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16 traits about the rich and successful
« on: September 03, 2014, 01:10:02 PM »
When the young journalist Napoleon Hill
interviewed the industrialist Andrew Carnegie in
1908, Carnegie liked Hill so much that he decided
he would share all of the strategies that turned
him from a penniless immigrant into the richest
man in the world.
From that point forward, Hill dedicated his career
to understanding the work ethics of highly
successful people like Thomas Edison and Henry
Ford, collecting them into his own philosophy and
then packaging it into articles, books, and
lectures for regular people wanting to achieve
more in life. His 1937 book " Think and Grow
Rich " is one of the bestselling books of all time.
Before he began writing books, Hill ran two
magazines with articles that provided the
foundation for his most famous work. In the
inaugural April 1921 issue of Napoleon Hill's
Magazine, Hill wrote about "The Magic Ladder to
Success," an essay based on a speech he gave on
a tour of the U.S. and would later adapt into a
full-length book in 1930. We found it in " Napoleon
Hill's First Editions: From the Napoleon Hill
Archives
."
After spending 12 years analyzing "more than
12,000 men and women," both successful
entrepreneurs and ordinary people, Hill determined
16 elements of exceptional leaders that anyone
can practice:
1. They have a definite aim in life.
Hill likens having just a vague aim to succeed to
being a ship without a rudder. "Bear in mind that
both your definite aim and your plan for attaining
it may be modified form time to time... The
important thing for you to do now is to learn the
significance of working always with a definite aim
in view, and always with a definite plan," Hill
writes.
2. They are self-confident.
To be capable of setting ambitious goals, you
need to believe you can follow the plans to
achieve them. And when you believe in yourself,
others tend to believe in you as well.
3. They show initiative.
The only way to rise up the corporate hierarchy
or to develop your own business is to to look for
other things to accomplish once you've fulfilled
your regular duties.
4. They are imaginative.
A lack of the driving force of initiative and the
creative power of imagination is "the main reason
why 95% of the adult people of the world have no
definite aim in life, which, in turn, is also the
reason why this same 95% constitute the
followers in life," Hill says.
5. They are active.
You may have earned multiple degrees from elite
universities and have read history's most
important books, but none of it means anything if
you don't turn knowledge into action.
6. They are enthusiastic.
Do what you love, Hill says, or else you will lack
the energy to become truly successful.
7. They practice self-control.
Hill says that he did not start to become
successful until he learned that he was working
against himself whenever he gave into anger or
arrogance. "No person ever became a great leader
of others until he first learned to lead himself,
through self-control," he writes.
8. They go beyond what's required of them.
The most successful people outperform their
competition, and when they make it to the top,
they compete with themselves.
9. They are incredibly likable.
When you are charismatic and foster relationships
with others, you build a network of people who
are willing to help you without your asking.
10. They know how to separate truth from bias.
Because their actions have ramifications for other
people, leaders understand that they cannot take
what they hear or read at face value, and learn
how to pluck truth from others' worldviews.
11. They are focused.
Successful people are able to concentrate their
energy and skills toward specific goals without
becoming distracted by irrelevant issues.
12. They are persistent.
Those who are able to achieve success are not
stopped by the inevitable nonstop challenges and
setbacks that are in their path to attaining their
goals.
13. They are resilient.
"When you begin to realize that failure is a
necessary part of one's education, you will no
longer look upon it with fear, and lo! the first
thing you know, there will be no more failures!"
Hill writes. "No person ever arose from the
knockout blow of defeat without being a stronger
and wiser human being in one respect or
another."
14. They are sympathetic.
In " Think and Grow Rich ," Hill writes that it's not
a coincidence that history is filled with tyrants
and dictators being overthrown. The most
successful leaders work in harmony with their
team, not in dominion over them.
15. They work hard.
Hill says that this sounds simple enough, but it's
important to remember that even if you achieve
your greatest goal, you need to continue pushing
yourself or risk losing everything you worked for.
16. They are empathetic.
Hill's favorite philosophical maxim is The Golden
Rule, which states, "Treat others the way you
would like to be treated." He uses it as the final
rung of the ladder to true success. Hill writes:
The Golden Rule acts as a barrier to all of man's
tendencies toward the destructive use of power
that comes from developing the other qualities
outlined in this ladder. It is the thing that
antidotes the harm man could do without
knowledge and power; the thing that guides man
to the intelligent, constructive use of those
qualities he develops from the use of the rungs of
this ladder.

 

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