Napoleon Hill: Full Book Review – Lessons 6-10 + How I Live It

Lesson VI: Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm is a state of mind that inspires and arouses one to put action into the task at hand.  It does more than this — it is contagious, and vitally affects not only the enthusiast, but all with whom he comes in contact.

Enthusiasms bears the same relationship to a human being that steam does to the locomotive — it is the vital moving force that impels action.  The greatest leaders of men are those who know how to inspire enthusiasm in their followers.  Enthusiasm is the most important factor entering into salesmanship.  It is, by far, the most vital factor that enters into public speaking.

If you wish to understand the difference between a man who is enthusiastic and one who is not, compare Billy Sunday with the average man of his profession.

Mix enthusiasm with your work and it will not seem hard or monotonous.  Enthusiasm will so energize your entire body that you can get along with less than half the usual amount of sleep and at the same time, it will enable you to perform from two to three times as much work as you usually perform in a given period, without fatigue.

When your own mind is vibrating at a high rate, because it has been stimulated with enthusiasm, that vibration registers in the minds of all within its radius, and especially in the minds of those with whom you come in close contact.  When a public speaker “senses” the feeling that his audience is “en rapport” with him, he merely recognizes the fact that his own enthusiasm has influenced the minds of his listeners until their minds are vibrating in harmony with his own.

Lesson VII: Self-Control

Thought is the only thing over which you have absolute control, yet, unless you are the proverbial exception, which is about one out of every ten thousand, you permit other people en enter the sacred mansion of your mind and there deposit, through suggestion, their troubles and woes, adversities and falsehoods, just as though you did not have the power to close the door and keep them out.

You have within your control the power to select the material that constitutes the dominating thoughts of your mind, and just as surely as you are reading these lines, those thoughts which dominate your mind will bring you success or failure, according to their nature.

The fact that thought is the only thing over which you have absolute control is, within itself, of most profound significance.

You are searching for the magic key that will unlock the door to the source of power; and yet you have the key in your own hands, and you may make use of it the moment you learn to control your thoughts.

Place in your mind, through the principle of Auto-suggestion, the positive, constructive thoughts which harmonize with your definite chief aim in life, and that mind will transform those thoughts into physical reality and hand them back to you, as a finished product.

Lesson XIII: The Habit of Doing More Than Paid For

First: By establishing a reputation as being a person who always renders more service and better service than that for which you are paid, you will benefit comparison with those around you who do not render such service, and the contrast will be so noticeable that there will be keen competition for your services, no matter what your life-work may be.

Second: By far the most important reason why you should render more service than that for which you are paid; a reason that is basic and fundamental in nature; may be described in this way: Suppose that you wished to develop a strong right arm, and suppose that you tried to do so by tying the arm to your side with a rope thus taking it out of use and giving it a long rest.  Would disuse bring strength, or would it bring atrophy and weakness, resulting, finally, it being compelled to have the arm removed?

Lesson IX: Pleasing Personality

First: Select those whose characters were made up of the qualities which you wish to build into your own character, and then proceed, in the manner described in Lesson One, to appropriate these qualities, through the aid of auto-suggestion.  Create, in your imagination, a council table and gather your characters around it each night, first having written out a clear, concise statement of the particular qualities that you wish to appropriate from each.  Then proceed to affirm or suggest to yourself, in outspoken, audible words, that you are developing the desired qualities.  As you do this close your eyes and see, in your imagination, the figures seated around your imaginary table,in the manner described in Lesson One.

Second: Through the principles of lesson seven, on Self-control, control your thoughts and keep your mind vitalized with thoughts of a positive nature.  Let the dominating thought of your mind vitalized with thoughts of a positive nature.  Let the dominating thought of your mind be a picture of the person that you intend to be: the person that you are deliberately building, through this procedure.  At least a dozen times a day, when you have a few minutes to yourself, shut your eyes and direct your thoughts to the figures which you have selected to sit at your imaginary table; and feel, with a faith that knows NO LIMITATION, that you are actually growing to resemble in character those figures of your choice.

Third: Find at least one person each day, and more if possible, in whom you see some good quality that is worthy of praise, and praise it.  Remember, however, that this praise must not be in the nature of cheap, insincere flattery; it must be genuine.  Speak your words of praise with such earnestness that they will impress those to whom you speak; then watch what happens.  You will have rendered those whom you praise a decided benefit of great value to them; and, you will have gone just one more step in the direction of developing the habit of looking for and finding the good qualities in others.

Lesson X: Accurate Thought

Thought magnetizes your entire personality and attracts to you the outward, physical things that harmonize with the nature of your thoughts.  When you plant a definite chief aim in your sub-conscious mind you must fertilize it with full belief that infinite intelligence will step in and mature that purpose into reality in exact accordance with the nature of the purpose.

When you suggest a definite chief aim which embodies some definite desire, in your sub-conscious mind, you must accompany it with such faith and belief in the ultimate realization of that purpose that you can actually see yourself in possession of the object of the purpose.  Conduct yourself in the exact manner in which you would if you were already in possession of the object of your definite purpose, from the moment you suggest it to your sub-conscious.

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