In the early part of the Twentieth Century, Andrew Carnegie commissioned Napoleon Hill to write a book on success. It was to be the end all book to living your dream.
Carnegie told Hill that he would not pay him to write the book, but that for twenty years he would open doors for him to meet with the world's most successful men and women. After that twenty years he would have the knowledge to write a book on his own, and he could keep all the royalties.
Carnegie believed that there were things that those who succeeded in reaching their dreams had in common. He wanted Hill to discover those things they had in common and distill his findings into a book that anyone could read and thus take advantage of hard earned wisdom.
Hill jumped full on into the project, interviewing close to six hundred movers and shakers including some of the most wealthy, influential and famous people of the era. For instance, he interviewed men like Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, seeking to uncover what set them apart.
When he published his masterpiece he called the series 'The Laws of Success.' He became a millionaire in the process.
Then he lost it all and found himself bankrupt. Then the Great Depression hit, and countless men and women watched their savings simply vanish.
Instead of giving up, Hill went back to all his notes and put his research to work. He condensed his material and released it in the 1930' with the title, 'Think and Grow Rich', the book more people acknowledge for their own success perhaps more than any other motivational book.
Hill's story is fascinating because many people don't know that once he made it he lost everything, only to get it back again.
As Hill taught and believed, there are laws to success, and there are valuable lessons in failure, which really only exists if we don't learn something in the process.
Continue to shoot for the stars, and when you encounter setbacks, realize you are in very good company, and get ready to learn something very valuable!
What was Hill’s number one lesson? He called it ‘definiteness of purpose’, the idea that when someone decides on exactly what goal they want to reach without any question and fully believe they can accomplish that goal, they will be unstoppable. People that don’t know what they want drift, but those who have no doubt, opportunities will present themselves to open the way to their desired outcome.
If you haven’t read Hill’s book, do yourself a favor, see what achievers have in common, then model the steps they took, and be ready to live your purpose!