I suppose I can’t keep saying each book is my favorite…but this one is so. good. You may have heard of the Rich Dad, Poor Dad series by Robert Kiosaki. Well, this book was written by the co author of those books. She also partnered up with the Napoleon Hill Foundation to write this book (to give you a slight glimpse at how much of a marvel it is). “Napoleon Hill would be honored by this project.” – Stephen Covery, author of a NY Times Bestseller, The Speed of Trust.
OK- so let’s get into it! If you’re familiar with Napoleon Hill’s writings, you know that the point he drives home every time is the importance of our minds when it comes to success. It is believed that your mind and attitude can over-shadow any obstacles and drive you straight to success. Take a serious look at yourself and ask, “would I want to be my own friend? Would I want to be around myself?” This book starts off summarizing the life of a very young, successful man in NYC (named Greg) who seemingly has it all. However, the author goes on to describe his failing relationship and friendships, terrible hidden financial struggles, and poor attitude. He meets a man who teaches him very important life lessons…to not give the entire book away, I’ll only list a few.
- the most common cause of failure is quitting. (the main title/story of the book is intertwined with this statement right here). and the reason why they quit is because they don’t have something worth fighting for and aren’t commited to the outcome.
- success is about discovering your ultimate purpose and pursuing it with everything you have.
- before great success, you will surely meet with temporary defeat.
- work your strengths, hire your weaknesses.
- never make a major decision in a valley. (mental rut)
- a goal is a contract with yourself and should be based less on what you want to do and more on what you promise yourself you’ll actually accomplish.
- there is gold within 3 feet from where you’re standing. stay away from self pity, stop playing the victim, and don’t stop digging.
The book cleverly teaches us these things, and we also see the main character, Greg, grow- almost as if we’re envisioning him being ourself. In addition to this list, there are SO many awesome points in this book, as well as inspiring stories…I may have left some of the very best for you to read for yourself.
Thanks for reading! Laura 🙂
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