit others to set up for you.
2. On page 2 of your notebook, write down a clear statement of precisely what you intend to give in return for that which you desire from life. And then start in, right where you stand now, to begin giving.
3. Memorize both of your statements, what you desire, and what you intend to give in return for it. And repeat them at least a dozen times daily. And always end your statements with this expression of gratitude for the blessings with which your were gifted at birth:
I ask not for divine providence or more riches, but more wisdom with which to accept and use wisely the riches I received at birth in the form of the power to control and direct my mind to what ever ends I desire.
After I finish watching all the videos below, I'll post my statements in the comments, and I'd love to read what you came up with if you're willing to share!
If you feel so compelled to continue watching this presentation from Napoleon Hill, as I did, here are the rest of the videos in that series. I highly recommend you view these videos, and act upon them so we can all achieve the goals we choose to accomplish in our own lives.
Here are all the individual video topics for easier browsing:
Note: For those quickly looking to label this blasphemy or "new age" or create a divisive message in this thread, please don't. Here's an alternative wording of Hill's expression of gratitude, which he actually favored: "Oh Divine Providence, I ask not for more riches, but more wisdom with which to make wiser use of the riches You gave me at birth consisting in the power to control and direct my own mind to what ever ends I desire."
There should be value for people of all religious persuasions in this thread. I hope you'll choose to discuss the valuable things you may find here, rather than focusing exclusively on that which you disagree. This is NOT a thread on religion.